The IKMB supported the IPN Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel in the selection of six members of the national team for the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2021. In Frankfurt am Main, the young people were mentored by a team from the IPN as well as by former IJSO award winners. They also provided the young talents with exciting insights into the academic and professional careers of the alumni: Florian Uellendahl-Werth (IKMB), for example, studied biochemistry in Kiel after his successful participation in the IJSO. As part of his PhD project, he helped analyse a large genome-wide study of the influence of genetic variants on the severity of COVID-19, which was one of the things he presented to the young people.
At the end of an eventful week, the most successful six talents were nominated for the national team at the awards ceremony. These are preparing for the international competition with the support of experienced mentors. In mid-December 2021, the team will participate together in the virtual and worldwide event. Around 350 students from 60 nations will take part in the international competition.
Prof. Dr. David Ellinghaus
Dr. Felicitas Niekiel, IPN - Leibniz-Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik