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 ‘student’ to register. 


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 the hygiene hypothesis, probiotics, bacteriophages and antimicrobial resistance are also dealt with. 

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


  • Monday January 7 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Introduction to the human microbiota - Prof dr Remco Kort (VUA, ARTIS-Micropia) 
Glycogen metabolism in the vagina - Dr Rosanne Hertzberger (VUA)

  • Tuesday January 8 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Acquisition of the human microbiota - Dr. Dries Budding (UMCA)
Bacterial lysates: renewed attention for an ancient therapy – Dr Gerdien Tramper (EUR)

  • Wednesday January 9 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Friendly interactions between microbes and their human host - Prof. dr Ger Rijkers (UCR)  
The hygiene hypothesis revisited  - Dr. Hermelijn Smits (LUMC)   

  • Thursday January 10 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Antibiotic resistance: the case of Mycobacterium tuberculosis - Prof dr Wilbert Bitter (VUA, UMCA)
Bacteriophages as potential treatment for urinary tract infections - Dr. Wilbert Sybesma (DSM) 

  • Friday January 11 (9.00 - 11.00 am)

Exploring probiotics for the upper respiratory tract – Dr. Sarah Lebeer (University of Antwerp)
Disentangling microbiome and probiotic science from fake news – Prof dr Gregor Reid (University of Western Ontario)

Practical information

When Monday 8, Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 en Friday 12 January
What time 7 until 10 January: 10.00 - 12.00 am, 11 January: 9.00 - 10.00 am
Where Collegezaal at ARTIS
Language English
Costs € 160 (€ 128 for ARTIS members)
  Please buy your ticket online to be assured of a place.

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