Remco Kort is a Professor of molecular microbiology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (appointed in 2010) and a specialist in applied microbiological research. His research focuses on the role of the microbiota in gut heath and lactic acid bacteria in fermented foods leading to over 100 scientific publications (4,500 citations; h-index 36). He is the organizer of the annual lecture series The human microbiome in health and disease and its national Microbiome Award for MSc and PhD-students. In Amsterdam he co-developed ARTIS-Micropia, the only microbe museum in the world, which has been awarded with the Kenneth Hudson award for the most innovative museum in Europe. He authored the popular science book De microbemens (The microbe man, transl.) published by Athenaeum, Amsterdam, 2017. Kort has over 10 years of experience with research and innovations in East-Africa and South-Asia, where he co-founded the non-profit Yoba for Life foundation for the development of an educational program and a distribution network for innovative starter culture enabling the production of probiotic yoghurt.