As of January 2020, Lukas A. Huber, the President of ÖGMBT, will take office as Vice-President of VWGÖ, the Federation of AusFoto Lukas Huber140x190trian Scientific Societies. The VWGÖ includes 220 scientific societies across all disciplines (Law, Economy & Social Sciences, Medicine & Pharmacy, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Basic and Integrative sciences, Fine Arts, Agriculture & Forestry, Theology etc.) representing 30.000 scientists.

The VWGÖ was founded following World War II in order to revive the scientific community in Austria. Politics, industry and commerce and the broader public needed to be convinced that the foundation of scientific societies is indispensable for progress.

Today the awareness raising and lobbying activities are needed more than ever, given shrinking public budgets for science. It was from this background, that the ÖGMBT took the strategic decision to nominate its President Lukas Huber, as Vice-President of VWGÖ.



Protest against Central Bank “Jubiläumsfonds” to be reserved only for economic research.

An example of a recent initiative: since centuries the ÖNB (Austrian Central Bank) has a “Jubiläumsfonds/Jubilee Fund” which annually allocated 6 Million €uro for scientific research of all disciplines and was thus a pillar for research funding. End 2019 the ÖNB announced that it would henceforth only fund projects that are relevant to the “Central Bank, fiscal policy, stability of finance markets, investment strategies etc.” The VWGÖ strongly voiced its concern against this announcement of ÖNB and involved the press. Not only did the press print the protest, but various other media constantly asked the OeNB about it. Georg Sachs, editor-in-chief of Chemiereport/Austrian Life Sciences, who recently published a very good article in the new Chemiereport, was particularly persistent. Irrespective of the OeNB's adherence to the decision, we will continue to act in the interest of our members.

– see Chemie Report 8/2019 Pp 42/43

For more info about VWGÖ visit http://vwgoe.at/

FEMS Affiliates Letter December 2019

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:54

The FEMS Affiliates Letter is out! Read the December issue includiung news, grants, microbiology research, scientific events, job opportunities, and more...
We want to highlight especially the FEMS Summer School for Postdocs 2020, which is now Open to Applicants.


01.01.2020    Research and Training Grants
24.01.2020    FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Travel Award for Early Career Scientists
01.03.2020    FEMS-Jensen Award
01.03.2020    Meeting Attendance Grants
10.03.2020    FEMS-Lwoff Award

The ÖGMBT has a very wide international network and is a member of several relevant scientific societies like FEMS. ÖGMBT members are automatically members of these societies and are entitled to benefits such as travel grants, short-term and long-term fellowships, Awards etc. Current CALLS and Deadlines are published on our webpage and are sent to our members within the ÖGMBT newsletter.

Further info: https://www.oegmbt.at/ueber-uns/internationales


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.