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EMBO | EMBL Symposium: The human microbiome

September 20, 2023 to September 23, 2023



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.


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.



JUN 28:     Abstract Submission
AUG 09:     Registration (On-site)
SEP 13:       Registration (Virtual)

On-site Registration   |   Virtual Registration



September 20, 2023
September 23, 2023
Event Category:


EMBL Heidelberg and Virtual


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