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The microbiome: human medicine and agriculture in a microbial world



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


The Royal Society

This one-day conference held by the Royal Society will bring together experts from both agricultural and human microbiome sectors to discuss the barriers to technology translation and common principles across both sectors. Speakers will discuss the challenges in determining microbiota through to the dynamic forces determining colony structures. The meeting will also explore intentional modulation of microbial populations to develop medical therapeutics and improvements in agricultural productivity, covering technical challenges in determining causation and methods to drive the technology forward.

Attending this event

This open event is free to attend and is intended for those with an interest in the life sciences sector, from a variety of backgrounds including academia, industry, government, as well as regulatory, charitable and other scientific bodies.

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About the conference series

This meeting forms part of the Royal Society’s Transforming our Future series. The meetings are unique, high-level events that address scientific and technical challenges of the next decade and bring together leading experts from wider scientific community, industry, government and charities.

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Schedule of talks

05 October


Registration and refreshments


Welcome remarks


Microbiomes: The translational landscape


Coffee and networking


Understanding the diversity of microbiomes

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Dr Mike Romanos, CEO Microbiotica

Analysing the human microbiome

Culture-based microbiome analysis in personalised medicine and birth cohort studies




Modulating microbiomes for health and agriculture

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Cattle microbiomes and agricultural productivity

Translating microbiome science into live therapeutic products


Coffee and networking


Panel Session: Challenges, needs and opportunities over the next decade

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Dr Mike Romanos, CEO Microbiotica

Panellists (confirmed)

Professor Ian Charles, Director, Quadram Institute

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Closing remarks


Drinks reception

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The microbiome: human medicine and agriculture in a microbial world The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK