HUMI is science led & community focused
& endorsed by the United Nations Secretariat
for the Convention on Biological Diversity.
We seek to understand & recreate healthy microbiomes & unlock the immune boosting powers of biodiverse green space from nature
in urban areas around the world.
to defend the body against pathogens
it primes & trains our immune system
is essential for our health & wellbeing
contact with nature
What is a Healthy Urban Microbiome?
In simple terms, a healthy microbiome
is a diverse community of microbes from nature
in which the beneficial & harmless members are able to keep potentially disease-causing microbes (or pathogens) in check.
The majority of the world's population
now live in cities & people are losing contact
with the natural world & the immune boosting
power of biodiverse green spaces.
Human immunity is compromised & health disorders such as allergies, auto-immune & chronic inflammatory diseases are multiplying.
So HUMI is working to encourage
the restoration & creation
of biodiverse green space in urban areas
which is essential for our health & wellbeing.
Our focus in on
• green space microbiomes
• existing green space initiatives
• immune systems & environmental health
• vulnerable urban population groups
• biodiverse green space design strategies
strategy · technology · communication
Dr Martin Breed
microbiomes · restoration ecology · ecohealth
Dr Craig Liddicoat
data analysis · soil health · environmental science
Prof. Phil Weinstein
health · environment · conservation
Dr Chris Skelly
systems · problem solving · health intelligence
ecology · microbiomics · social research
HUMI development team