MicrobiomeSupport integrates many experts representing different stakeholder groups (i.e. scientific community, industry, funding organisations and policy sector), which are grouped in three Advisory Groups (AGs) and the Expert Pool (EP). The members of these AGs and the EP are not full project partners but will be asked for input and invited to events, workshops and discussions as required.

The ‘Coordinators’ Platform’ includes representatives from previous and ongoing, relevant microbiome and bioeconomy projects.

*Both member of Coordinators’ Platform and project partner

ANESIO Alexandre University of Bristol UK Microorganisms in Warming Arctic Environments
BOSCIA Donata Italian National Research Council IT Pest Organisms Threatening Europe
COCOLIN Luca* Universita di Torino IT Study of the Listeria monocytogenes gene expression profile in ready-to-eat foods of animal origin by the application of the omics and the bioinformatics/biostatistics disciplines
COLLINGE David University of Copenhagen, KU-LIFE DK Boosting plant-endophyte stability, compatibility and performance across scales
DE WITTE Peter KU Leuven BE Increasing Value and Flow in the Marine Biodiscovery Pipeline
DECLERCK Stéphane UCLouvain BE Valorizing Andean microbial diversity through sustainable intensification of potato-based farming systems
DORRESTEIN Pieter UC San Diego US Exploring the Impact of Pesticide on the 3D Metabolome and the Microbiota from the Whole Plant to the Cell Scale
HINSINGER Philippe French National Institute for Agricultural Research FR Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use
HOFKENS Johan KU Leuven BE Super-resolution genomic mapping for the microbiome
JURKEVITCH Edouard The Hebrew University of Jerusalem IL The Development and Validation of Microbial Soil Community Analyses for Forensics Purposes
KINKEL Linda University of Minnesota US Agricultural Microbiomes Research Coordination Network
KOPRIVA Stanislav University of Cologne DE Characterising plant interactions with bacteria that promote the uptake of nitrogen and sulphur from organic sources
LEICHERT Lars Ruhr-Universität Bochum DE Functional Metagenomics – Harnessing the Biotechnological Potential of Completely Novel Protein Families
LEULIER Francois Institut de Genomique Fonctionelle de Lyon FR Host-intestinal bacteria mutualism: “Learning on the fly”
LLEWELLYN Martin University of Glasgow UK Metacommunity dynamics of the fish surface microbiome in health and disease: pathogens and probiotics
LUDGATE Marian Cardiff University UK Investigation of Novel biomarkers and Definition of the role of the microbiome In Graves’ Orbitopathy
McNEIL Brian University of Strathclyde UK From sea-bed to test-bed: harvesting the potential of marine microbes for industrial biotechnology
MORGAVI Diego INRA FR Digestive and nutritional indicators of feed efficiency in cattle fed forage-based diets
MOSER Andreas* rtd Services AT Safe Food for Europe – Coordination of research activities and Dissemination of research results of EC funded research on food safety
NEUMANN Günter Universität Hohenheim DE Resource Preservation by Application of Bioeffectors in European Crop Production
NOTHIAS Louis-Felix UC San Diego US Exploring the Impact of Pesticide on the 3D Metabolome and the Microbiota from the Whole Plant to the Cell Scale
O’CONNELL Niamh Queen’s University Belfast UK A whole-systems approach to optimising feed efficiency and reducing the ecological footprint of monogastrics
OHNMACHT Caspar ZAUM DE Mucosal Tolerance and Allergic Predisposition: Does it all start in the gut?
ROMANI Luigiana Università Degli Studi di Perugia IT Metabolomics of fungal diseases: a systems biology approach for biomarkers discovery and therapy
ROSENSTIEL Philip Kiel University DE A Systems medicine approach to chronic inflammatory disease
SALVI Mario Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico IT Exploiting research and application potential of the human microbiome for prediction, prevention and treatment of disease
SANZ Yolanda* IATA ES My New Gut
SESSITSCH Angela* Austrian Institute of Technology AT Microbial enhancement of bioactive secondary metabolite production in plants
SHANAHAN Fergus University College Cork IE APC Postdoctoral EXcellence Programme
SØRENSEN Søren University of Copenhagen DK Trainbiodiverse – Soil microbiology and ecosystem services
TSAKALIDOU Effie* Agricultural University of Athens GR Table olive fermentation with selected strains of probiotic lactic acid bacteria. Towards a new functional food
VAN ELSAS Jan Dirk University of Groningen NL Metagenomics for bioexploration – Tools and application
VAN ERK Marjan TNO NL ‘Phenotypic Flexibility as a biomarker of health’
VORHOLT Julia ETH Zurich CH Structure function relationships of the phyllosphere microbiota
WAGNER Martin* University of Vienna AT Protection of consumers by microbial risk mitigation through combating segregation of expertise, Tracking bugs in the food chain
WILLEMS Rob UMC Utrecht NL Evolution and Transmission of Antibiotic Resistance

The ‘Funding and Policy Advisory Group’ includes representatives from funding institutions, ministries, government representatives and bioeconomy experts.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada CA Benoit GIRARD
ETP Plants for the Future BE Alexandra MALYSKA
Austrian Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism (previously BMLFUW) AT Gottfried LAMERS
Austrian Microbiome Initiative AT Christoph STEININGER
Austrian Research Promotion Agency AT Rita LITAUSZKY
Beijing Genomics Institute CN Zewei SONG
BioHorizon network EU Bożena PODLASKA
BIOS Science Austria AT Martin WEIGL
Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics (CREA) IT Giuditta PEROZZI
Danish Ministry of Education and Research DK Niels GøTKE
Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine IE Liam FINNEGAN
Directorate for International Scientific and Technological Cooperation at the General Secretariat for Research and Technology GR Aliki PAPPA
Estonian Research Council EE Argo SOON
European Plant Science Organization EU Karin METZLAFF
ETP Food for Life EU Gert W MEIJER
Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT) ES Carlos MARTINEZ
IAR – The French Bioeconomy Cluster FR Antoine PEETERS
INRA / representative of  the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research WG Food Systems FR / EU Monique AXELOS
JPI Oceans EU Tom REDD
JPI Oceans EU Jacky WOOD
JPI on Antimicrobial Resistance EU Laura PLANT
Leibniz-Institut DSMZ German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures DE Jörg OVERMANN
Leibniz-Institut DSMZ German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures DE Sixing HUANG
Marine Institute Ireland / AORA CSA  IR Margaret RAE
Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation FR Michel BECKERT
National Centre for Research and Development PL Adrianna PAWLIK
National Research Council IT Annamaria MARZETTI
Regione Piemonte IT Vincenzo ZEZZA
Science Foundation Ireland IE Siobhan ROCHE
UK Microbiology Society UK Julian MARCHESI

The ‘Industry Advisory Group’ comprises representatives from the agro-food industry, biotech companies, technology providers and pharmaceutical companies active in the converging area of food for health.

Company Country Microbiome/Bio-Economy-Related Activities
AgBiome US Plant microbiome applications, plant biotechnology
ApheaBio BE Agricultural biologicals
Bayer Crop Sciences DE / international Crop protection; plant biotechnology
BIOCERES AR Provider of crop productivity solutions, including seeds, seed traits, seed treatments, biologicals, high-value adjuvants and fertilizers
Biofortis Merieux NutriScience FR / Int. Test and consultancy services to food and nutrition industries
Biraghi S.p.A. IT Food / cheese producer
Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) BR Biological solutions
Cargill US / international Major food and feed producer; renewable resources; bioenergy
Chr. Hansen DK Natural solutions for the food, beverage, nutritional, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries; supplier of food cultures, probiotics, enzymes and natural colors
Converte Pty Ltd. UK Biologicals for agriculture
Cultech Ltd. UK Health supplements
Danone FR / international Major food producer
Erber Group AT / international Food and feed safety, focusing on natural feed additives, feed and food analysis, plant protection
ETP Plants for the Future EU European Technology Platform
Eurofins Biomnis FR / int. Diagnostics company
Evogene IL Plant biotechnology; biologicals for agriculture; human microbiomes
IBM Research / Informatics USA Founder of the consortium sequencing the food supply chain
Indigo Ag US Plant microbiome applications
INOQ DE Biologicals for agriculture
INRA Tranfert FR Technology Transfer and project engineering company
International Phytobiomes Alliance US / international An international, nonprofit consortium of academic institutions, private companies, and government agencies
Johnson&Johnson Consumer Products UK Healthy & high quality consumer / beauty products
Koppert B.V. NL Plant microbiome applications
Novozymes DK / international Industrial enzymes, microorganisms, biopharmaceutical ingredients; biological solutions in agriculture
Pharmabiotic Research Institute (PRI) FR / international The PRI is a European non-profit organization focused on Microbiotic Medicinal Products
Unilever NL / UK / international Major food producer

The ‘Expert Pool’ contains members who have agreed to be considered for consultation upon demand.

Name Field of microbiome/bioeconomy-related activities Country
BAHRNDORFF Simon animal microbiomes DE
BALDRIAN Petr terrestrial microbiomes CZ
BUEE Marc plant microbiomes FR
BULGARELLI Davide plant microbiomes UK
CANDELA Marco food microbiomes IT
DE VOS Willem human microbiomes NL / FI
DORE Joel human microbiomes FR
EISEN Jonathan in-door microbiomes, bioinformatics US
GOBBETTI Marco food microbiomes IT
IMPERIAL Juan plant microbiomes ES
Karsten KRISTIANSEN gut microbiomes DK
LICHT Tine Rask gut microbiomes DK
LOY Alexander human, environmental microbiomes AT
MA Juncai strain collections CN
MAUCHLINE Tim plant / terrestrial microbiomes UK
MOUGEL Christophe plant microbiomes FR
PESOLE Graziano aquatic microbiomes IT
RAAIJMAKERS Jos plant / terrestrial microbiomes NL
RAES Jeroen aquatic microbiomes / bioinformatics BE
SCHULZE-LEFERT Paul plant microbiomes DE
SMALLA Kornelia plant / terrestrial microbiomes DE
SMIDT Hauke human microbiomes NL
TUOHY Kieran food microbiomes IT
VAN SINDEREN Douwe food microbiomes BE
ZHAO Liping human microbiomes US


The main role of the AGs and the EP is to support the MicrobiomeSupport network and its activities by contributing with their expertise and disseminating results. In particular, the AGs and the EP will be asked to provide feedback on questions from the General Assembly and thereby support decision making. Furthermore, members of the AGs and the EP will be invited to various relevant activities; for instance, members of the ‘Coordinators’ Platform’ will be invited to mapping activities, members of the ‘Funding and Policy Advisory Group’ will be invited to mapping activities and a workshop defining policy needs, members of the ‘Industry Advisory Group’ will be invited to workshops defining and elaborating industry needs. Active involvement of the AGs and the EP in the project will also facilitate knowledge exchange and enable collaboration across different stakeholder groups.

AGs and EP members also act as MicrobiomeSupport ambassadors relaying the messages of the MicrobiomeSupport network through their networks and thus ensuring broad outreach.