We intend to bring topics and working methods from the Microverse closer to different target groups, from the general public to schoolchildren. Members of our Microverse Cluster present their research at non-scientific events organized by the University of Jena as well as our further institutes and partners. In addition, we organise our own formats.

Please find below a selection of our outreach activities:

  • Videos
  • Dairy Cultures: Exhibition about the Science of Mongolian Heritage
  • Science meets Society: Book Club
  • Podcast
  • Recipes: Microbial Kitchen
  • More: Long Night of Science


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Dairy Cultures: Exhibition about the Science of Mongolian Heritage

What is the amazing story of Mongolia's dairy heritage about? Christina Warinner, one of our PIs, and her team, curated the exhibition "Dairy Cultures: Revealing Mongolia's Rich Heritage through Scientific Inquiry" in the Natural History Museum Mongolia having started on Friday, 22 September.

The central focus of this exhibit is their in-depth exploration of Mongolia's longstanding dairying tradition and its distinctive microbial legacy. This interdisciplinary initiative blends the fields of archaeology, anthropology, microbiology, nutrition science, and medicine.

Please find more information here: https://christinawarinner.com/outreach/dairy-cultures-virtual-exhibit-2/

Science Meets Society: Book Club

Our Book Club brings together curious minds to explore the fascinating connection between science and society. In our rapidly evolving world, it is more important than ever to understand scientific knowledge and reflect on its impact on our society.

With the "Science Meets Society: Book Club" we offer a regular space to engage with each other and discuss issues of ethics, justice, sustainability, diversity, as well as inclusion in science, and the role our work plays in society. Anyone in Jena with an interest in the interaction of science and society is welcome to join.

Keep an eye out for updates: we'll be announcing the details of the next book club soon.


Microbial balance is crucial for a healthy life - whether in humans, animals or plants. Even waters and soils, and thus entire ecosystems, depend on it. If this dynamic balance of bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms falters, the consequences can be severe.

Research into the Microverse is all about the communication and interaction of these tiny organisms with each other and with their environment. This is because they have often been living together for millions of years and are rarely found in isolation.

Prof. Brakhage, our former spokesperson, explains that the next antibiotic agent may be waiting to be discovered in our front yard. And from this, in the best case, a drug can be developed that specifically attacks undesirable microorganisms and does not affect the beneficial ones: Mikrobiome - Mikroorganismen im (Un-)Gleichgewicht

Recipes: Microbial Kitchen

Microorganisms like bacteria and fungi have a big influence on our lives. Often they appear to us as threats to our health but that is only a very narrow view on the functions and abilities of microorganisms. In fact, life would not be possible without them: a balanced microbiome keeps humans, animals, plants and ecosystems healthy. Moreover they are significant for our nutrition – humans have been using microorganisms such as yeast or lactic acid bacteria to produce food for thousands of years.

Members and friends of the Microverse Cluster and the Jena School for Microbial Communication have revealed their favourite delicious recipes which involve the activity of microorganisms. You will also find information on typical microorganisms used for food production.

Discover the Microverse and enjoy the microbial kitchen!

Long Night of Science

We also participate in established events such as the Long Night of Science with contributions from our scientists.

In this context, all interested young and old night owls are welcome to look over the shoulders of our Microverse scientists and ask their questions about research.

The next LNDW Jena is expected to take place in 2024.