About JSMC

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena is not only an Excellence Graduate School, but also a lively network of scientists from a broad variety of natural & life sciences institutes and an umbrella organization for three Research Training Groups in Jena. The JSMC was first awarded funding within the German Excellence Initiative in 2007. In June 2012 the Excellence Status of the JSMC was confirmed and funding for an additional six years was granted to the Graduate School. Since 2019 the JSMC is funded by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

Today, JSMC hosts a total of about 130 doctoral researchers. Their research projects are situated at the numerous institutes that make up the JSMC network, including institutes and clinics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena as well as non-university research institutions.

Microbial Communication Colloquium - MiCoCo

The “Microbial Communication Colloquium” is organized by the JSMC Doctoral Researchers together with the members of the JSMC Faculty. The aim of this colloquium series is to present state-of-the-art research on “Microbial Communication” in all its multi-disciplinary facets.

This semester MiCoCo will still take place online once per month.

The programme for MiCoCo can be found here.

Jena School for Microbial Communication awards talented master students with Carl Zeiss Foundation PhD Fellowships

The Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC) for the first time awarded doctoral fellowships for exceptionally talented master students of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (FSU). Candidates had to be top of their class and nominated by a faculty member to jointly submit a research proposal that aligns with the mission of the research cluster of excellence “Balance of the Microverse”.

The cluster seeks to understand the dynamic balance of microbial communities in all kinds of different habitats to develop technologies that create beneficial impact on medicine, agriculture and environmental sustainability.

Reviewed by a panel of national and international experts, Kerstin Unger and Jonathan Hammer were both awarded with a scholarship of three and a half years that includes budgets for laboratory expenses, conference visits and professional trainings at a total amount of 250.000 euros each.

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Diversity matters!

When we think about microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi we often associate them with illness. But those tiny organisms are essential to our survival. Why are are they important for us? And why do we need microbial diversity?
Scientists from Jena and Erfurt let us glimpse into their research and show us new perspectives on amoeba, bacteria and fungi.