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What is the Microverse

Microorganisms rule the world: they are found in all habitats on earth and coexist with plants, animals and humans. The interactions of complex microbial communities with each other, with higher organisms and with the abiotic environment determine the functioning of ecosystems, our climate and the well-being of all organisms. Human activities or infectious microorganisms can dramatically disturb microbial communities and may result in the deterioration of ecosystems, weather extremes, severe crop losses or disease.

We aim to understand the formation and balance of microbial consortia and their interactive networks and offer innovative solutions for fighting disease and environmental dysbalance. Balance of the Microverse is a Cluster of Excellence at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. It is funded by the German Research Foundation under Germany's Excellence Strategy.

Upcoming events


Künstlerische Tatsachen: Arts and Science

Bringing science and art together and develop TRAFO Jena into a unique place of exchange between the disciplines!

"Arts and Science Soiree" closing event: 29.09. 2023,  4 pm – 10 pm at TRAFO Jena (Tickets can by purchased here)

For all those who can't make it on Friday, the exhibition in TRAFO Magazine will still be open from 30.9. - 8.10. (2 pm - 8 pm).

Upcoming events


Internal Microverse Seminar

Cédric Lood, Microbial and Plant Genetics, KU Leuven
Scientist Exchange Program: Talk title TBA

Xia Jia, Viral Ecology, FSU
How microbial communities adapt to biotic and abiotic changes after community coalescence

Teaser: Research

Research: Into the Microverse

We investigate the dynamic balance of microbial consortia, the underlying factors and responses to disturbances.

Teaser: About

About: We are the Microverse

We bring together researchers from different disciplines to conduct joint research on the dynamics of microbial communities on earth.

Teaser: Career

Career: You are the Microverse

We foster international collaborations and exchange, and promote gender equality as well as the compatibility of family and career.

Teaser: Selected Publications

Selected Publications

View selected publications from our investigators in the thematic area of the Microverse Cluster.


We aim to make our research more accessible to different target groups as we translate the scientific results into various projects.

The following selection shows examples of our Outreach Activities:

  • Videos

  • Audios

  • Microbial Kitchen

  • Artists Collaborations

  • Book Club

Learn more.