5 July 2023

World Microbiome Day 2023 at the Alimentarium

The NCCR Microbiomes celebrated World Microbiome Day on 27 June with a great collection of presentations meant for the lay public (in French)!

Organised in collaboration with Bernard Berger from Nestlé Research and Nicolas Godinot from the Alimentarium museum in Vevey, the event brought together more than 30 participants in the new presentation space of the museum. This year’s World Microbiome Day’s topic was ‘Microbes and Food’, and our programme was eclectic:

Harald Bruessow (KU Leuven) told us about how microbial ‘cultures’ (starters for wine, beers, etc.) are tightly linked with the human ‘culture’ (with rituals dating back from millenia!). Jordan Vacheron (UNIL and NCCR Microbiomes) explained the hidden power of the soil and plant microbiomes, and their importance for soil health and agriculture. Finally, Pascale Vonaesch (UNIL and NCCR Microbiomes) discussed the human gut microbiome, how it sometimes can be destabilised and what consequences such imbalances can have on our health.

The event was live streamed and can be watched on the YouTube channel of the Alimentarium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFh6RcrXYi0

In addition, a selection of wonderful microbiome images will be displayed in the museum during the whole summer (until 10 September), accessible to all museum visitors.