Welcome to the JSMC

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is not only an Excellence Graduate School, but also a lively network of scientists from a broad variety of natural & life sciences institutes and an umbrella organization for three Research Training Groups in Jena. The JSMC was first awarded funding within the German Excellence Initiative in 2007. In June 2012 the Excellence Status of the JSMC was confirmed and funding for an additional six years was granted to the Graduate School. Since 2019 the JSMC is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

Today, JSMC hosts a total of about 130 doctoral researchers. Their research projects are situated at the numerous institutes that make up the JSMC network, including institutes and clinics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as well as non-university research institutions.


Hendrik Huthoff
Hendrik Huthoff
Scientific Management


+49 3641 93042-0

Katja Präfcke
Katja Präfcke
Administrative Management


+49 3641 93042-1

Jena School for Microbial Communication
Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Neugasse 23
07743 Jena, Germany

News & Events

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 6 pm
Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal), Jena
MiCoCo: Commensal gut bacteria-derived microvesicles: Mediators of microbe-host crosstalk and vehicles for mucosal drug delivery
Lecturer: Prof. Simon Carding, Gut microbes in health and disease, University East Anglia, UK

MiCoCo Program for the Summer Semester 2019

Friday, June 28, 2019
Hans Knöll Institute Jena
JSMC Alumni Meeting on June 28, 2019
Did you do your PhD within the JSMC or ILRS? If so, we'd like to invite you to the second Alumni Meeting on Friday, June 28, 2019.

Preliminary Program

We kindly request that you register here by June 17, 2019: https://ww3.unipark.de/uc/AlumniMeeting2019/

Please share this information with other JSMC/ILRS Alumni.

Tuesday, July 4, 2019 6 pm
Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal), Jena
MiCoCo: Ecological interactions in polymicrobial infections
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Tobias Bollenbach, Centre for Data and Simulation Science, Institute for Biological Physics, University of Cologne

MiCoCo Program for the Summer Semester 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6 pm
Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal), Jena
MiCoCo Stars: tbd
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Kalina Peneva, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry, Jena Centre of Soft Matter, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena

Thursday, September 19, 2019 1 pm
Aula, Main building, Friedrich Schiller University, Fürstengraben 1, Jena
JSMC Poster Symposium

We invite you all to attend the JSMC Poster Symposium on September 19th from 13:00 to 17:00 in the Aula of the FSU at Fuerstengraben 1. We encourage everybody to submit a poster and participate in our 1-minute pitching competition. In brief, everybody gets a one minute powerpoint presentation slot during which you should convince the audience to come visit your poster. There will be a prize for the best pitch.

We are also excited to announce that Kai Kupferschmidt will join us as a keynote speaker with a talk about science in the media. Mr. Kupferschmidt is a leading science journalist who regularly writes for a large number of German newspapers and magazines, and he is also a correspondent of Science magazine. There will also be opportunity to chat with him after his talk in an informal setting with catering.

Please register by emailing to office@jsmc.info