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Invitation for EcoArt Day 2019, Sparkling Science

We would like to invite you to the 2nd EcoArt Day at the Botanical Garden!

When: 25.06.2018, 18:00
Where: Botanical Garden
Who: Everyone of all age is welcome!

For more information, please read the official invitation!


5th Theodor Escherich Symposium (08.-09.11.2018)

We are proud to announce the 5th Theodor Escherich & 2nd AMICI Joint Symposium on medical microbiome research.
The symposium will host international experts in the field and should foster the medical perspective of microbiome research.

 Confirmed speakers:

  • Paul O'Toole (University College Cork Cork, Ireland)
  • Ruth Schmitz-Streit (University of Kiel, Germany)
  • Alexander Loy (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • Julia Drewes (Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA)
  • Josberg Keller (NDFB, The Netherlands)
  • Mahmoud Ghannoum (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Eva Pferschy-Wenzig (University of Graz, Austria)
  • Leo van Overbeek (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
  • Dror Minz (Agricultural Research Organization ARO, Israel) 
  • Lise Korsten (University of Pretoria, South Africa) 
  • Ina Bergheim (University of Vienna, Austria) 
  • Doris Marko (University of Vienna, Austria) 
  • Michael Schloter (Technical University of Munich, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany)
  • Gabriele Berg (Technical University of Graz, Austria)


Date: 8th (full day)- 9th (half day) November 2018


 Deadline for abstract submission (oral and poster abstracts): September 30th 2018

 We are looking forward to welcoming you in Graz!

Invitation for EcoArt Day 2018, Sparkling Science

We would like to invite you to the EcoArt Day and
the “Science meets Art” exhibition in the Haus der Wissenschaft 2018!

When: 14.06.2018, 18:00-21:00
Where: Haus der Wissenschaft, Elisabethstraße 27, 8010 Graz
Who: Everyone of all age is welcome!

For more information, please read the official invitation!

19th DocDay (09.02.2018)

The Doctoral School of Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology invites you to the 19th DocDay.

It will be held this Friday (09.02.2018), starting at 08:45 am at TU Graz (Hörsaal H, Kopernikusgasse 24). Please find attached the program for the upcomping DocDay.

We are looking forward to welcome you at the DocDay!

The organising committee

Jelena, Julian, Katharina, Melanie, and Sami​

Open PostDoc position on "The indoor & plant microbiome"

We are offering a PostDoc position in Environmental Biotechnology at TU Graz (Austria) for two years starting March 1st 2018. The key tasks will be to manage and to carry through the research project "The indoor & plant microbiome: understanding its diversity for human health" (Follow the link for more detailed information).


New press release: "Germfree hatching-eggs: a natural alternative to formaldehyde" (16.10.17)

We made it into the news again! Check out the article about the project "germfree hatching-eggs". You can find the article following this link.

4th Theodor Escherich Symposium (12.-13.10.2017)

It is our pleasure to announce the 4th Theodor Escherich Symposium on Medical Microbiome Research.

 Confirmed speakers:

Angela Sessitsch (Boku Wien, Austria)

Kornelia Smalla (Julius Kühn-Institut Braunschweig, Germany)

Leo van Overbeek (University Wageningen, The Netherlands)

Adam Schikora (Julius Kühn-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany)

Jose Luiz Martinez (CNB Madrid, Spain)

Itzhak Mizrahi (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel)

And Fredrik Bäckhed (University of Göteborg, Sweden)


Date: October 12th and 13th 2017 (1.5 days)


 Deadline for abstract submission (oral and poster abstracts): September 6th 2017

 We are looking forward to welcoming you in Graz!

Open topic for master thesis! (NEW, Feb. 2017)

We are looking for a motivated student for our master thesis topic

"Bioprospecting metagenomes for bioactive volatiles".

For more information please read the info letter.

Please contact: Melanie-Maria Obermeier; melanie.obermeiernoSpam@acib.at

Phone: +43 316 873 4317


Master thesis in Environmental Biotechnology

We are looking for a master student interested in Biotechnology, Microbiology and Plant Sciences for our project funded by the Austrian Development Agency:  

Healthy seedling systems for safer, more productive vegetables in East Africa

For more information please read the information letter.

Our research on the spotlight! (30.05.16)

Check out our new article released at "die Presse". Find the article at DiePresse.com.

(Text in German only)

"Innovations in plant-microbe interaction and plant protection" (31.05.16)

There will be a fascinating workshop on the topic "Innovations in plant-microbe interaction and plant protection". It will take place at June 6th Open TU Graz, Petersgasse 12, 8010 Graz.

For more information, please follow this link.

From the TU lab to the Austrian state awards! (06.04.16)

The company Ortner Reinraumtechnik GmbH won the Austrian state award for innovation "ECONOVIUS 2016" for small and medium sized companies during this year's Innovation Awards in Vienna (29th March 2016). The price was awarded for their innovative development of a new process that avoids the spreading or carry over of germs (pathogens), the so called PDc Technology (Photodynamic Disinfection Certified Technology).

The starting idea for the development of this technology was launched within an interdisciplinary project of the RCPE, where 3 institutes of the TU Graz worked together under coordination of Prof. Gabriele Berg (Institute of Process and Particle Engineering, Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Institute of Environmental Biotechnology).

For more information contact:

Gabriele Berg; gabriele.bergnoSpam@tugraz.at

The technology:  http://www.ortner-group.com

Welcome to our new laboratory technicians: Tanja and Tobi! (11.03.16)

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After 3,5 years of hard work, Tanja Nottendorfer and Tobija Glawogger successfully accomplished their apprenticeship as laboratory technicians and today (March 11, 2016) we celebrated on their behalf!

We wish them all the best on their future work! See all the pictures here.

New school-project proposal! (06.02.16)

In this link you will find more information on the project.









New publications on the highly restricted indoor environments of spacecraft assembly cleanrooms! (07.10.15)

In our new publications we could determine the source of microbial dispersal inside a cleanroom facility of the Airbus Defence and Space Division (the former European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company) and revealed the viable microbiome of the rare cleanroom biosphere at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Moissl-Eichinger C, Auerbach AK, Probst AJ, Mahnert A, Tom L, Piceno Y, et al. (2015). Quo vadis? Microbial profiling revealed strong effects of cleanroom maintenance and routes of contamination in indoor environments. Sci Rep 5:9156.


Mahnert A, Vaishampayan P, Probst AJ, Auerbach A, Moissl-Eichinger C, Venkateswaran K, et al. (2015). Cleanroom Maintenance Significantly Reduces Abundance but Not Diversity of Indoor Microbiomes. PLoS One 10:e0134848.


Your houseplants will alter your microbiome at home… (07.10.15)

Check out our recent publications about the interaction of the phyllosphere associated microbiome of plants and the microbiome of the built environment (including links which summarize our study and give an outlook of upcoming research in this topic).

Berg G, Mahnert A, Moissl-Eichinger C. (2014). Beneficial effects of plant-associated microbes on indoor microbiomes and human health? Front Microbiol 5:1–5.


Mahnert A, Moissl-Eichinger C, Berg G. (2015). Microbiome interplay: plants alter microbial abundance and diversity within the built environment. Front Microbiol 6:1–11.



For more information see the links below:



   click on “Gesundheit” on the right side of the page.

New publication! (06.10.15)

Bauermeister A, Mahnert A, Auerbach A, Böker A, Flier N, Weber C, et al. (2014). Quantification of encapsulated bioburden in spacecraft polymer materials by cultivation-dependent and molecular methods. PLoS One 9:e94265. You can get the publication here.


Press release in "Die Presse" (02.10.15)

The austrian newspaper "Die Presse" published on the 02.10.2015 an article about our instituts spin-off Roombiotic. Check it out: article of "Die Presse"

Winner of the „Fast Forward Award 2015“ (16.09.15)

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We are very proud to announce that our acib team (Austrian center of Industrial Biotechnology) with Key Researcher Prof. Gabriele Berg won the prestigious „Fast Forward Award 2015“ in the category „Institutions of applied R&D“!

The winning project led by Dr. Christin Zachow entitled „Leibwächter für Bio-Pflanzen” (eng.: bio-plant bodyguards) has a focus on bioprospecting microorganisms for advanced biocontrol strategies. Within the frame of the nomination the ORF team (Austrian broadcasting) recorded a 1-min introduction into the project (link to FFA ceremony).

Here you find some impressions of the award ceremony: link to FFA gallery