Microbial Ecology

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Microbial Ecology

Understanding emergent properties of microbial communities: from microbes to ecosystem

To be determined


Microbial communities are everywhere and their properties have critical impact on our lives and our planet. But where do these community properties come from? Ultimately properties, such as diversity, stability, resilience, function and dynamic evolution arise from the interactions of the constituent microbes with each other and their environment. But how do we connect understanding of the physiology of individual microbes in the lab to the seemingly overwhelming complexity of microbial communities in soil, marine or human environments? What role do model systems play? Are there general principles? How do we connect the different levels of organisation?

These are big questions with no clear answers. But what happens if we lock you up for one week with experts in fields such as molecular systems biology, game theory, microbial physiology, ecology, metagenomics, bioinformatics and evolutionary biology, each providing their perspective on these microbial community properties? It may not give clear answers, but lots of new ideas, insights, perspectives, friends and research directions, we expect. More than enough reasons to participate in this course! 

Course set-up

The course is composed of a series of lectures, subsequent discussions, working group activities, and poster sessions. The course will start on Sunday in the late afternoon (4-5 PM) with welcome drinks, a dinner, and a keynote lecture by George Kowalchuk. The course will run till Friday lunch (1-2PM). As soon as more detailed information about the programme is available, this will be published here.

List of speakers in 2022 edition
Course organisers
General information
Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs, and other academics
Group Size Max. 40 participants
Course duration 6 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Every three years
Number of credits 1.5 ECTS
Lecturers See description above
Prior knowledge Basic knowledge of microbial ecology is assumed
Location to be determined
More information

Miriam van Heist (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 489131 or (0) 6 28521546
Email: miriam.vanheist@wur.nl


At this moment, this course is not scheduled yet. However, if you register your interest in this activity below, we will inform you as soon as the course is scheduled and registration of participation is opened.