International Microorganism Day 2020: a 24-hour online Microbiology marathon


Here we are, once again, counting down to the International Microorganism Day (IMD) celebrated on September 17th.

In a year in which a viral pandemic is plaguing the world, it is even more important to highlight the role that a multitude of microscopic living beings play in our health, environment and quality of life, as well as their biotechnological potential.

This year it is not possible to repeat the same multiple festive activities from previous years, that usually take place in several countries. For this reason, the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS) and the Portuguese Microbiology Society (SPM) have joined forces to organize a 24-hour online microbiology marathon, with videos, lectures and live discussions, to promote Microbiology and celebrate the 2020 edition of the International Day of the Microorganism.

FEMS and SPM counted on the collaboration of the Biological Sciences group of the iBB-Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences and the Department of Bioengineering of the Instituto Superior Técnico. Professor Isabel Sá Correia, President of SPM, the PhD researcher Cláudia Godinho and the PhD student in Biotechnology and Biosciences Nuno Bourbon Melo, are part of the team in charge of organizing and publicizing the event.

The International Microorganism Day 2020 goes virtual, with a 24 hour live stream, and will be recorded and accessible on IMD social media: website, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, as well as on FEMS social media.

The provisional programme is now available and includes the important participation of Técnico community and Portuguese speakers, as well as the participation of renowned speakers, science communicators, young researchers and PhD students, across the globe, with an important national and Técnico participation.

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