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

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