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Microbiome Research: Open Communication Today, Microbiome Applications in the Future

by 1,* and 2,† on behalf of the CIRCLES Consortium
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European Food Information Council, Rue des Deux Eglises 14, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Hague Corporate Affairs, Rue Belliard 40, 1040 Brussels, Belgium
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Microorganisms 2020, 8(12), 1960; https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms8121960
Received: 27 October 2020 / Revised: 27 November 2020 / Accepted: 8 December 2020 / Published: 10 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microbiomes for the Sustainable Production of Safe and Secure Foods)
Microbiome research has recently gained centre-stage in both basic science and translational applications, yet researchers often feel that public communication about its potential overpromises. This manuscript aims to share a perspective on how scientists can engage in more open, ethical and transparent communication using an ongoing research project on food systems microbiomes as a case study. Concrete examples of strategically planned communication efforts are outlined, which aim to inspire and empower other researchers. Finally, we conclude with a discussion on the benefits of open and transparent communication from early-on in innovation pathways, mainly increasing trust in scientific processes and thus paving the way to achieving societal milestones such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbiome; communication; trust; innovation microbiome; communication; trust; innovation
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