Made by Microbes

In our podcast miniseries “Made by Microbes” we explore new ways of microbial production. Engaging microbes in production processes has been practiced for thousands of years to make beer, wine, cheese, yogurt or bread. The range of microbial products is widening with advances in life sciences that enable microbes to produce substances that are naturally produced by animals or plants. New ways of microbial production hold the potential to revolutionize the pharmaceutical and agro-food sector, and to achieve circularity, where the output of one process works as the input for another. Microorganisms are involved in virtually all stages of natural cycles. Learning from microbial life strategies has fueled the advances in life sciences.

The boundaries between science, engineering and computational technologies are increasingly blurring. Automation and modeling, as well as the development of standards and platforms are indispensable for research advances.
We invite people whose daily work is deeply rooted in microbial research to share their insights and discuss the expected impact of biotechnology on our everyday life.

E00: Trailer

E01: Engaging Microbes

Juan Nogales, head of the Systems Biotechnology Group at CSIC in Spain and Waltraut Hoheneder, design researcher from Liquifer in Austria engage in a discussion on the breathtaking advances in microbial research.

E02: Beer, Apples and Microbes

Tobias Goris, a microbiologist from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, and the biochemist Jarosław Popłoński from the Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences in Poland, discuss their research on food and nutrition.

E03: Automation and Modeling in Microbial Science

PhD Students Yannik Brack from Greifswald University in Germany, and Cheewin Kittikunapong from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden talk about the role of robots and computer modeling in their everyday work.

E04: Invitro and in vivo

Iryna Biliaeva, responsible for Open Innovation Management at ADM Biopolis, Spain and Felipe Lombó, coordinating the BIONUC group at the University of Oviedo, Spain, talk about research cooperation between academia and industry with a focus on health.

E05: Towards a new partnership with nature

Ricard Solé, Rachel Armstrong, Víctor de Lorenzo and Michele Catanzaro discuss the potential of synthetic biology to provide solutions to major environmental challenges.

E06: On future food cultures

A conversation between Ana Merino, Francesco Visioli, Maya Bendifallah, moderated by Michele Catanzaro, on their visions and engagement for the next generation of food driven by biotechnological innovations.

E07: Platforms, standards, and tools in life sciences

René de Vaumas, owner of Extrasynthese, and Davide de Lucrezia, owner of Explora Biotech talk about the importance to develop platforms, standards, and tools for emerging life sciences such as synthetic biology.


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