Night of the Microbes

The ISME17 Local Organizing Committee is hosting a special event to bring microbial ecology to the general public

Night of the Microbes

Special event – call for speaker applications

Night of the Microbes - Great Talks on Tiny Creatures

Wednesday 15 August 2018, 8 p.m.

Microbial Ecology and its recent advances are much too fascinating and too relevant to be concealed from a broader public. The local organizers of ISME17 thus organize an evening of public talks along with the symposium. The ‘Night of the Microbes’ will take place in the popular events location Werk 2, one of Leipzig’s largest student clubs. The former factory normally accommodates concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events (see pictures).

Halle A_bestuhlt_fotocreditWERK2.jpgThe idea is to make ISME17 visible to the city of Leipzig and to convey a selection of our hottest results or concepts in a casual atmosphere along with music, German beer and a nice time together.

We invite applications for popular science talks (12 min) to be given at a ‘Night of the Microbes’.  Six talks to a large audience are expected to bring fascinating Microbial Ecology to the city of Leipzig. The event will be filmed and streamed.

If you want to share your most exciting findings and your enthusiasm for Microbial Ecology with an educated non-expert audience, please make available by mail (as attachment or hyperlink) to

  • a short CV with publication list

together with either

  • a video of the talk you intend to give


  • a sample video of a popular talk you gave at another occasion. In this case, also provide the title and abstract of the talk you intend to give.



The deadline for applications is 15 May 2018. The selection will be made by the organizers based on scientific substance and entertainment value.