GROWTH Network

The GROWTH consortium, funded by the European Commission (2019-2023), is made up to train a new generation of researchers working on new pathological insights, biomarker diagnostics and personalized nutritional interventions for intestinal failure in neonates and preterm infants.


Academic and industry partners, covering various disciplines ranging from fundamental research to clinical paediatrics and analytical chemistry to organoid and gut-on-chip applications, have teamed up in the European Union.

Research Programme

GROWTH aims to set-up a new European platform that trains young scientists in the industry-led exploration of innovative routes to fully exploit the potential of early life nutrition to prevent inflammatory disease. GROWTH coordinates 8 individual research projects.


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The 12th edition of the symposium will focus on the understanding of the role of human and animal microbial digestive ecosytems in host metabolism, welfare and health. Studies on other topics are also encouraged, such as the interplay between gut microorganisms and environment, as well as cross-talk between microorganisms and their host. Studies aiming at developing new approaches to study gut microbial ecosystems in interaction with the diet, the host and the environment will also be highly appreciated.

History of the symposium

The symposium was first jointly organised in 1997 by INRA (France) and the Rowett Institute (Scotland), two European Institutes well-known for their research on microbial digestive ecosystems. Because of its initial success, it was then alternatively organised in Clermont-Ferrand (France) and in Aberdeen (Scotland) every two years. The last meetings in Clermont-Ferrand in 2016 and Aberdeen in 2018 gathered more than 300 attendees from more than 30 countries.

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