An open infrastructure for exploring new horizons for research on microbial communities


Illustration of Biodiscovery Platform of UNLOCK, to explore microbial communities. By Haans Design

Biodiscovery Platform

Isolate, investigate and discover yet unknown microbes and communities in a high-throughput way.

Illustration of the Modular Bioreactor Platform of UNLOCK, to mix and match microbial communities. By Haans Design

Modular Bioreactor Platform

Mix and match different bioreactors to investigate sustainable microbiological solutions for environmental challenges.

Illustration of Parallel Cultivation Platform of UNLOCK, to compare microbial communities. By Haans Design

Parallel Cultivation Platform

Cultivate and investigate a wide array of microbial communities in extremely well-defined conditions.

Illustration of the FAIR Data Platform of UNLOCK, to store and analyze data on microbial communities. By Haans Design.

FAIR Data Platform

Make sure your data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (= FAIR) in collection, storage and analysis.




3 November 2022
UNLOCK the facility

UNLOCK has been officially unlocked! Did you miss it? Watch our slideshow here.

27 June 2021
Launch website
Logo of World Microbiome Day 2021.

On World Microbiome Day, we officially launched the full UNLOCK website. Have a look around!

1 September 2020
Construction phase
Illustration of facilities to explore and UNLOCK microbial potential. By Folded Paper.

Behind the scenes, the UNLOCK team started constructions on the planned facilities.

30 April 2020
UNLOCK funded
UNLOCK Logo without tagline. Designed by Folded paper.

Wageningen University & Research and the Delft University of Technology are rewarded with a 25-million subsidy to invest in research facility UNLOCK.

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