The secret universe of our microbes

how they are essential to the life of humans, other animals, and plants

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Auditorium 2 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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We share our whole lives with a community of millions of bacteria in our bodies. Most of these bacteria are not harmful and many are even beneficial. Recent advances in research show that the composition of this community can greatly influence our physiology and health, by affecting aspects ranging from metabolism to immunity.

The Conference, organized by the Institute Gulbenkian Ciência, aims to promote the knowledge generated in different research groups dedicated to study the profound impact of bacteria in our lives, but also in the lives of other animals and plants.


17:30   Network and coffee


18:00   Opening session

Karina Xavier and Luís Teixeira, Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência Researchers


18:10  Plants’ Little Helpers: How Plants Benefit From Their Microbiome.

Paul Schulze-Lefert, Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany


18:30  Microbes as Friends: Insights from Simple Animals

Thomas Bosch, Kiel University and Origin and Function of Metaorganisms CRC, Kiel, Germany


18:50  Gut Microbes in an Age of Disruptive Change

Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello,  Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

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