Monday, 14 September 2020 10:34
17 September is International Microorganism Day, an opportunity to promote the diversity and variety of microorganisms and a way to encourage everyone to recognize and celebrate the many ways microscopic organisms are important in human health, culture and, throughout our daily lives. 
International Microorganism Day is an annual celebration of microbiology and this year we are making an even greater effort to promote the positive contributions of microorganisms in our daily lives given the negative stories associated with viruses in the news. 
This year we have focused our efforts on online activities: 
Microorganisms and their activities have widespread, significant, and generally positive effects on the health and well‐being of human beings and the entire surface of the planet and its atmosphere. Microbes, invisible to the human eye, are the hidden power in many everyday activities, serving to ferment foods and treat sewage, to produce fuel, enzymes, and other bioactive compounds and are a vital component of fertile soil. In the human body, microorganisms make up the human microbiota, including the essential gut flora. The pathogens responsible for many infectious diseases are also microbes and as such are the target of disease prevention and control measures. 
The scientific study of microorganisms began with their observation under the microscope in the 1670s by Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 17 of September was chosen to acknowledge the date in 1683 van Leeuwenhoek - a Dutch merchant with no formal education - sent a letter to the Royal Society in London, reporting the first description of a single-celled organism. In the 1850s, Louis Pasteur found that microorganisms caused food spoilage and Robert Koch in the 1880s discovered that microorganisms caused the diseases tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax. 
Microorganisms include all unicellular organisms and so are extremely diverse. They live in almost every habitat from the poles to the equator, deserts, geysers, rocks, and the deep sea. Some are adapted to extremes such as very hot or very cold conditions, others to high pressure, and a few to high radiation environments. There is evidence that 3.45-billion-year-old Australian rocks once contained microorganisms, the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth. 
However, unlike other subjects having a significant impact upon humankind, knowledge of these vital microbial activities, how they impact our lives, and how they may be harnessed for the benefit of humankind – microbiology literacy – is low among the public and decision makers. An understanding of key microbial activities is essential in society for informed personal decisions, as well as for policy development in government and business.  
We hope this can be addressed by microbiologists, microbiological learned societies, microbiology‐literate professionals and all microbe lovers around their world sharing their passion and knowledge of microbes and their value to all humankind on 17 September. Microbiologists from across the globe will be contributing to International Microorganism Day, developing appealing teaching materials, introducing research in an engaging way, sharing interesting facts and stories about microorganisms and their impact. We hope to demonstrate to educators, policy makers, business leaders and relevant governmental and non‐governmental agencies the significance of microorganism and the need for education support increased understanding of their importance and significance and through this, microbiology literacy in society will become reality. 
About International Microorganism Day
International Microorganism Day is an initiative launched by the Portuguese Society of Microbiology in 2017 to combine science dissemination activities. Since that initial edition, celebrations have been held in Portugal and internationally under a cohesive identity through logos and mascots produced in Portugal. It has been supported by FEMS to increase the size and impact of these events and especially in 2020, to present the positive aspects of microorganisms.  
About FEMS
The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) is a not-for-profit organization, established in 1974 to advance microbiology for the benefit of society in the areas of health, energy, food, materials, and the environment. We are committed to supporting microbiologists do their work; promoting the best in microbiology research and knowledge to the world and, bringing microbiologists together to share that knowledge. We reinvest our revenues into supporting microbiologists throughout their career, publishing and promoting scientific research in our journals and organizing events to bring scientists together. 
Information for Editors
A full media pack including logos, images and the International Microorganism Day mascots is here:
Social media hashtags for the event are #InternationalMicroorganismDay #WhyMicroMatters and #MicrobiologyIsEverywhere
The story of why 17 September was chosen as IMD and the discovery of microbes by Antonie van Leeuvwenhoek is here:  
All media enquiries should be sent to Joe Shuttleworth (FEMS Science Communications Officer) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in Allgemeine News
  • FEMS Affiliates Letter - October 2020
    As member of the ÖGMBT you are automatically also member of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS). The FEMS Affiliates Letter of October 2020 has the following content: Page 2-3: FEMS Microbiology News Page 4-7: New Research in the FEMS Journals Page 8-9: Grants Corner, Events & Opportunities Page 10: Deadlines, Videos & Extras See ÖGMBT Special - Page 9: Life Science Tuesday #5: Microbiome Innovations
  • Life Science Tuesday #2/12 – “RNA Biology” - October 20 - Program & Abstract Booklet
    FREE REGISTRATION FOR PERSONAL MEMBERS Our first Life Science Tuesday “Lipids and Metabolism” was well attended, the discussions in the breakout rooms were lively, the Short Talks by young talents were on a high standard and we were enthused by the quality and creativity of the Science Flashes. Thanks to all who participated! We expect no less at our next Life Science Tuesday #2/12 dedicated to “RNA Biology” supported by…
  • Posterchallenge Deadline extension 16.10.2020
    Dear colleagues, the Austrian Platform for Personalized Medicine (“Österreichische Plattform für Personalisiere Medizin” ÖPPM) is pleased to invite you to an Austrian-wide competition for students in (e-) health and IT sciences at Universities and Institutions for Applied Sciences during the annual (virtual!) ÖPPM meeting in autumn 2020.   „What means Personalized Medicine and Digitalization for you in your area of expertise?“   10 carefully chosen posters will be presented on…
  • FEMS Affiliates Letter - September 2020
    As member of the ÖGMBT you are automatically also member of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS). The FEMS Affiliates Letter of September 2020 has the following content: Page 2-3: FEMS Microbiology News Page 4-5: MicroLife, FEMS Microbes Page 6-7:  New Research in the FEMS Journals Page 8-9: Grants Corner, Events & Opportunities Page 10: Deadlines, Videos & Extras    
  • FEMS - Get Involved bulletin – September 2020
    The FEMS Get involved bulletin is out! Read the September issue with microbiology research, events and calls. Some highlights: Call for Early Career Scientists as Reviewers for FEMS Microbes FEMS Microbes: Read the inaugural editorial FEMS Microbes: Interview with Editor-in-Chief Jana Jass Top 3 Opportunities this month International Microorganism Day 2020 rewind – watch the streams! Microbe Art Competition: And the winners are... Grant Application Deadlines Additional FEMS Research and Travel Grants...…
    17 September is International Microorganism Day, an opportunity to promote the diversity and variety of microorganisms and a way to encourage everyone to recognize and celebrate the many ways microscopic organisms are important in human health, culture and, throughout our daily lives.    International Microorganism Day is an annual celebration of microbiology and this year we are making an even greater effort to promote the positive contributions of microorganisms in…
  • FEMS Affiliates Letter - August 2020
    As member of the ÖGMBT you are automatically also member of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS). The FEMS Affiliates Letter of August 2020 has the following content: Page 2-3: FEMS Microbiology News Page 4-5: Research from the FEMS Journals Page 6-7:  MicroLife - inaugeral editorial, FEMS Microbes Page 8-9: Grants Corner, Events & Opportunities Page 10: Deadlines, Videos, Extras  
  • US and Austrian Fulbright Scholar Awards are open for application
    Fulbright Austria has been creating opportunities since 1950. For 70 years, we have facilitated academic exchange between the US and Austria to promote mutual understanding. The US and Austrian Fulbright Scholar Awards are open for application: For Austrians: Grant Deadline: October 30, 2020   For Americans: Grant Deadline: September 15, 2020   Grant Length: 3–4 months Starting Date: 2021–22 academic year      
  • European Biotech Week 2020
    Within the framework of the European Biotech Week 2020, EuropaBio (the European Association for Bioindustries) has launched the #BiotechFan Photo Contest, a competition aiming to engage with all European citizens, by raising awareness and making biotech accessible to local communities, and by showing concrete examples to explain how biotech surrounds and supports us in everyday life, also in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Inaugurated in 2013, the European Biotech…
  • Call for Applications for Bioeconomy Youth Champions
    The Call for Applications for Bioeconomy Youth Champions is out now!   The International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy (IAC) is looking for young champions motivated to engage with the global bioeconomy youth during the virtual Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020, 16th – 20th November 2020. What’s the aim of the call? The objective of this call is to bring together an eclectic and geographically diverse leadership group of young…
  • That was Austria's 1st Life Science Career Fair
    In these exciting times it is a special challenge but also a pleasure to create something new. We were immediately thrilled when Alexandra Khassidov,  o the managing director of our cooperation partner of the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT) contacted us with the idea of an Austria-wide life science career fair. A joint organization was quickly decided on, whereupon Life Science Austria (LISA) and other Austrian…
  • Few places left - Career Workshop Pimp Your Proposal
    Career Workshop Pimp Your Proposal: How to successfully advance your funding project for  national & EU grants Will you submit a funding proposal shortly or has your proposal recently been rejected? Would you like to learn best practices for developing a successful funding proposal?Join us for a 2-day, hands-on career workshop that will provide you with concrete feedback on your proposal or project idea. Based on your ideas or a…
  • Safety first
  • ClinicalStrategy, ClinicalDevelopment
  • Safety first in clinical development   The hope for a fast availability of #COVID19 #vaccine is understandable. Worlwide plans to vaccinate hundreds of millions of people with the first successful candidate. One serious adverse event per thousand of a vaccine given to 100 million people means harm to 100,000 otherwise healthy people. Trust that given the time science will deliver a medical solution in the form of a vaccine or a chemoprophylactic drug treatment with measures for…
  • LISAvienna to support the EFIB Digital Start-up Forum
    The digital START-UP FORUM offers young founders who are active in industrial biotech-nology and bioeconomy strong visibility among the international EFIB attendees, representing sector stakeholders from companies, academics, SMEs, investors, policy makers, NGOs and media.  LISAvienna encourages start-ups to apply Start-ups from the following areas are invited to apply for a live pitch: Green. Circular. Sustainable. Food, Feed & Nutrition Fashion & Textiles Materials & Packaging Bioprocesses & Technologies Participation…
  • Philipp Hainzl appointed new Managing Director at LISAvienna by the Vienna Business Agency
    On September 1, 2020, Philipp Hainzl will succeed longstanding Managing Director Peter Halwachs as representative of the Vienna Business Agency on the board of the Vienna life sciences platform LISAvienna. He and Johannes Sarx from the Austrian promotional bank Austria Wirtschaftsservice (aws) are now jointly responsible for the life science cluster. Commenting on his new area of responsibility, Philipp Hainzl said, “LISAvienna is one of the most important initiatives designed…
  • EURAXESS Career Orientation tool
    No limits: explore your career as a researcher   The 'No limits' toolkit for researchers highlights resources to help you identify what's important for you in your career plan to build on your skills and knowledge consider a wide range of career options make a plan to reach your professional development goals The toolkit includes advice, quizzes to help you explore your own needs and links to resources, information and…
  • Stipendien und Förderungen
    Österreichs größte Datenbank für Stipendien und Forschungsförderung richtet sich an Incomings und Outgoings. Sie enthält aktuelle Ausschreibungen für Stipendien, Zuschüsse, Forschungsförderungen, Praktika und Forschungspreise. Interessierte können gezielt nach passenden Stipendien und Förderungen suchen. >>
  • Takeda: Global Plasma Alliance in the fight against COVID-19
    World-leading plasma companies collaborate to accelerate the development of a potential COVID-19 hyperimmune therapy. Takeda has been working intensively on the development of a potential plasma-derived therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 since the beginning of the corona crisis. At the beginning of April, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited and CSL Behring announced the establishment of a global plasma alliance to accelerate the development of a potential therapy to treat people…
  • Ist Morgensport besonders gesund?
    Körperliche Aktivität verbessert die Gesundheit und Morgensport hat dabei möglicherweise die stärkste schützende Wirkung, ergab eine Studie der Abteilung für Epidemiologie am Zentrum für Public Health der MedUni Wien in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)Getaktet im zirkadianen RhythmusZirkadiane Rhythmik, das...
  • 3D Krebsdiagnostik mit dem Ultramikroskop
    An der TU Wien entwickelte man in Zusammenarbeit mit der TU München ein Ultramikroskop, das erstmals ganze Stücke des Tumors in 3D sichtbar macht. Die Zuverlässigkeit der Diagnose ob der Tumor durch Operation vollständig entfernt wurde, soll dadurch deutlich gesteigert werden.Ist der gesamte Tumor entfernt?Nach einer Krebsoperation ist die...
  • “Sprich mit mir”, rät die Kuh dem Bauern
    Es ist eine alte Bauernweisheit, dass sich der wertschätzende Umgang mit den Tieren auf deren Gesundheit und Leistung niederschlägt. Die Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien hat nun in einer Studie wissenschaftlich belegt, dass Kühe bei Streicheln und sanftem Sprechen zusätzlich auf die Echtheit der Person Wert legen. Wird die Sprache von einem...
  • Takeda Österreich baut Standort Orth weiter aus
    Ein Teil der neuesten Gentherapiegeneration gegen Blutkrebs wird in Niederösterreich produziert. Rund 30 zusätzliche Arbeitsplätze entstehen durch diese Investition in Innovation in Orth an der Donau. Mit der Produktion eines Vektors für die CAR-NK-Zelltherapie, einer neuartigen Gentherapie, leistet Takeda in Orth an der Donau einen wichtigen...
  • Borkenkäfer gehen online
    Österreichweite Online-Überwachung der Borkenkäferentwicklung. Forscher des Instituts für Forstentomologie, Forstpathologie und Forstschutz der BOKU Wien haben im Juli 2020 ein landesweites, digitales Frühwarnsystem (PHENIPS plus) für Borkenkäferbefall als Internet-Anwendung etabliert. In den nächsten fünf Jahren wird diese Plattform Waldbesi...
  • Naturgesetz überlistet
    Super-Resolution-Mikroskopie wird heute auf der ganzen Welt verwendet, doch sie kann trügerisch sein: TU Wien und MedUni Wien zeigen, dass die Bilder oft falsch interpretiert werden und haben Methoden entwickelt, wie man die Aussagekraft verbessern kann.Ein Widerspruch der nicht widerspricht.Eigentlich widerspricht die Technologie einem Grundsatz,...
  • online Projektmanagement Workshop
    Erfolgreiches Projektmanagement beinhaltet viele Faktoren, wie beispielsweise klare Rollenverteilung und Kommunikation. Diese müssen auch in technischen Entwicklungs- oder Umsetzungsprojekten berücksichtigt werden. Die Standortagentur Tirol bietet Forscherinnen kostenloses Projektmanagementseminar.Die Standortagentur Tirol lädt in Kooperation mit...
  • Krisenmanagement am Beispiel Covid-19 – offener Onlinekurs
    International ausgezeichneter online-Kurs bündelt Krisenmanagement und Krisenbewältigung im Umgang mit der Covid-19 Krise. Er behandelt Themenbereiche wie Entscheidungsprozesse, Krisenkommunikation, Entrepreneurship, staatliche Bürokratie bis hin zu Fragen der Führung in Organisationen, Open Science und Open Data im Kontext der Corona-Krise und wur...
  • Der Avatar drückt die Schulbank
    Chronisch kranke Kinder können oft über längere Zeiträume nicht am Unterricht teilnehmen. Ein Forschungsprojekt von Thomas Pletschko vom Comprehensive Center for Pediatrics CCP der Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde untersucht, wie sich Avatare auf die schulische Partizipation, das Zugehörigkeitsgefühl, Gefühle sozialer Isolation s...
  • Energie statt Depression
    Alexander Karabatsiakis Foto: (c) Universität Innsbruck Das Gehirn hat den höchsten Energieverbrauch im Körper. Chronische Stressbelastung braucht Energie und kann sich bis zu einer Depression entwickeln. Müdigkeit, Energiemangel, Schlafstörungen oder Apathie sind oft die Folgen. Alexander Karabatsiakis am Institut für Psychologie der Universität I...