A European activity day on stem cell research took place on March 17, 2017. Germany took part in UniStemDay for the second time. Nationwide coordination was carried out by the German Stem Cell Network, while the Stem Cell Network NRW took care of the organization in North Rhine-Westphalia. At a total of six locations in North Rhine-Westphalia /NRW), universities and institutes invited pupils from surrounding schools to learn about stem cell research and discuss it with scientists.
The aim of the UniStem Day is to deepen the knowledge on stem cell research taught at schools, to provide insights into research practice, and to arouse the curiosity of pupils.
This year, a total of nine university and non-university research institutions from the biomedical and ethical-legal-social science working group of the Stem Cell Network NRW joined this campaign in NRW.
There were more than 1,000 participants throughout Germany, more than 400 pupils were reached with this activity day in NRW alone.
Science Minister Svenja Schulze was impressed by the high number of participants: “The great interest shown by school pupils in the European UniStem Day 2017 shows that young people in North Rhine-Westphalia can be won over to topics and questions concerning the major social challenges. With their broad range of biomedical and socially relevant topics, stem cell researchers in NRW reach our junior staff at an early stage. Once again, the successful funding strategy in NRW for sustainability, interdisciplinarity, including the humanities and social sciences, and dissemination potential in an international context will be demonstrated.”
You can find the press reports (in German) about UniStem Day 2017 in NRW here: