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Night of the Microbes - Winner of the Incredible Impacts 2020 Award

Night of the Microbes – the winning legacy programme

International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) won the Incredible Impacts Award with their “Night of the Microbes” legacy project that they implemented with their meeting in Leipzig in 2017. The challenges that ISME faced were:

  • microbial biology is a niche science, and
  • the wider population is unaware of the importance of the research as well as recent advances.

So they tried to come up with a fun and engaging way to create awareness of the public and educate them. 

ISME, together with their LOC and Leipzig community support, organised the “Night of the Microbes” - an education event that brought the “hottest” science concepts and research results to the public in a casual atmosphere along with music, German beer and a nice time together.  

ISME Legacy Programme at a glance

What is ISME planning to use their USD 7,500 grant for?

In Leipzig the LOC was gracious and fortunate enough to waive their LOC budget and use it for this public event. However, next time they are taking their meeting to Africa and their LOC will need all the funding they can get. They got so inspired by this initiative that would love to organise a similar event for local children, and ISME is planning to use their grant money to help them set this up. 

About the Incredible Impacts Programme

The Incredible Impacts Programme celebrates the “beyond tourism” value of international association meetings to create a powerful platform to advocate their positive societal impact. A panel of independent judges form the association world will determine which meetings have proven impact to award three grants of USD 7,500 on behalf of BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA. 

To read more about the Incredible Impacts Programme, see the past years’ winners and their legacy, and find out how to apply or nominate an association please visit our Incredible Impacts Page.