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Event info

Event date: 

12/06/2022 - 10:00 to 15/06/2022 - 14:45

Registration deadline: 

15/05/2022 - 23:00

At Frontiers in Microbiome Research, we are aiming at training promising PhD candidates via a highly integrative, interdisciplinary approach. Approximately 50 young researchers will convene to discuss and network with fellow students as well as high-ranking, established senior scientists in different fields of microbiome research in relation to metabolic and inflammatory diseases. Lectures as well as workshops, poster sessions and networking activities make up the programme of the course. 

Frontiers in Microbiome Research is jointly organised by Kiel University (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, CAU) with the Cluster of Excellence “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation” (PMI) and the Research Unit miTarget, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH), and the Danish Diabetes Academy (DDA).


Dates: 12-15 June 2022
Place: Sinatur Hotel Gl. Avernæs, Helnæsvej 9, 5631 Ebberup, Denmark


Frontiers in Microbiome Research addresses PhD students across scientific domains involved in research on the microbiome or in a related field of relevance to the area. MDs and Postdocs can also apply for a seat at the course. 

Due to the limited number of seats, you are not guaranteed a seat until you receive an e-mail with final confirmation. You will initially be placed on a waiting list. To apply for a seat, you have to submit an abstract, motivational letter, and CV (see below for furhter information).


The purpose of Frontiers in Microbiome Research is to gather experienced and young researchers in the different fields of microbiome research in relation to metabolic and inflammatory diseases in order to initiate and establish networks and collaboration across borders.

At Frontiers in Microbiome Research, lectures will be given by international experts, approaching the fields of microbiome research from different angles. Frontiers on Microbiome Research will have the format and spirit of a conference and all participants will have a great opportunity to actively participate in discussions with the speakers and fellow course participants. In addition, four workshops will be run in parallel, giving the participants the opportunity to work interactively in smaller groups and get hands-on experience.

During the 3½-day scientific programme, all PhD students will be giving 1-minute flash talks on their current research project, followed by in-depth discussions during poster sessions.

After completing Frontiers in Microbiome Research the attendants will have:

  • Increased the ability to network and interact in an interdisciplinary scientific community,
  • Attained visibility in an international scientific context and established international contacts,
  • Have been trained in, and asked to reflect essential aspects and facets of microbiome research including:
    • The basic skills, approaches and challenges in microbiome research.
    • The role of the microbiome in metabolic and inflammatory diseases.
    • The importance of recognizing and taking into account the role of diet, medication and interaction with host genetics.
    • Considering the potential diagnostic and therapeutic applications. 


See the programme

Overview of the topics to be covered by the presentations & workshops:

- The Microbiota, Its Evolution and Statistical Approaches
- Further Insights into the Microbiota
- Host-microbiota Interaction in Immune Response
- Workshop on Basic Microbiome Analysis in R (basic)
- Workshop on Shotgun and Whole Genome Analysis (advanced)
- Workshop on Designing Human Microbiome Studies
- Workshop on Culturomics

Keynote speakers:
- Eran Elinav, Professor, Weizmann Institute of Science (IL) 
- Iddo Weiner, Senior Director, PhD, BiomX Inc. (IL)
Paul Wilmes, Professor, Luxembourg University (LU)
- Sean Gibbons, Ass. Professor, Institute of Systems Biology, Seattle (US)

- Astrid Dempfle, Professor, Kiel University (DE)
- Harris Héritier, Data Scientist, Project Manager, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (CH)
Henrik Bjørn Nielsen, Chief Scientific Officer, PhD, Clinical Microbiomics (DK)
- John Baines, Professor, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (DE)
Mani Arumugam, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)
Mathieu Groussin, Professor, Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology, Kiel University (DE)
Melanie Schirmer, Dr., Emmy Noether Junior Group Leader, Technical University of Munich (DE)
Philip Rosenstiel, Professor, Kiel University (DE)
Susanne Brix Pedersen, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DK)
- Tine Rask Licht, Professor, Technical University of Denmark (DK)

Workshop instructors:
Alba Troci, MSc., Kiel University (DE)
Casper Sahl Poulsen, Postdoctoral fellow, Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood (COPSAC), Gentofte Hospital (DK)
Corinna Bang, Dr., Kiel University (DE)
- Eike Wacker, MSc., Kiel University (DE)
- Felix Sommer, Dr., Kiel University (DE)
- Karsten Kristiansen, Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)
- Lena Best, Postdoctoral fellow, Kiel University (DE)
- Malte Rühlemann, Dr., Kiel University (DE)
- Mathilde Poyet, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
Philipp Rausch, Dr., Kiel University (DE)
- Simon Graspeuntner, Dr., University of Lübeck (DE)
- Torben Hansen, Professor, University of Copenhagen (DK)


Organisers of the scientific programme: 
- Professor Andre Franke, Kiel University (DE)
- Professor Torben Hansen, University of Copenhagen (DK)
- Professor Karsten Kristiansen, University of Copenhagen (DK)

The course is supported by:
- The Cluster of Excellence “Precision Medicine in Chronic Inflammation” (DE)
- Research Unit 5042 miTarget (DE)
- Kiel University (DE)
- Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences (DK)
- University of Copenhagen (DK)
- Danish Diabetes Academy (DK) 


Registration deadline:
15 May 2022

Deadline for registration and submission of abstract, motivational letter and CV:
15 May 2022

Please note that submission of a short abstract, motivational letter and a CV is required of all participants.

All young researchers will present their abstract in a poster presentation or orally. If you are asked to do an oral presentation, you will be contacted after the registration deadline.

Please read about the format of the three documents below, when preparing for signing up.

Seats for Danish PhD students are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Seats for German PhD students are allocated based on the motivational letter, CV and abstract.
All applicants will be informed whether they have been allocated a seat, after the registration deadline.

Format of abstract, motivational letter, CV and poster

PLEASE NOTE: All documents must be uploaded as a word document or PDF-file and must not contain your D.O.B. and personal e-mail, according to the GDPR.

The abstract should be max 1500 characters incl. spaces and written in Arial 10. Please download the template here. Please include the following components when applicable:

Title of abstract
Presenting author name(s) 
Affiliation: Name of workplace incl. city and country

Background and aim:
Text in Arial 10
Material and methods:
Text in Arial 10
Results (if you have results)
Text in Arial 10
Conclusion (and perspectives)
Text in Arial 10

Please submit your abstract in word-format when you register by adding a "document". If you experience any issues uploading your file, please send it to, clearly stating your name and the name of the event in the e-mail.

Motivational letter 
Please write a short motivational letter (max 1 A4 page) including the following areas:
- What is your field within microbiome research?
- What aspects in microbiome research are of outstanding importance for you and why?
- What are your expectations to the Autumn School? 

Please attach a CV/resume of max 2 A4 pages 

Please use the guidelines from your institution. If in doubt, please use the below listed guidelines:

Size of poster: A0 or A1 - width max. 1 m/height max. 1.25 m

When your abstract has been accepted, your poster will be assigned a number in the abstract book. You will find the corresponding number at the poster stands on which your poster should be placed.

Pins will be available at the poster stand.

For inspiration, please visit 


Accommodation and meals
The scientific programme lasts from 12 to 15 June 2022. Arrival to the venue is on 12 June 2022. All meals and the three nights accommodation are included in the course and thus free of charge.

Participants will upon request receive a certificate for their participation at Frontier in Microbiome Research. The course awards ECTS: 2.7. 

Covid-19 Code of conduct
To ensure safe events, the DDA’s activities are organized in compliance with our Interim COVID-19 Code of conduct.