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Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)


The “Jena School for Microbial Communication (JSMC)” of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena aims at providing a strong research platform for the training of young scientists. Communication between microorganisms affects nearly all aspects of life on earth. Therefore, we feel that basic research on microbial communication will be a major challenge in the future. While research at JSMC is centered on the topic "Microbial Communication", various scientific disciplines (e.g. ecology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, medical sciences, bioinformatics, etc.) are involved and JSMC research projects radiate into applied sciences and biotechnology.
The JSMC 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 five years was granted to the Graduate School.

For information on projects, the application procedure and everything else please visit the JSMC homepage.

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