The Old Herborn University promotes science and research. In particular, we are dedicated to improve the understanding of host-microbiota interaction for the benefit of human health. In this field of expertise, the Old Herborn University:

  • Identifies gaps in current knowledge;
  • Develops new directions in research;
  • Executes its own projects and actions;
  • Translates new evidence for clinical applications.

In addition, we actively encourage:

  • international scientific collaboration to enhance research and theory in the field of medicine, biomedical and life sciences;
  • the organisation of relevant international scientific symposia;
  • the worldwide exchange of knowledge on host-microbiota interaction;
  • the granting of allowances for projects that fit the OHU objectives;
  • the award of grants, allowances or similar payments for the promotion of (advanced) training of young academics;
  • the cooperation between organizations and institutions that have similar aims as the Old Herborn University Foundation.

What are microbiota?

A vast number of microbes have taken up residence in the human body. These human microbiota include bacteria, fungi and viruses and play an important role in our health.

433 years of history

The Old Herborn University is a non-profit organization with a proven track record and long standing history. Its origins date back to 1584 when John VI founded it as a stronghold of the Reformation.

Latest News

The program of the "32nd Old Herborn University Seminar" is available on line

The 32nd Old Herborn University Seminar will take place on June 14, 2018 in the Old University Building (Hohe Schule) of Herborn-Dill, Germany. The subject is "Ageing and the Microbiome".

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1st Old Herborn University Summer School

The first Old Herborn University Summer School will take place in the Old University Building (Hohe Schule) of Herborn-Dill, Germany from June 11-14, 2018. The subject is "Host-Microbe Interactions in Health and Disease".

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