School project: Microorganism of the year 2019

Thursday, 19 December 2019 04:16

ÖGMBT celebrated the International Day of Microorganisms - a good occasion to have the "Microorganism of the Year 2019" chosen in a competition

Together with Open Science, the ÖGMBT called on pupils to choose the microorganism of the year 2019. School classes were asked to explain what distinguishes the microorganism they had chosen and what makes it so special.

There were no limits to the imagination when it came to design - the submission documents could be drawn and designed by hand or worked out electronically. The only important thing was to show what the microorganism of 2019 should be.

All submitted works were exhibited at the 11th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting, the most important congress for life sciences and biotechnology with 300 participants, in mid-September at the International Day of Microorganisms in Salzburg. Scientists reviewed and selected the submissions of the children.

The winner was the work of Jonas, Jakob, Moritz and Florian from class 2b (now 3b) of the Bundesgymnasium St. Johann in Tyrol on the bacterium Escherichia Coli.

School class @ the Medical University of Innsbruck

The prize included an invitation for the whole class to a microbiological practical course and lecture in the new teaching and learning building of the Medical University of Innsbruck. The head of the Institute of Molecular Biology, Hubertus Haas, had put together an exciting, age-appropriate programme and ÖGMBT President and head of the Institute of Cell Biology at the Medical University of Innsbruck, Lukas A. Huber, provided the lunchtime snack.