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 6 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Introduction to the human microbiota - Prof dr Remco Kort (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam and ARTIS ) 
The role of glycogen metabolism in the vagina - Dr Rosanne Hertzberger (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam)

  • Thursday January 9 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Dealing with BIG DATA -  Dr Douwe Molenaar  (Department of Molecular Cell Biology, VU University Amsterdam)
CRISPR/Cas: Discovery, mechanism and applications - Prof John van der Oost  (Bacterial Genetics group in the Laboratory of Microbiology at Wageningen University)

  • Monday January 13 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

The hygiene hypothesis revisited -  Prof. Huub Savelkoul (Department of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University)
Immunological Interactions at the mucosal surface – Prof. Ger Rijkers (University College Roosevelt, Middelburg)

  • Thursday January 16 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

The human microbiome: experience from the lab bench - Prof Remco Kort
Metabolic activity of the gut microbiota: implications for human health -  Dr Erwin Zoetendal (Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen University)

  • Monday January 20 (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Microbes, metabolites and Crohn's disease -  Dr Jurgen Seppen (FNWI, University of Amsterdam)
Interventions of the diseased human intestinal microbiome - Prof Ed Kuiper  (Department of Medical Microbiology. LUMC, Leiden)

  • Thursday January 23 Visit Micropia (13.00 - 14.30 am)

Presentations Microbiome Award (at the Blue Star Room)

Practical information

When 6, 9, 13, 16, 20 and 23 January
What time 10.00 - 12.00 am (walk in 9.30), 23 January: 13.00 - 14.30 am
Where Collegezaal at ARTIS
Language English
Costs € 160 (€ 148 for ARTIS members)
  Please buy your ticket online to be assured of a place.

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