The scientists of the JCMC target their investigations at the complex molecular mechanisms of microbial communication in all areas ranging from pristine to man-made environments. In recent years, several new DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centres have been established in this field. Numerous other collaborative projects are associated with the JCMC. For example the Jena School for Microbial Communication, which is funded through the DFG Excellence initiative, is an integral component of the JCMC and offers an internationally competitive graduate training program.