The two scientists Katharina Siems (left) und Luisa Becher (right) in the lab.
Half an hour brainstorming, one minute sales pitch of the ideas in front of scientists and industrialists. This was the task both DLR employees Katharina Siems and Luisa Becher had to fulfill when they attended the Deutsche Biotechnologietage (German Biotechnology Conference) 2019. The two space microbiologists won first and second prize for their start up ideas concerning a “food refresher” and a “thickener for water-bound road surfaces”. Katharina Siems is now looking forward to a start up seminar that takes place in May in Berlin. Luisa Becher got the book Homo Deus - a Brief History of Tomorrow by the Israeli author Yuval Harari. The conference took place in Würzburg, Germany. The agenda included many interesting lectures about microbiome, synthetic metabolic pathways or artificial intelligence and the future of biotechnology.
The two scientists work in the Radiobiology Department of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine and are part of the Space Microbiology group as master students.