Gastronauts Global 2021

To make us who we are, food must agree with the gut and the brain. This venue for scientific gut-brain dialogue is Gastronauts

Thank you for making Gastronauts Global 2021 such an amazing event!!

When a behavioral neuroscientist sits with a synthetic biologist for breakfast, one can envision a witty probiotic designed to tame our cravings.

At our Global event, the table will be served with fine ideas carefully nourished in laboratories around the world. Guts in space, mind bending gut surgery, guts on a chip, and self-medicating chimps are just a few of the topics to be delivered by our carefully curated list of scientists.

This virtual event will include six stellar scientific sessions of two hours each with a total of 30 speakers culminating in more than 720 minutes of solid intellectual fun!

Each session will be hosted live from one of six global locations: Adelaide – Australia, Doha – Qatar, Durham – USA, London – UK, Nantes – France, and Porto Alegre – Brazil.

Local Hosts & Organizers

Luis Saraiva
Sidra Medicine Qatar
Doha Host

Maxime Mahe
Université de Nantes
Nantes Host

Irene Miguel-Aliaga
Imperial College London
London Host

Nick Spencer
Flinders University
Adelaide Host

Maya Kaelberer
Duke University
Durham Host
Eduardo Zimmer
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
Porto Alegre Host
Diego Bohórquez
Duke University
Board Member & Founder

For any inquiries, please email [email protected].

May 11, 2021
Doha, Qatar10:00am, AST (UTC+3)
Marcello Costa
Alyce Martin
Antonio Scialdone
Ana Domingos
History of enteric neurobiology
Enterochromaffin cell biology
Spatial transcriptomics
Fat innervation
Flinders University
Flinders University
Helmholtz München
Oxford University
Scientific Entrepreneurship
Christof von Kalle
Harry Knot
Steve Harvey
CEO, Camena Bioscience
Nantes, France5:00pm, CEST, Paris local time (UTC+2)
Judith Eisen
Roisin Owens
John Lukens
Carlotta Ronda
Giles Yeo
Brain neurons and microbes
Guts on a chip
Microbiome-immune crosstalk
Engineering microbes
University of Oregon
Cambridge University
University of Virginia
Columbia University
Cambridge University
May 12, 2021
London, United Kingdom3:00pm, BST (UTC+1)
Ulrika Marklund
Layla Kamareddine
Julián Otero
Nilay Yapici
Ruslan Medzhitov
Gut neuron development
Host-pathogen interactions
Special Chef Event
Neurobiology of ingestion
Food allergies
Karolinska Institute
Qatar University
Cornell University
Yale University
May 13, 2021
Adelaide, Australia7:30am, ACST (UTC+9.5)
Marcelo Dietrich
Michael Huffman
Cheryl Nickerson
Mauro Costa-Mattioli
Ontogeny of feeding
Self-medicating chimps
Gut disease in space
Mood enhancing microbes
Yale University
Kyoto University
Arizona State University
Baylor College
Panel: FundingNandini Iyer
Nelson Spruston
Wen Chen
Department of Defense
Durham, United States10:00am, EDT (UTC-4)
Nancy Allbritton
Filipe De Vadder
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes
Dana Small
Microengineering the gut
Gut microbes and neurons
Diet, immunity, and the gut

The pleasure of food
University of Washington

Yale University
Science Communication
Caitlin Vander Weele
Gabi Serrato Marks
Sarafina Nance
CEO, Stellate Communications
Science/ writing/ digital media
Astrophysicist & Women's Health Advocate
Porto Alegre, Brazil1:00pm, BRT (UTC-3)
Kara Margolis
Matthias Meier
Michel Neunlist
Dragana Rogulja
Charles Spence
Serotonin and the gut
Exocrine pancreas on a chip
Parkinson's in the gut
To sleep, or to eat
The future of food
Columbia University
Helmholtz München
Harvard University
Oxford University

Virtual Venue

Our virtual symposium will be held through the online platform

Gather Town is a web-meeting software like Zoom or Skype, but with the added ability to see a 2-dimensional space in which you and others are occupying. In gather town, you will be able to move around and interact with other participants based on your locations in the room, just like real life. Users easily start and end side conversations and chats, or return to a main speaker just as at a real-world conference or other gathering. Rather than being moved to a Zoom breakout room, in gather town, you can simply walk your online-self to tables and chairs, sit down, and start a conversation.

New to Watch this demo video:

Learn how to interact with our poster session!