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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

JSMC, Neugasse 23, SR 101

Welcome Meeting Postdoc Program

The JSMC as the main Graduate School of the Excellence Cluster "Balance of the Microverse" is now starting a new Postdoc Program! The program is directed at postdoctoral researchers and PhD candidates who are about to defend soon.

The Postdoc Welcome Meeting will be on December 5th, 2023 in the big seminar room in Neugasse 23 at 9 am! Here you will get detailed information together with Welcome Gifts.

Upcoming events

Großer Rosensaal, Fürstengraben 27, Jena

CZS Honorary Guest Lectures

The Jena Alliance, a network of graduate schools in Jena, funded by the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung, would like to invite you to our next CZS Honorary Guest Lecture which will be given by Prof. Twan Lammers (RWTH Aachen University Clinic) on Nano needs Light to impact Life: Integrating Imaging in Cancer Nanomedicine Clinical Translation

Further details and abstract

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.