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EMBO | EMBL Symposium

The human microbiome


This conference will take place at EMBL Heidelberg, with the option to attend virtually. Please see EMBL’s COVID-19 safety policy for testing and other requirements if attending the on-site event.

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Symposium overview

Human microbiota – the collection of microbes living in and on our body – have a significant impact on human health and well-being. They have been associated with numerous diseases, yet we are still far from understanding their role in the context of lifestyle and genetics. Various initiatives are underway around the world to survey the human microbiota at several body sites, characterise them, understand their interactions with the human hosts, elucidate their role in diseases, and design possible therapeutic or dietary interventions. There is a new wave of studies mining the human microbiota for health-relevant bioactive compounds, for characterising specific microbial strains and for cataloguing the human microbiota from all across the globe. This conference will provide plentiful opportunities for researchers to learn about and to connect to important developments in studying the human microbiota. The return of this established meeting will bring together the community for a timely, in-person symposium picking up on developments across the field since the last edition in 2018.

For 2023, sessions will focus on the human microbiome across biological time and in nutrition and drugs, host-microbe interactions, integrative approaches in microbiome research and methodological advances in microbiome analysis. The final session will look to the future of microbiome research and translation.

What past participants say about the conference

“This meeting was in my top 3 of best meetings ever that I attended. The atmosphere was very lively, with lots of good discussions with diverse scientists. The topic, microbiome research, was covered extremely well. I am looking forward to attending the next time this meeting is taking place!”

– Peter van Baarlen, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.



Yasmine Belkaid

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH)


Kenya Honda

RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences


Ruth Ley

Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology


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Date: 20 - 23 Sep 2023

Location: EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual

Venue: EMBL Advanced Training Centre


  • Manimozhiyan Arumugam
    University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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