Sustainability - The topic of our time
Within the past few years, our awareness of the environment and the way we have treated it up to now has grown greatly. We must no longer live at the expense of future generations and are obliged to do more for the preservation of our nature. This idea regularly drives thousands of young people to the streets under the "Fridays for Future" movement for a future worth living. We also share these concerns and as bioscience students, we are asking ourselves what role science can and should play in this problem and what responsibility it must take. Therefore, we would like to give space to this topic in this summer symposium to be discussed with other students as well as with other scientists.
You will have the opportunity to participate in interesting workshops and get to know other jGBM members as well as the most beautiful corners of Hamburg. Registered participants will get the chance to sign up. Attention: Sign up quickly! The number of spots for the activities is limited. For further information please visit the section workshops and sightseeing.
Participants that have booked the ticket option including accomodation will be staying in the hostel "Backpackers St. Pauli" close to the city centre."
During our symposium, we want to shine light on three major aspects of substainability. Therefore we distinguish three different sessions:
Session I – Research as key for sustainability
The pandemic has shown how irreplaceable research is for the well-being of mankind. Scientists were able to save countless lives through the development of vaccines. We therefore believe that through further research, solutions can be developed to preserve nature and our standard of living. In this block we want to listen to scientists and their research for a more sustainable life.
Session II – Sustainability in the lab
We are firmly convinced that science must play a pioneering role in social change. At the same time, however, we see that plastic and various pollutants are used in the laboratory every day. Is there another way? Green Lab initiatives have already developed strategies for sustainable research, for example to reduce plastic. Likewise, there are also companies and bio-tech startups with sustainable ideas. We would like to offer them a platform in this part of our symposium.
Session III – sustainable working conditions for scientists
In addition to the points on sustainability presented so far, we are also concerned with another aspect: the sustainable treatment of researchers in science. Despite their great responsibility, scientists rarely seem to be properly appreciated. The current law on temporary contracts for scientists puts a lot of pressure on many researchers and affects their own life and well-being. Just how precarious working conditions are in science has become apparent in recent years under the hashtag #ichbinhanna. In a panel discussion we will also address this important topic and discuss possible solutions.
What to expect!
Who says sustainable science has to be dull and boring? During our symposium we are proud to present a colourful mix of speakers from research, industry and the start-up landscape, all talking about their topics, ideas and visions for a more sustainable tomorrow.
The honours of opening our event will be held by our keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran from the University of Hamburg, an expert in the field of human-society-environment interaction.
Not to spoil everything at once, but we are also going international, hearing from a young entrepreneur from Austria giving lab plastic scraps a second (and stylish) life. We are even going to be listening to the Bio-Plastics Europe initiative and their efforts to develop strategies and solutions to implement bio-plastics in our everyday life.
For detailed information about our speakers chek the menu option abstracts.
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Max Planck Institute for Meteorology
Today, the influence of humans on the Earth system has become so prominent that it has been proposed to call the present geological epoch: the "anthropocene”. The presentation will review the major changes that have affected our planet including those leading to profound climate disturbances and the related impacts on the ocean and on the biosphere. How should humanity deal with this rapid evolution of our environment and what measures should we take to mitigate some of these expected changes? The next 20 years will be crucial and will decide about the fate of our planet and its inhabitants. The solutions require a grand transformation of our societies and of our way of life. How will we be able to adapt and live within the anthropocene?
Vincent George, Universität Regensburg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Light is an ideal reagent for chemical reactions: It provides energy, can be introduced very selectively into molecules and is easy to generate or even available as daylight. Photochemistry is a long-established sub-discipline of chemistry. Even though photochemical processes are well known in biology in photosynthesis, vision, and the formation of vitamin D, synthetic chemistry with light has only experienced an enormous upswing in the last decade. Technical developments in illumination and reaction technology as well as the combination with metal or organocatalysis have made this possible.
The lecture will present the basics of modern photocatalysis and I will discuss the reactions that are already possible using examples, as well as the meaning behind buzzwords such as “energy upconversion” and “atom-efficiency” in organic synthesis chemistry.
Plastics play an important role in our daily lives. With their many applications and low-cost they are one of the most used materials in many industries. However, their longevity and the use of fossil fuels in their production can lead to environmental issues and the depletion of resources. In order to protect the environment and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, a running Horizon 2020 project “BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE” is exploring and developing new possibilities for sustainable solutions using plastic materials that are bio-based and biodegradable. However, there are still many questions rising from plastics consumers. Are the new bio-based plastics part of a solution to manage plastic waste or are they another problem for our society?
BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE is engaged in innovative product design, the development of health and safety standards and finding sustainable end-of-life solutions regarding bio-based and biodegradable plastics. Furthermore, the project aims to develop business models for the efficient reuse and recycling of bio-based biodegradable plastics, ensuring the safety of recycled materials for both the environment and the society. To ensure a strong commitment of producers, politicians, industrial and private consumers and to push the current system towards a more circular economy, BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE is heavily engaging stakeholders in all aspects of the project, since European project team strongly believes in a participatory research and innovation process. In order to find the solution, we have to pose the right questions and have a good understanding of the topic. Jasmin Röseler, the communication manager of BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE, will share insights into the project, explaining what bio-based and biodegradable plastics are, as well as their role in the plastics industry and their effect on the environment now and in the future.
Limited availability of water has evolved mechanisms in plants to survive without water for a certain period of time. Most angiosperm plants are not able to survive a cellular water loss below 80 to 70 %. Only specialized organs like seeds or pollen are desiccation tolerant. An exception are the so-called resurrection plants which are a small group of plants and which tolerate severe water loss, and adjust their water content with the relative humidity in the environment. The plants can remain in the desiccated state for several months. When rainfall occurs, the plants recover and assume full physiological activity. Our studies are mainly focused on the desiccation tolerant resurrection plants Craterostigma plantagineum and Lindernia brevidens. The studies showed that desiccation tolerance is a phenomenon in which several factors are involved which interact in a complex genetic network. Analyses suggest that desiccation tolerance has evolved through expressing components of seed desiccation pathways in vegetative tissues of desiccation tolerant resurrection plants. This involves a de-regulation of gene expression which is tightly developmentally controlled in non-desiccation tolerant plants. A very urgent problem in agriculture is the availability of sufficient arable land to produce sufficient food for the increasing world population. However, an increase in good quality agricultural land is hampered by salinization of soil due to irrigation and shortage of water due to climate change. Research on resurrection plants can contribute towards understanding how plants can adapt to water shortage and how water use efficiency can be can be improved in agriculturally important plants.
Andreas Nakielski, Ilka M. Axmann, Institute for Synthetic Microbiology, Department of Biology,
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes and a promising platform for the production of terpenoids, a class of chemicals with a huge variety of products, including steroids, carotenoids and many fragrance molecules. Three examples of sustainable terpenoid production using the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 will be discussed: Squalene, cycloartenol and valencene. Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 natively produces squalene from CO2 through the MEP-pathway, and accumulates it due to a single gene knock-out, Δshc (squalene-hopene cyclase). We took a systems biology approach to increase squalene production, identifying gene targets in silico and overexpressing them experimentally, leading to a strong squalene production strain. The combination of the most productive gene overexpressions is a promising strategy for further optimisation. We also demonstrated production of the tetracyclic triterpenoid cycloartenol in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 through the expression of just two additional enzymatic steps from squalene, showcasing the potential of cyanobacteria for the production of more complex terpenoids. Using a novel CRISPRi tool in combination with gene knock-outs, we improved the production of valencene by 3.7-fold by inducibly downregulating the synthesis of pigments in favour of the heterologous terpene. Through the use of these strategies, cyanobacteria may be established as production hosts for a sustainable pharmaceutical industry, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and capturing CO2 in the process.
Each year, at least 360-400 million tons of plastics are being produced. Millions of tons accumulate annually in terrestrial and marine environments. Plastic pollution concerns all ecosystems. Macro-, micro- and nanoplastic particles cause severe damage to living organisms . Microorganisms with the ability to degrade plastics could help to recover our environment and are useful tools for circular bioeconomy. Unfortunately, only relatively few organisms are known that are able to degrade PET and other commodity polymers [2,3]. Recently, we reported on a sequence-based mining approach for PET-hydrolases using a Hidden-Markov-Modell (HMM) and identified more than 50 potential PET-active enzymes . These enzymes originate from different microbial phyla in global metagenomic datasets. Now, we have almost 45 of these candidate enzymes expressed and biochemically characterized in our lab. By characterizing these enzymes biochemically and structurally, we have built a large toolbox of functional PET-hydrolases that gives us a detailed insight into the evolution of PET-active enzymes. The enzymes presented here are the foundation for future industrial processes to better facilitate the circular use of plastics. Studying the distribution of PET-degrading organisms in the environment will lead to a better estimation of thechances for ecosystem recovery on the long run.
"Plastic, a companion from pacifier to grave light or the biggest enemy of life? Can we blame a material for everything bad in this world, or is it ourselves who must learn how to use resources properly? When I founded Biocraftlab, I also asked myself this question and, through new innovative machines and a great network, I found a way to work with plastic and conserving resources. This sustainable goal is reflected in our products and processes."
Technische Universität Berlin, Institute of Biotechnology
The current paradigm of biomedical research is based on the use of animal models in drug development. This approach is not only connected to ethical concerns, but it also suffers from limited predictability to the human (patho-)physiology due to species-specific differences. An alternative approach uses human organ models that can be produced by 3D bioprinting. Our group has developed lung and liver model to study infection biology. The most advanced lung model consists of multiple cell types, including alveolar epithelial cells, monocytes and lung fibroblasts. Only the epithelial layer is infected by influence A viruses. The model can be used to study dose-response curves of antiviral agents. For the liver model, we are also in the process of generating a multi cell type model to be used for the study of hepatic pathogens. In addition, bioprinting has successfully been used to create tumor models that allow to study tumor characteristics in a human tumor microenvironment. The model was used to investigate the efficiency and specificity of anticancer drugs. Interestingly, most new approach methods (NAMs) developed to replace animal model make use of multiple animal components, such as fetal calve serum, basal membrane extracts, gelatin, and collagen. We recommend the development of alternative strategies to produce fully xeno-free models.
Berg, J.; Hiller, T.; Kissner, M.S.; Qazi, T.; Duda, G.N.; Hocke, A.C.; Hippenstiel, S.; Elomaa, L.; Weinhart, M.; Fahrenson, C.; Kurreck, J. (2018) Optimization of cell-laden bioinks for 3D bioprinting and efficient infection with influenza A Virus. Sci. Rep. 8, 13877.
Hiller, T.; Berg, J.; Elomaa, L.; Röhrs, V.; Ullah, I.; Schaar, K.; Dietrich, A. C.; Al-Zeer, M. A.; Kurtz, A.; Hocke, A. C.; Hippenstiel, S.; Fechner, H.; Weinhart, M.; Kurreck, J. (2018) Generation of a 3D liver model comprising human extracellular matrix in an alginate-gelatin-based bioink by extrusion bioprinting for infection and transduction studies. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19, 3129.
Berg, J.; Kurreck, J. (2021) Clean Bioprinting - Fabrication of 3D Organ Models Devoid of Animal Components. ALTEX 38, 269-288.
Berg, J.; Weber, Z.; Fechler-Bitteti, M.; Hocke, A. C.; Hippenstiel, S.; Elomaa, L.; Weinhart, M.; Kurreck, J. (2021) Bioprinted Multi-Cell Type Lung Model for the Study of Viral Inhibitors. Viruses 13, 1590.
Wu, D.; Berg, J.; Arlt, B.; Röhrs, V.; Al-Zeer, M. A.; Deubzer, H. E.; Kurreck, J. (2021) Bioprinted Cancer Model of Neuroblastoma in a Renal Microenvironment as an Efficiently Applicable Drug Testing Platform. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 23, 122.
The human-made climate crisis is undoubtedly the major global challenge of our time. While scientific discoveries play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of the climate crisis, research in itself is also energy- and resource intensive and thereby drives its progression. Daily routine operations like the use of single-use plastics or high-throughput computing as well as traveling to conferences contribute to a significantly higher environmental footprint of researchers compared to other professions.
In our talk, we will introduce the challenges of transforming laboratory-based research towards sustainability by highlighting the hurdles and successes that led to our workplace becoming certified as the first green lab in Germany. Therein, we will try to offer simple actions and solutions that every lab researcher can integrate into their day-to-day work routines and are looking forward to opening a discussion platform about your personal experiences.
Dr. Kristin Eichhorn (#ichbinhanna)
Pfrof. Dr. Blanche Schwappach-Pignataro (Dean UKE)
Dr. Marc-Oliver Hinzelin (GEW)
Workshops and Sightseeing
At our symposium you can not only watch exciting scientific and industrial lectures, but you can also participate in workshops. However, not all workshop participants will be able to attend, so we will have to split you up. Please register for the workshop you are interested in and would like to participate in. Please understand that you may not get your workshop. the registration for workshops will only be open for a short time so that we can complete the organization of the workshops as soon as possible after receiving your registration and let you know if your registration was successful.
The registration will open 15.07.2022!
Registrated participants will get an email with registration options.
If you are interested in our beautiful city hamburg, you can take part in a city tour (planned and organized by our group members). The city tours will take place on saturday afternoon. We can offer you a "Lichterbarkassen" ride on friday evening as our treat for all participants. This is free for everyone. nevertheless, we ask that you sign up if you want to take part, so we know how many we can count on.
On saturday evening you have the possibility to choose what you want to see in hamburg. You can participate in a neighborhood tour (number of participants is limited) or explore the neighborhood by yourself. Furthermore you have the possibility to go to our annual "Sommer-Dom" or to our light shows in "Planten un Blomen".
In this workshop, you will get to know the jGBM's sustainability working group and its Green lab poster. Together you will discuss the pros and cons of green lab measures from different positions. In an elevator pitch, you will practice presenting your position to superiors and colleagues. In addition, you can immerse yourself in the work of the working group with the team designing "Turn me off" stickers.
Lernt bei diesem Workshop die AG Nachhaltigkeit der jGBM und ihr Green lab-Plakat kennen. Gemeinsam werdet ihr die Vor- und Nachteile der Maßnahmen in grünen Laboren aus verschiedenen Positionen diskutieren. Im Elevator Pitch übt ihr, Vorgesetzten und Kolleg:innen eure Position nahezubringen. Außerdem könnt ihr in die Arbeit der AG eintauchen mit dem Team „Schalte mich aus"-Sticker designen.
Synthetic biology will contribute to solving many of the challenges facing our society today. The responsible handling of inherent research risks is essential for the safe use of these technologies. When assessing the risk of any research project, many scientific and technical as well as social and political aspects must be taken into account. Accept the challenge and put yourself in the position of researchers who develop a new research design. Work out various security-related aspects of the research project and defend your project at a simulated press conference!
Die synthetische Biologie wird bei vielen Herausforderungen unserer heutigen Gesellschaft einen Beitrag zur Problemlösung liefern. Dabei ist der verantwortungsvolle Umgang mit inhärenten Forschungsrisiken essential für die sichere Anwendung dieser Technologien. Bei der Risikobewertung eines jeden Forschungsprojekts müssen viele naturwissenschaftlich-technische, aber auch soziale und politische Aspekte beachtet werden. Nehmt die Herausforderung an und versetzt Euch in die Position der Forschenden, die ein neues Projekt entwerfen. Arbeitet verschiedene sicherheitsrelevante Aspekte des Forschungsprojekts heraus und verteidigt Euer Projekt auf einer simulierten Pressekonferenz!
Dr. Sabine Bischoff
Leitung der Stabsstelle Tierschutz
The workshop is divided into three thematic blocks:
- Short introduction to the current animal protection law after the change of the law in December 2021 - What do I have to consider as a performer of animal experiments?
- Dealing with surplus laboratory animals - Together we will work on further ideas for a possible approach to the solution!
- Transparency and error culture in animal experimental research - What do I gain from being transparent about my work? How do I deal with undesired incidents?
Der Workshop ist in drei Themenblöcke gegliedert:
- Kurze Einführung ins aktuelle Tierschutzrecht nach Gesetzesänderung im Dezember 2021 - Was muss ich beachten als Durchführender von Tierversuchen?
- Umgang mit überschüssigen Versuchstieren – Gemeinsam arbeiten wir an weiteren Ideen für einen möglichen Ansatz zur Lösung!
- Transparenz und Fehlerkultur in der tierexperimentellen Forschung – Was hab ich davon, transparent über meine Arbeit zu sprechen? Wie gehe ich mit unerwünschten Vorkommnissen um?
Tour guide: Felix
Have you been to Hamburg already several times? In this case, this tour might be attractive for you.
We will start at the University of Hamburg and go through the University-Medical Center to the north part of the town. In doing so, we will stop at different locations where you are introduced to the research in Hamburg and can test your scientific knowledge in a small quiz. I guarantee you that we will have fun together!
Max. 10-15 people
Ihr habt Hamburg bereits mehrere Male besucht und kennt die typischen Sehenswürdigkeiten? Dann ist dieses Nachmittagsprogramm vielleicht etwas für euch.
Gemeinsam geht es von der staatlichen Universität und über das Universitätsklinikum in den Hamburger Norden. Dabei machen wir an verschiedenen naturwissenschaftlich-relevanten Punkten halt und ihr selbst könnt euer Allgemeinwissen in einem kleinen Quiz testen. Ich kann euch einen spaßigen Nachmittag garantieren!
Max. 10-15 Personen
Tour guide: Lena
Above the WATER and under the EARTH, we will explore Hamburg’s famous harbour, and, in the end, we will enjoy a FIREY hot coffee in WINDY hights.
This tour will lead you under the Elbe through the old Elbe tunnel and continues on the Elbe ferry boats along the container harbour all the way to the Elbe beach and back. In the end we will visit the observation deck of the Elbphilharmonie, which we will reach via Europe’s longest curved escalator.
The language of the tour will be chosen depending on the participants’ wishes (Ger/Eng).
Auf dem WASSER und unter der ERDE erkunden wir gemeinsam Hamburgs weltbekannten Hafen und genießen zum Abschluss einen FEURIG heißen Kaffee in LUFTIGER Höhe.
Diese Tour führt euch unter der Elbe durch den alten Elbtunnel und auf den Elbfähren weiter am Containerhafen entlang zum Elbstrand und wieder zurück. Den Abschluss bildet die Aussichtsplattform der Elbphilharmonie, welche wir über Europas längste gewölbte Rolltreppe erreichen werden.
Die Sprache richtet sich nach dem Bedürfnis der Teilnehmenden (De/En).
In Hamburg's unique nightlife, it's easy to lose track of what's going on. Especially if you're a visitor or a newcomer to Hamburg. The party guides of the Pub & Club Tour provide a remedy, guiding you for an evening through popular clubs on and around the Reeperbahn. Old-established Hamburgers can perhaps still get to know the one or other insider tip. By the way, there's no queuing at the clubs on the tour, because as a participant you're automatically on the guest list. In addition, one drink per club is included. The tour includes the following locations: Club Hamburg, Peggy Sue, Quer Club, Shooter's, Safari Bierdorf. The clubs can also be visited several times.
Since we are visiting different locations, it is important to follow a certain dress code. That means no shorts, no light-colored sneakers, no flip-flops.
Bachelor parties should also please refrain from belly flops or similar. Flashy "collective clothing" should also be avoided.
Note: Admission to bars and clubs is decided by the doormen of the individual locations. The admission criteria such as degree of alcoholization, clothing style and appearance still apply. There is no right to a refund if the participants are denied entry due to too much alcohol, wrong style of dress or bad behavior.
- Price: 20 Euro
- Dates: Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.
- Duration: about 3.5 hours
- Meeting point: Große Freiheit / directly at Beatlesplatz
- Note: Minimum age 18 years
Im einzigartigen Hamburger Nachtleben kann man schon einmal den Überblick verlieren. Vor allem als Besucher oder frisch zugezogener Hamburger. Für Abhilfe sorgen die Partyguides der Pub & Club-Tour, die einen Abend lang durch angesagte Clubs auf und an der Reeperbahn führen. Alteingesessene Hamburger können dabei vielleicht noch den einen oder andere Geheimtipp kennenlernen. Bei der Tour entfällt übrigens das Anstehen an den Clubs, da man als Teilnehmer automatisch auf der Gästeliste steht. Zudem ist ein Drink pro Club inklusive. Zur Tour gehören folgende Locations: Club Hamburg, Peggy Sue, Quer Club, Shooter's, Safari Bierdorf. Die Clubs können auch mehrmals besucht werden.
Da wir verschiedene Locations besuchen, ist es wichtig, einen gewissen Dresscode einzuhalten. Das heißt: keine Shorts, keine hellen Turnschuhe, keine Flip-Flops.
Junggesellenabschiede sollten bitte zudem auf Bauchläden oder Ähnliches verzichten. Auffällige "Kollektivbekleidung" sollten ebenfalls vermieden werden.
Hinweis: Über den Einlass in die Bars und Clubs entscheiden die Türsteher der einzelnen Locations. Es gelten weiterhin die Einlasskriterien wie Grad der Alkoholisierung, Kleidungsstil und Auftreten. Es besteht kein Anspruch auf Rückvergütung falls den Teilnehmern/innen der Einlass aufgrund von zu viel Alkohol, falschem Kleidungsstil oder schlechtem Benehmen verwehrt wird.
- Preis: 20 Euro
- Termine: Samstags um 22:30 Uhr
- Dauer: zirka 3,5 Stunden
- Treffpunkt: Große Freiheit / direkt auf dem Beatlesplatz
- Hinweis: Mindestalter 18 Jahre
We are very pleased to announce that the summer symposium will take place in person again. Nevertheless, the pandemic isn’t over yet. In order to make the Summer Symposium an unforgettable memory for everyone, we would like to point out once again that our event will take place under 2G conditions, and we ask you to test yourselves daily in the morning, but at least before the start of the event via Corona quick test. As we know, the rapid tests are very late with the current variant. If you feel ill, we ask you to consider whether a negative test is sufficient for participation. In addition, the wearing of FFP2 masks in the building is mandatory.
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