Registration is open for the 4th edition of the ML4Microbiome training school. It is planned to take place on 6-8 March 2023 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. For more details, please check here.



Andrea Mihajlovic is a Mathematician and Data Science researcher, currently a PhD student in Informatics at the Faculty of Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia.

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the research work carried out during an ML4Microbiome STSM in Bari, at the Department of Computer Science and under the supervision of Michelangelo Ceci & Gianvito Pio, Andrea won from the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, the Aleksandar “Saša” Popović Award For Best Student Paper 2022.

A short report of Andrea’s STMS work is available here.

Presentations, papers and photos from the workshop held on 25.11.2022 are available here.


The Department of Computing at the University of Turku is opening a full-time position for a doctoral researcher or research assistant in statistical and computational microbial ecology.

The starting date is 1.3.2023 or later, to be set by mutual agreement. The fixed-term contract will be made for 24 months, after which a possible continuation is agreed upon separately.

The position focuses on the development of Bayesian probabilistic models for analysing spatial and temporal microbial ‘omic data from an ecological perspective. The project aims at advancing our understanding of the assembly and functioning of microbial communities through applications of the developed approaches to environmental and human microbiome data.

For more information go to

ML4Microbiome DREAM Challenge


Can you predict heart failure time-to-event by using clinical and microbiome data? If yes, don’t forget to pre-register(*) here:




*Note: While ML4Microbiome WG3 members will participate non-competitively, researchers directly associated with the ML4microbiome COST action are not eligible to participate in this DREAM challenge.


ML4Microbiome is glad to announce the publication of the Editorial that concludes and closes the  Frontiers in Microbiology volume Edited by Isabel Moreno-Indias,  Aldert L. Zomer, David Gómez-Cabrero and Marcus J. Claesson on behalf of ML4Microbiome.

Research Topic “Microbiome and Machine Learning”


Front. Microbiol., 05 July 2022
Sec. Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology


A prestigious INSPIRE Fellowship, which is a Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie co-funded postdoctoral fellowship programme, is available.

The first call will be on the 30th of June and the successful applicant will be based in APC Microbiome Ireland, Cork, one of the world’s leading microbiome institutes.

The successful applicant would carry out a bioinformatics-based project on the role of the microbiome in inflammatory bowel disease under the supervision of Prof. Marcus Claesson.

For details please contact Prof. Marcus Claesson. Contact details at the COST Action website.



Our next training school is now planned at 5-7 October 2022. It will take place in Barcelona, Spain

For more details, please check here:


The research team of associate prof. Leo Lahti is seeking a researcher willing to support the development and benchmarking of data analysis techniques in human microbiome studies to accomplish the objectives of ML4Microbiome WG2.

The collaboration can be carried out by submitting a request for a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) or Virtual Mobility (VM) grant.

Leo Lahti’s team focuses on the development of computational methods for microbial ecology and metagenomics. The timing and content of the STSM or VM activity will be agreed upon together with the candidate.

More information on the research is available at – the interested candidates can contact Leo Lahti | | +358 50 436 4626.”

Each year ML4Microbiome offers a variety of grants for our researchers and innovators from COST member countries.

Visit the ML4Microbiome website to find out more about the following grant opportunities:
Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM)
Conference grants for Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC)
Virtual Mobility grants
Dissemination grants


Please be informed that the topics of all grants and your research work should be strictly related to the ML4Microbiome Action aims and WGs aims.

Should you need any further information please do contact our Grant coordinator Tatjana Loncar-Turukalo!

  • Would you like to learn how to prepare and analyse different human samples using whole-genome sequencing?
  • Are you interested in developing pipelines and analysing microbiome data?
  • Do you want to learn how to correlate microbiome with clinical data?

A combined laboratory and bioinformatic PhD position is available at the University of Fribourg from February 2022 for a study on “Antibiotic-induced disruption of the maternal and infant microbiota and adverse health outcomes – The ABERRANT study

Deadline: November 30, 2021

For more info look at the Call