International Microorganism Day 2021 marked with the digital exhibition Pet Microorganisms

In order to mark the 5th edition of the International Microorganism Day, celebrated on September 17, 2021, the digital exhibition PET MICROORGANISMS ( was inaugurated. The exhibition was jointly organized by the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Faculty of Pharmacy, and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra, Vasco da Gama University School, and Exploratório Centro Ciência Viva de Coimbra.

“At a time when there is a microorganism marking the daily life of our society, we wanted to dedicate the International Microorganism Day to the microorganisms that are the daily lives of researchers in microbiology and that make up their world. Microorganisms are unseen but they are everywhere, and each of us carries more than 100 million of them. We know very little about microorganisms, but we know that we can learn a lot from them, in order to face future challenges in terms of public health, environmental protection, and agri-food production.”

In this digital exhibition, you can contemplate photographs of microorganisms in a Petri dish and listen to the researchers’ testimony about each chosen microorganism. You can visit the exhibition wherever you are and see isolated microorganisms from all over the world.

Coordination and organization:

Paula V. Morais & Environmental Microbiology Group, Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra

Gabriela Silva, Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Coimbra

Teresa Gonçalves, Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra

Sofia Anastácio e Eduarda Silveira, Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama

Paulo Trincão, Catarina Reis e Aurora Moreira, Exploratório Centro Ciência Viva de Coimbra