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. Tickets are available from December 1st.

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. Tickets are available from December 1st.


Every human being carries along over a hundred thousand billion microbes. 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 composed of and how they function when you are healthy or indeed when you are sick. This will be illustrated by scientific research currently being conducted at several knowledge institutions and universities. We will address how our current knowledge about the human microbiome  can be used for diagnosis, prognosis and interventions. This year the lecture series will take place for the first time in the planetarium of ARTIS. Therefore, a special session is included about planetary health and astrobiology.   

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


The human microbiome in health and disease 2022 (Jan 13 - Feb 3 2022)

Venue: The Planetarium of ARTIS in Amsterdam.

  • Thursday, January 13 (10.00 – 12.00 AM)

An introduction into the human microbiome  Prof. Remco Kort , Host Microbe Interactions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and ARTIS-Micropia.
The role of bacterial glycogen metabolism in the vagina  Dr. Rosanne Hertzberger , Guest Researcher, Host Microbe Interactions, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

  • Monday, January 17 (10.00 – 12.00 AM) 

The Human Microbiome: From Structure to Solutions   Dr. Clara Belzer



The role of the intestinal microbiome in obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Prof. Max Nieuwdorp , Professor Internal Medicine, Amsterdam UMC.

  • Thursday, January 20, (10.00 – 12.00 AM)

Diet based modulation of the gut microbiome  Dr. Justin Sonnenburg , Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA.

The oral microbiome in health and disease  Prof. Egija Zaura Professor in Oral Microbial Ecology. Academic Center for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA).

  • Monday, January 24,  (10.00 – 12.00 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.

  • Thursday, January 27, (10.00 – 12.00 AM) – special session planetary health and astrobiology

Planetary health: Microorganisms and climate change  Prof. Jef Huisman Professor of Aquatic Microbial Ecology, University of Amsterdam.
Extraterrestrial challenges for microbial life  Dr. Ingeloes ten Kate  Associate Professor Astrobiology, Utrecht University.

  • Thursday Feb 3, (10.00 – 12.00 AM) 

Student Top 5 Lectures and Micropia Microbiome Award 2021 (12.30 PM).

  • 12.30 PM

Micropia Microbiome Award 2022.

  • 13.00 PM

Visit to ARTIS-Micropia, world’s only microbe museum.

Practical information

When Thursday 13 January until Thursday 3 Februari
What time 10.00 - 12.00 PM
Where ARTIS-Planetarium


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

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Registration possible as of 1 december