Bacteria and viruses are parasites

How many bacteria live on our body? How does an antibiotic work and how do bacteria defend themselves against it? In any case, are viruses an undesirable part of us? Why can't viruses multiply without cells? These and many other questions will be answered in the public lecture series «Microbes Among Us».

The series of lectures is organized by the University of Basel, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the University Hospital Basel. Researchers and doctors from these institutions want to take the audience into the fascinating world of microbes. You will show what motivates you to penetrate the unknown and how you can improve the diagnosis and treatment of infections with innovative research. The lectures should show the challenges for medicine in a simple way.

On six themed evenings spread over six weeks, exciting questions will be explored in two lectures every Tuesday from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. It starts on January 8th and ends on February 12th. After the presentations, there will be enough time for discussion with the speakers. All events take place in lecture hall 102 in the college building of the University of Basel at Petersplatz 1. The detailed program can be found at:

Tuesday, 8.1.2019: Introduction to the fascinating world of microbes

- How old are bacteria and why is it important?

- Viruses - without a cell, no chance

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019: Antibiotics and how bacteria fight back against them

- Antibiotics and their mechanisms of action - new approaches

- The 1 x 1 of antibiotic resistance

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019: One Health: Linking people, animals and the environment

- Dog vaccination campaigns in Chad to combat rabies in humans

- Transmission of multi-resistant germs

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019: Unwanted souvenir from the tropics

- The wolf in sheep's clothing - when bacteria behave like parasites and viruses

- In at the top, out at the bottom

Tuesday, February 5, 2019: The microbiome: bacteria and viruses as part of us

- Man and his microbiome

- Profile: The virome

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019: When bacteria camouflage themselves

- Catch me if you can: How bacteria trick the immune system

- Dropouts and anarchists: individualism in bacteria