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Honorary Professorship for Cutting-edge Research in Biophotonics: Prof. Jürgen Popp Receives Distinction from Wuhan Textile University

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Microorganisms rule the world through space and time. Microbial consortia and their interactions control the environment and health. Their disturbance by (a)biotic factors has drastic consequences. A balanced interaction between all partners is critical for the maintenance of:

  • Functioning of all ecosystems
  • Stable climate
  • Growth and well-being of plants and animals
  • Human health and sustainable natural resources

The mission of the Microverse Cluster is to provide the scientific basis for understanding microbial balance from the molecular to the ecosystem level. We ultimately aim to develop technologies allowing for targeted interventions to maintain or restore microbial balance.

Learn more about our mission in a video statement of our spokesperson Kirsten Küsel

Upcoming events

Volkshaus Jena, Jena, Germany

International Symposium of Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva

We cordially invite you to contribute your work to the International Symposium of Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva! The conference entitled "Unraveling the Linkage of Surface and Subsurface Ecosystems in a Changing Environment" will take place on 6-7 June 2024 in Jena, Germany.

Abstract Submission, Registration, and More information:
Please visit our event website for further information and detailed author and presenter guidelines:

Upcoming events

MiCom 2024

10th International Conference on Microbial Communication for Young Scientists.

The MiCom is a great platform to encourage discussions between young scientists and experts from all fields of research related to microbial communication. The conference traditionally consists of five chaired sessions, each containing outstanding keynote lectures and a number of selected student talks.


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:

  • Planetarium Film
  • Videos
  • Audio
  • Artists Collaborations & Exhibitions
  • Book Club: Science meets Society

Learn more