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 94954-0

Katja Präfcke
Katja Präfcke
Administrative Manager


+49 3641 94954-1

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

News & Events

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 6 pm
Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal), Jena
MiCoCo: Phosphoinositide regulation of endocytosis and nutrient signaling
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Volker Haucke, Leibniz-Institute for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin

MiCoCo Program for the Winter Semester 2019/2020

Thursday, November 14, 2019 4 pm
Aula, Main building, Friedrich Schiller University, Fürstengraben 1, Jena

Mental Health in Academia

In recent years, it has been increasingly recognized that the academic working environment, and the doctoral phase in particular, is associated with a unique set of circumstances that may lead to work-related stressors and mental health burdens.

The Jena School of Microbial Communication and the Graduate Academy invite you join presentations and discussions on mental health in academia on November 14th at 16.00h in the Aula of the University main building (Fürstengraben 1). Prof. Barbara Dooley from University College Dublin will give a lecture on the mental health of doctoral researchers. This will be accompanied by personal testimonials from senior scientists who faced up to their own mental health and will be followed by a panel discussion at which audience participation is welcomed.

In the evening, faculty members will share formative failures that impacted on their careers and how they overcame them. "Failure sucks, but it instructs" will take place in Café Bar "Zu Hause" (Weigelstrasse 7) from 21:00 in a relaxed, social atmosphere.

November 18 - 19, 2019
Rosensäle, Friedrich Schiller University, Fürstengraben 27, Jena
Annual Meeting of the CRC/Transregio 124

There will be two parts of the meeting: An internal FungiNet meeting, and after that talks by external Guest speakers as well as summaries of the FungiNet project areas. We are very much pleased to announce the following speakers:  

  • Lars Kaderali, Greifswald
  • Sven Krappmann, Erlangen
  • Johannes Wagener, Würzburg
  • Alexander Scheffold, Kiel
  • Fabio Gsaller, Innsbruck
  • Kai Papenfort, Jena
  • Christina Zielinski, München

Further information

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 6 pm
Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal), Jena
MiCoCo: Analysis of Natural Product Biosyntheses in the Post-Genomic Era – Linking Genes and Metabolites
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Till Schäberle, Natural Products with focus on Insect Biotechnology, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen

MiCoCo Program for the Winter Semester 2019/2020

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 6 pm
Lecture Hall Erbertstraße (Großer Hörsaal), Jena
MiCoCo: tbd
Lecturer: Prof. Anne-Kristin Kaster, Microbial Single Cell Genome Sequencing, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe

MiCoCo Program for the Winter Semester 2019/2020

March 16 - 19, 2020
Aula, Friedrich Schiller University, Main Building, Fürstengraben 1, Jena
8th International Conference on Microbial Communication for Young Scientists - MiCom2020

Keynote Speakers:

  • Norio Takeshita, University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Matthias Erb, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Karoline Faust, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Alan Walker, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Martin Grininger, University of Frankfurt, Germany
  • Anna Rosa Sprocati, Enea Rome, Italy
  • Taicia Pacheco Fill, University of Campinas, Brazil
  • Luigina Roman, University Perugia, Italy
  • Sean F. Brady, Rockefeller University, USA
  • Nathalie Reuter, University of Bergen, Norway

Conference Website

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