About World Microbiome Day

On World Microbiome Day we celebrate all things microbe, all around the world and we introduce international microbiome researchers to the public to raise awareness of the vibrant and diverse world of microbes.
Microorganisms (e.g. bacteria, fungi, viruses, archaea, etc) can be found everywhere in and on plants, animals, water, soil, food and humans. Within each of those habitats, microorganisms live together in communities called microbiomes. Microbiomes have an effect on (amongst others) human health; therefore, scientists are exploring how these communities of organisms co-exist with each other, with us and our environment.
The 2020 World Microbiome Day theme is ‘Diversity’-celebrating diversity of microbes, microbiome habitats, diets to feed and fuel microbiomes and the diversity among microbiome researchers.
World Microbiome Day 2020 is asking for your help to raise awareness of the importance of microbial diversity and through our actions to sustain and increase the diversity of microbes in humans, animals, soils and water throughout our world for the future of our planet.

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Most frequent questions and answers
World Microbiome Day was launched by APC Microbiome Ireland just last year! In 2019, APC Microbiome Ireland is supported by the EU-funded project MicrobiomeSupport and the European Food Information Council (EUFIC).
Microbes are very small organisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. A community of microbes is called a microbiome and these can be found in and on humans, animals, and everywhere in the environment.
The 2019 theme is ‘Antibiotic Resistance’. Antibiotics are one of the most precious medicines on the planet. Every year millions of lives are saved worldwide. The paradox is that the medicine is not just the cure, but also at the same time the obstacle to fight the disease in the long-term due to evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria that are infectious to humans. More cautious use of antibiotics can help stop resistant bacteria from developing and help keep antibiotics effective for the use of future generations.

How much time do you have to spare?    

5 minutes? Retweet @WMicrobiomeDay tweets or like our @WorldMicrobiomeDay Instagram posts

10 minutes? Test and expand your knowledge by taking the microbiome quizzes.

An afternoon? Sign up for the competition.

More? Organise an event or participate in one close to you

No, any microbiome enthusiast can participate!
Download and print the new 2019 logo: here. Check out the social media kit: here.

Check out the event page and hook on to an event close to you.

Or, even better, create your own microbiome event – get together in the classroom, lab or research group and think about how you and your team can put microbes into the spotlight.

Submit your event dedicated to the microbiome here.

You can tweet and tag @WMicrobiomeDay in your post, using the hashtag #microbiome and retweet a @WorldMicrobiomeDay post onto your own feed. Use the hashtags: #WorldMicrobiomeDay and #MindOurMicrobes.

No need to worry. Did you organise a microbiome event earlier in the year? Share or reshare the pictures of the event on social media, tagging @WMicrobiomeDay on Twitter or @WorldMicrobiomeDay on Instagram.