The intestinal tract of humans and animals is colonized by thousands of different microorganisms that together comprise our intestinal microbiome, closely interact with each other and their mammalian host, and are intimately linked to nutrition and health.
This postgraduate course is the fourth joint activity of the University of Helsinki and Wageningen University & Research. Previous editions were entitled ‘Light in the intestinal tract tunnel’ (2009), ‘Functional metagenomics of the intestinal tract and food-related microbes’ (2011) and ’The Intestinal Microbiome and Diet in Human and Animal Health’ (2014, 2017).
The course is aimed at postgraduates (MSc, PhD) with a background in animal, veterinary, (micro)biological, health, or food sciences and open for participants from both industry and universities/research centers.
This course aims to provide a detailed scientific background on the mechanisms that underlie the role of the microbiome in human and animal nutrition and health. The program combines knowledge on microbial composition and function with dietary factors and health aspects in humans, laboratory and farm animals.
The course consists of a number of thematic blocks that are each introduced by two lectures providing the latest scientific knowledge on the different subjects, followed by ample time for discussion and interaction of participants with each other and lecturers. Participants will be asked to provide short (2-5 min) pitches to introduce their own projects.
Participants are challenged to actively contribute to discussions in interactive sessions following lectures.
- Patterns of microbial colonization, focus on early life and lifelong consequences
- Ecological concepts - resilience, individuality
- Microbiomes in health and disease
- From probriotics to FMT and back - perspectives for synthetic communities
- Closing the gap between in vitro & in vivo models; organoids, organs on a chip
- One health - production animals & wildlife
- Prof. Hauke Smidt, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Clara Belzer, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Erwin Zoetendal, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands
- Dr Reetta Satokari, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland
- Dr Leo Lahti, University of Turku, FI
- Dr Anne Salonen, University of Helsinki, FI
- other factulty to be confirmed
Date & duration
The course will be held from 14-16 October 2019, 3 days.
The study load of this course is 0.8 ECTS credits.
The course language will be English.
Information concerning the course contents can be obtained from prof. Hauke Smidt, phone: +31 317 483102.
For organisational matters please contact:
Mrs. Yvonne Smolders
The Graduate School VLAG
P.O. Box 17
6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 317 485108
Registration & course fee
To register go to the course registration form.
The final registration date is 14 September 2019.
Applicants will be informed of acceptance of their registration before 14 September 2019. They will receive instructions for payment and further course details. Cancellations may be made free of charge until 14 September. After this date the charge will be 25% of the course fee already paid or due. Substitutions for participants may be made at any time until the start of the course.
Course fee includes includes downloadable materials, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches and the course dinner but does not cover accommodation. The course fee depends on the participant's affiliation:
|VLAG/WU PhD candidates
|| € 225
|| € 450
|University Staff / Non-Profit organisations
|| € 625
|Industry / For-Profit
|| € 1200