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10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humans

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Microbes are essential for the health of all ecosystems, plants, animals, and humans, but until recently most of these tiny organisms could neither be identified nor characterized. The biodiversity of microbes by far exceeds those of all other organisms on Earth and there are as many microbial than human cells in a human body. For the first time in history, molecular tools enable researchers to investigate the structure and function of entire microbial communities in their habitats (the microbiome). These game-changing technological developments revealed the crucial role microbiomes plays for human health and disease, for the protection of our environment and for economy.
This seminar will provide an easy-to-understand introduction into microbiomes. We will observe microbes microscopically and will provide an overview on the human microbiome and its relations to diet, life style, and many different kinds of disease ranging from inflammatory bowel diseases, to cancer, and psychological disorders. We will also address the emerging antibiotic resistance of pathogenic microbes – considered as one of the most dangerous health threats for humans – and will discuss how each person can contribute to fight this problem. Finally, highly debated technologies, which do transform science currently, as genetic modification using CRISPR-Cas or synthetic biology, will be introduced and jointly discussed.

Speakers

Professor, In Silico Genomics, University of Vienna; Head, Division of Computational Systems Biology, University of Vienna Chair
Professor and Head of Department Microbiology and Ecosystem Science and Head of Division of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna Chair

Dr. Thomas RATTEI

Professor, In Silico Genomics, University of Vienna; Head, Division of Computational Systems Biology, University of Vienna

1995-1999 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Technical University Dresden
1995 Diploma in Chemistry, Technical University, Dresden
1990-1995 Undergraduate studies, major topics: inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, Technical University Dresden
1991-2001 Chief Executive Officer, Rattei IT consulting, Dresden
since 2001 Permanent Guest Scientist, Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Helmholtz-Center Munich
2001-2005 Staff Scientist, Technical University Munich, Genome Oriented Bioinformatics, Munich
2010 Habilitation in Bioinformatics, Faculty Science Center Weihenstephan, Technical University Munich
2005-2010 Group Leader and Assistant Professor, Technical University Munich, Genome Oriented Bioinformatics, Munich
2013 Keynote speaker, Meeting of the Slovenian Biochemical Society, Ljubljana
2014 Keynote speaker, Symposium Advances in Genome Science, Giessen
2015 Keynote speaker, Escherich Symposium, Graz
2015 Keynote speaker, International RTG Symposium, Kiel
since 2013 Doctoral Supervisor
since 2014 Project funding
2017 Keynote speaker, American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans
since 2010 Professor, In Silico Genomics, University of Vienna; Vice Head, Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna

Dr. Michael WAGNER

Professor and Head of Department Microbiology and Ecosystem Science and Head of Division of Microbial Ecology, University of Vienna

1986-1992 Master, Biology, Technical University Munich
1995 PhD Natural Science, Technical University Munich
1995-1996 Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University, Evanston
1996-2001 Assistant Professor, Technical University Munich
2001-2003 Associate Professor, Technical University Munich
since 2003 Full Professor and Head of Department, Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna
since 2010 Head, Large Instrument Facility of Advanced Isotope Research, University of Vienna
since 2013 Guest professor at the Aalborg University, Denmark
since 2015 Head, Research Network "Chemistry meets Microbiology", University of Vienna
2016 Visiting Faculty Fellow, Center for Microbial Interactions (CEMI) - Caltech
since 1992 More than 210 invited talks at conferences and research centres including many plenary talks

Seminar Week

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15.08.2018

17:00 - 18:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2018Plenary
18:15 - 18:30The Last Days of Mankind - OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 21:00Presentation of the seminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:30Bread and WineSocial

16.08.-21.08.2018

Seminar 01: The EU and its eastern and southern neighbours: resilience as a strategic prioritySeminar
Seminar 02: Digital transformation: Opportunities, risks, sustainability and resilienceSeminar
Seminar 03: Gender dynamics in changing societiesSeminar
Seminar 04: Physics meets economics - climate science and policySeminar
Seminar 05: Resilience and development policySeminar
Seminar 06: Precision medicine and its impact on societySeminar
Seminar 07: Minority politics in a comparative perspectiveSeminar
Seminar 08: Artificial intelligence and EthicsSeminar
Seminar 09: Economic shocksSeminar
Seminar 10: The unknown world of microbiomes: from the environment to humansSeminar
Seminar 11: European Security - Moving towards resilience?Seminar
Seminar 12: Urban resilience to environmental challengesSeminar
Seminar 13: Mission to Mars - Education for changeSeminar
Seminar 14: Linguistic diversity: A resource for individual and communal resilienceSeminar
Seminar 15: Ethics in Action: Economics and Sustainable DevelopmentSeminar
Seminar 16: Microbiome diversity vs. microbiological controlSeminar
Seminar 17: Our work in our futureSeminar
Seminar 18: Reproductive RightsSeminar
Seminar 19: Warrior of the Heart - DojoSeminar
Seminar 20: Spoken word poetry: The power of languageSeminar
Seminar 21: Why is it called a play?Seminar
Seminar 22: European Citizenship - Attitudes and Skills for a Democratic Youth CultureSeminar

16.08.2018

19:00 - 20:00Online Disinformation: A guest lecture on journalismPlenary

21.08.2018

18:00 - 21:00FAN ReceptionSocial
19:00 - 21:00ReceptionSocial