Second edition – 2024
A showcase of the Swiss ecosystem of microbiome technologies
The NCCR Microbiomes and The Society for Women in Natural Sciences at ETH (WiNS) are proud to announce the second edition of the Swiss Microbiomes Forum, on Tuesday 30 January 2024 at 15h00 in the Audimax at the ETH Zurich Main Building.
A better understanding and management of microbiomes offers great opportunity to address challenges in explicit priority areas for Swiss policies. The Forum will illustrate these opportunities along three key axes:
Diagnostics – The ability to identify microorganisms and measure characteristics of microbiomes is revolutionizing health practices. These methods are already being applied in hospitals and animal husbandries, and are starting to find their way in agriculture.
Interventions – The ability to change the composition of an imbalanced microbiome to achieve a healthier state holds great promise for future applications in healthcare, agriculture and the environment.
Conservation – We are just beginning to learn about all the fundamental ways in which Earth’s ecosystems depend on microbiomes. We need to preserve microorganisms as natural resources, to ensure quality of life in the future.
During the event, a pitching competition will be hosted to give visibility to projects spinning-off as early-stage start-ups from Swiss universities.
The Forum will bring together at ETH Zurich key actors of the Swiss microbiome landscape for a unique moment of exchange. Varied booths will showcase industry and startups working on devices and products in the microbiome field. By uncovering the most advanced applied technologies and research efforts, the Forum will offer the opportunity of invaluable networking in a fast-accelerating topic.
Registration to the event is free but mandatory.
Alessandro Bergna – Syngenta
Natacha Bodenhausen – FiBL
Camille Delavaux – ETH Zurich
Adrian Egli – University of Zurich
Virginia Franco – Yoni Solutions
Valesca Lindenberg – Gnubiotics
Grégory Resch – CHUV
Alex Sturm – Resistell
|14:00||Check-in and Coffee
|15:00||Welcome by WiNS and NCCR Microbiomes|
|15:15||Session 1: Microbiome Diagnostics|
|16:30||Coffee break and booths exhibition|
|17:15||Session 2: Microbiome Interventions|
|18:00||Session 3: Microbiome Conservation|
|19:00||Closing remarks followed by networking apéro and booths exhibition|
Society for Women in Natural Sciences (WiNS)
WiNS was founded in 2014 to promote gender equality and to provide a networking platform to connect women in science. We want to shape a more inclusive and diverse community in the sciences at ETH by getting everyone involved and raising awareness of current issues in gender equality. Initially a female association within the ETH Zürich Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (D-CHAB), WiNS has expanded to include the Department of Biology (D-BIOL), Physics (D-PHYS), and Materials (D-MATL). Our members take on leadership roles to organize events such as career series, panel discussions, and workshops. These events not only amplify female voices in science, they also raise awareness, promote networking, and offer career-building opportunities. To strengthen our efforts, WiNS is currently working towards building our links with industry.
The National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) Microbiomes, was launched in 2020 to understand the unifying principles of microbiome functioning, to develop tools to diagnose microbiome status, and to devise strategies to intervene and restore imbalanced microbiomes.This research consortium gathers more than 100 scientists across Switzerland, from the University of Lausanne, ETH Zurich, EPFL, CHUV, the University of Bern, and the University of Zurich. NCCR Microbiomes is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation for a period of 12 years.