Celebrating Diversity Together

On May 28, the Day of Diversity took place in Jena for the 11th time. With sunshine and good humor, we were able to set an example for a diverse urban society together with the many visitors in the city center.

Our JenaVersum stand with the “Diversity in Jena – the quiz” was a lot of fun for the many young and old visitors. Great teamwork and the many inspiring conversations made the day a special experience.

Under the motto: Join in and find out more about diversity in our city, together with our partners Welcome Center Jena, Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, Beutenberg Campus und Eine Welt Netzwerk Thüringen, we created an interactive quiz that was not only fun for visitors, but also provided important insights into social diversity and its contribution to science.

As network of the science and business location, JenaVersum  stands for open exchange and excellent research. Open-mindedness, internationality and collaboration between the best minds from all over the world are fundamental to success in research and science. That is why we are representing our network at the Day of Diversity and look forward to celebrating diversity together with so many others!

Matching@JenaVersum: successful networking on the topic of bioeconomy

Getting to know each other, exchange, sharing ideas and making plans – that was the first Matching@JenaVersum event, which took place on Monday, 27.05.2024 on the topic of bioeconomy.

As network, JenaVersum promotes exchange and interdisciplinarity. A matching event that brings together researchers from different institutions to common field of research is a perfect format for our network – especially in the forward-looking and interdisciplinary field of bioeconomy.

More than 30 experts from science and industry, representing disciplines such as microbiology, biotechnology, materials and nutritional sciences, law, sociology, innovation economics, biophotonics and (environmental) chemistry, presented their research in concise 3-minute pitches.

As a small culinary highlight, insect snacks were served during the break, which not only provided a topic of conversation, but also offered an insight into sustainable nutrition options. Afterwards, Dr. Michael Bär from the Thuringian Cluster Management of LEG gave an overview of the potential in the field of bioeconomy in Thuringia.

In the subsequent networking session, the participants exchanged project ideas at moderated themed tables and were able to make new contacts. In some cases, concrete projects and possible collaborations were also explored – across disciplines and sectors.

We are delighted with the positive feedback on the event and look forward to further activities with those involved.

Special thanks to the colleagues from the Research and Transfer Service Center of the Jena university and Nucleus for their support in organizing the event.