Lecture series The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease

By Micropia professor Remco Kort and various guest lecturers.

The lecture series Human microbiome in health and disease is offered to you by VU Amsterdam and ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo. Anyone with any microbiological knowledge can register for this lecture series. The lecture series will be given in English. Click on the button ‘buy tickets’ below to register.

Students and PhD candidates of all Dutch universities can follow this lecture series as part of their curriculum or PhD programme. Click on the button ‘sign up’ to register. You can buy a regular ticket by clicking on the button 'buy your ticket' below.


Every human being carries along over a hundred thousand billion microbes, which are minuscule organisms that you need to live. In five lectures, you will be introduced to various microbiota, groups of microbes found in and on your body. You will learn what they are made up of and how they work when you are healthy or indeed when you are sick. This will all be illustrated by scientific research currently being conducted at knowledge institutions and universities. Micropia professor Remco Kort will provide insight into what we know about the microbes in our body and how we can use the knowledge about this minuscule life in diagnosis and prognosis and for interventions. The lectures given by various guest lecturers will teach you how the microbiome is acquired, while other subjects such as probiotics, the dark side of science and the human microbiome are discussed. 

This lecture series is intended for students and interested parties with some knowledge of microbiology. 


  • Monday 4 January (10.00 - 11.45 am)

Introduction into the human microbiome Prof. Remco Kort - Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam and ARTIS-Micropia.
The role of bacterial glycogen metabolism in the vagina -   Dr. Rosanne Hertzberger  - Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam.

  • Thursday 7 January (09.00 - 10.50 am)

Probiotics: can they deliver what they promise?
Prof. Bruno Pot , Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 
Host microbe interactions at the mucosal surface.
Prof. Ger Rijkers , University College Roosevelt, Middelburg

  • Monday 11 January (09.00 - 10.50 am)

The Human Microbiome: From Structure to Solutions  
Prof. Willem de Vos , University of Helsinki  (online from Helsinki) 
The role of the intestinal microbiome in obesity and type 2 diabetes
Prof. Max Nieuwdorp , Amsterdam UMC

  • Thursday 14 January (09.00 - 10.50 am)

The Dark Side of Science: Bias, Fraud, and Fake News
Dr Elisabeth Bik , Harbers Bik LLC. (online from California)
Bacteriophage based therapies of bacterial pathogens
Prof Stan Brouns , Technische Universiteit Delft (online from Delft)

  • Monday 18 January (09.00 - 10.50 am)

The oral microbiome in health and disease 
Prof Egija Zaura , ACTA Amsterdam
How the gut microbiota metabolize food components and medication affecting our brain 
Dr Sahar El Aidy , Universiteit Gronngen (online from Groningen)

  • Thursday 28 January Visit Micropia (09.00 - 10.50 am)

Student Top 5 Lectures and Micropia Microbiome Award 2021 (11.30 am -12.50 pm) ​​​​​​.​ Micropia Microbiome Award 2021 at Micropia if the museum is open again.

Practical information

When Monday 4 until Thursday 28 January
What time 09.00 - 10.50 am (except Monday 4 January: 10.00 am - 11:50 am and Thursday 28 January: 9.00 am - 12.30 pm).
Where ARTIS-Micropia via livestream
Language English
Costs € 100 Free for students,(register below)

It is possible to sign up for the lectures until Wednesday December 30, 12 am.

Livestream lecture

The lecture will also be availabe via livestream. Streaming of the lecture series is sponsored by Yakult.

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