A mobile biotechnology laboratory will be created at the initiative of the University of Tartu
On Friday, 11 October at 10.00, a science day of a leading science company Thermo Fisher Scientific takes place in Estonia in OMICUM atrium (Riia 23b), where the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of the company Klaus Lindpaintner speaks about the role of innovative technologies in science and society. At 12.00, the Rector of the University of Tartu Professor Volli Kalm and Vice President of Thermo Fisher Scientific Klaus Lindpaintner conclude a contract of a mobile biotechnology laboratory project, which aims at promoting science at the University of Tartu.
On the science day that starts at 10.00, different lectures handling the topics from biomarkers to analysing water can be visited. The main performer of the seminar programme is the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Thermo Fisher Scientific Klaus Lindpaintner, who will open the seminar programme with a lecture that handles the role of innovative technologies in science and society. On the science day, the most up-to-date technologies and scientific work solutions will be presented.
At 12.00, the rector of the University of Tartu Professor Volli Kalm and Vice President of Thermo Fisher Scientific Klaus Lindpaintner will conclude a contract of a mobile biotechnology laboratory project for the University of Tartu. The aim of the project is to introduce life sciences to schoolchildren and increase their interest in the field of biotechnology. During the project, a mobile laboratory will be created, which is used for driving around in Estonia and visiting schools. During school visits, students can carry out different tests, listen to lectures and hear about the achievements of the disciplines belonging to the field of life sciences.
According to Rector Professor Volli Kalm, the cooperation contract serves as an excellent example of the multilevelness of the role of the university. The Rector clarifies the importance of the project: "This cooperation initiative combines a world-level company who wishes to contribute into the popularisation of science, the university's public responsibility for developing our posterity and the knowledge and skills of the experts of the university."
The director of the Science School of the University of Tartu Viire Sepp is also content with the fact that the mobile laboratory will be created: "In a modern world, when a game without picture and sound is not considered a real game, teachers must work even harder to get the attention of children. With a mobile biotechnological laboratory, young scientists can also give their contribution and bring even more children to real sciences. They can show how exciting and multicoloured life around us is and how enthralling science can be. We do hope that in a couple of years the number of biotechnology students at the University of Tartu also increases."
Thermo Fisher Scientific is a leading science company with 39,000 employees, which offers products for pharmacological and biotechnology companies, hospitals and clinical laboratories, universities, science centres and different industries.
Annely Allik, Manager of Communication of the Estonian Genome Center, tel: +372 737 4037, +372 502 9970, e-mail: annely.allik [ät] ut.ee.