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 LexogenOctober 20 from 13:30 – 18:00 hrs, chaired by Brigitte Pertschy & Sebastian Falk.

Invited Speaker Marlene Oeffinger (Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, CA) will be talking about “Nuclear mRNA metabolism directs specialization of the nuclear pore complex in yeast”, followed by 4 Short talks and 4 Science flashes by young talents. Last but not least, Renée Schroeder will be giving a presentation on the “Historical Perspective on RNA Research".

Please find here the program/abstract booklet for the afternoon and the teaser video.

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The Annual Meeting is free of charge for all personal ÖGMBT members!

Registration for the Life Science Tuesdays is at any time possible. For abstract submission check the deadlines on our webpage.

Even without registration we invite you to visit:

Come join us for 11 further Life Science Tuesdays – starting at #2 on October 20! Here the list of all Life Science Tuesdays.


We look forward to see you there!


Harald Pichler, Helmut Bergler, Alexandra Khassidov

Organizing Committee






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.


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Thursday, 06 August 2020 04:01

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020 10:32

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Six months education and networking at the largest Life Science event(s) in Austria

The Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT) is pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission for our online 12th Annual Meeting “Biomolecules in/for the 21st Century” is open.

Do not miss the chance to register for six months education and networking at the largest Life Science event(s) in Austria. The layout in our virtual meeting room will enable interactivity in order to keep up the cherished spirit of learning from each other, exchanging ideas and giving each participant ample opportunities to discuss her /his research with colleagues, friends and senior scientists. All students and scientists from academia as well as from industry are welcome to take advantage of this unique opportunity.


If you register by July 31, 2020 and your residence is in Austria, you will receive the conference guide and a little surprise by surface mail.

You can contribute to the meeting by submitting your abstract for a short talk or “Science Flash” at one of the Life Science Tuesdays. Every young scientist who has submitted an abstract has the chance to win one of the Awards for Best Talk or Best Science Flash.

Below you can find a program outline & topics.
Details and list of Invited Speakers please find on

Invited Speakers

Theresa Carlomagno3 Carlomagno
Leibnitz University Hannover, DE

Hesso Farhan
University of Oslo, NO4 Farhan

Stéphane Guillouet12 Guillouet

David Haselbach Haselbach

Brian Kennedy Kennedy

Ondrej Kuda 1 Kuda
The Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ

Marlene Oeffinger 2 Oeffinger
McGill University, CA

Jilian Petersen 5 petersen
University of Vienna, AT

Stephan Sieber 6 Sieber
Technical University Munich, DE

Oliver Stegle 10 Stegle

Daniela Thommen 11 Thommen

Jordan Turnbull 7 Turnbull
ViraTherapeutics, AT

Heike Walles 9 walles
OVGU Magdeburg, DE

From September 21-23 our virtual meeting room will stage the Kick off event (2 sessions/day à 2h). You will hear lectures from renowned Plenary Speakers, our Austrian Life Science Awards Austria 2020 winners and get insights into the latest Corona research conducted in Austria. We will feature the Life Science Career Fair and will hear and discuss about cryo-EM and healthy ageing in the 21st Century, as Graz special contribution. Our much appreciated exhibition will be an interactive VirtualExpo (with live chat and live video calls), which will accompany us starting from the kick-off event on throughout the period of all Life Science Tuesdays.

Following the Kick off event, our virtual meeting room will open its’ doors for bi-weekly Life Science Tuesdays, where we will spend an afternoon together focussing and interacting on a specific topic – centrepieces will be invited talks, short talks, “Science Flashes” in lieu of posters, workshops/webinars and the VirtualExpo. A separate Exhibitor Quiz will take place at every Life Science Tuesday- so you have 12 chances to win!


Life Science Tuesday Topics

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We are very much looking forward to welcome you at the 12th ÖGMBT Annual Meeting!

On February 13th and 14th more than 400 scientists from different countries and scientific backgrounds gathered together in Zurich for this year’s FEBS3+ Life Science Switzerland (LS2) Annual Meeting 2020 under the theme "Cells, Molecules and Organisms", including numerous scientists from Austria. It was the first time that this meeting was jointly organized with the German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM), as well as the Austrian Association of Molecular Life Sciences and Biotechnology (ÖGMBT) - and it was a huge success.

Students and Young Scientists

A membership in the ÖGMBT brings a whole range of advantages already during your studies. This is reflected, among other things, in the large number of activities that enable to exchange and network with other students, young professionals and scientists across institutes and even across countries. As a Bachelor student I experienced this once more by getting the opportunity to participate at the FEBS3+ LS2 meeting. Already last year, at the 11th Annual Meeting of the ÖGMBT in Salzburg, the Young Life Scientists Austria (YLSA) decided together with the Junior-GBM (jGBM) to attend the LS2 Annual Meeting to connect with the Swiss young scientists and learn from each other.