University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Four different departments of Copenhagen University are part of this project: the GLOBE Institute (UCPH-G ), the Section of Microbiology at the Department of Biology (UCPH-M), the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, IVH, (UCPH-V), and Department of Food and Resource economics, IFRO, (UPCH-E).

UCPH-G is an interdisciplinary institute of natural sciences created in 2019 that hosts some of the word-leading research groups in paleogenomics, metagenomics, hologenomics, macroecology and astronomy. The Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics (CEH) is a research centre founded in 2020 dedicated to the study of animal-microbiota interactions using hologenomics (i.e. joint study of animal and microbial omics) for improving our understanding on both fundamental and applied
biological processes using multi-omics. CEH currently coordinates two H2020 projects with direct relevance with 3D’omics: HoloFood, on optimising animal production through hologenomics, and FindingPheno, on developing new analytical tools to link hologenomic data with phenotypic outcomes.

UCPH-M is a research section of > 35 scientific personnel working at the forefront of microbial community ecology and microbiome analyses. Research is especially focused on studying bacterial interactions in microbial communities. The Section has built an international reputation for its unique expertise and immense research effort in understanding functional diversity and adaptive potential of microbial communities using cutting-edge techniques including confocal microscopy (meta)transcriptomics, (meta)genomics, proteomics, flow cytometry, single-cell detection, and real-time biofilm imaging.

UCPH-V is among the international top veterinary institutions (Ranked 3rd in the 2019 Shanghai Ranking) and has a particular focus on antibiotic resistance and how to mitigate the effects of antibiotic resistance. IVH also excels within development and use of biologically relevant animal models for which the Department has state-of-the-art facilities including animal isolation units and dedicated surgical facilities.

UCPH-E is a social science department with a main research focus on agriculture, forestry and food production sectors, environmental policy and management of natural resources. The department has solid experience in applied economic, sociological, ethical or political science perspectives, often in close collaboration with researchers from various disciplines of natural science or health science.

Role in the project
UCPH will be the Coordinating institution and it will lead management (WP1) and dissemination, exploitation and communication (WP2) work packages. Three members of the Coordination Team (PC, PM/CM and the SM) will belong to UCPH. UCPH will also lead the WP that will aim at developing the sample preparation technology (WP3), and will participate in multiple tasks in the rest of WPs. In total, UCPH-G will lead 10 tasks, UCPH-M will lead 3 tasks, UCPH-V will lead 4 tasks and UCPH-E will lead 1 task.