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Sabine Wollrab

In retrospect: IGB Open Day at Lake Stechlin

With a varied programme, IGB attracted more than 250 guests to the Open Day at the IGB site in Neuglobsow on the shores of Lake Stechlin on 1 July.

OPen Day at IGB in Neuglobsow. | Photo: IGB

Guests were taken by boat to the LakeLab on Lake Stechlin, where researchers were waiting on the floating platform to explain how the consequences of environmental change on lakes are studied.

In short scientific presentations, the interested audience learned about the research topics that have been investigated over the past ten years using the large-scale experimental facility, the LakeLab, how the water quality of Lake Stechlin has developed, and what changes can be expected in Lake Stechlin and lakes worldwide as a result of climate change. In addition, guided tours of the laboratory were offered.

Visitors could also get active: Microorganisms from the Stechlin were observed under a microscope via cameras and a screen. The temperature stratification of lakes was simulated and made visually tangible. Visitors could see measuring equipment in action, such as the multi-parameter probes, and watch live measurements from the Stechlin, as well as other measuring equipment. A stand provided information on light pollution and the ongoing project for insect-friendly street lighting in Neuglobsow.

The children had fun playing fishing games, making plankton and collecting stamps at the stands for a chance to win a book prize in the raffle. After a few days, they saw how important it is to wash your hands in order to protect yourself from bacteria, by seeing their own handprints on cell culture plates. Plankton organisms and fish were silkscreened onto T-shirts, which visitors could buy as souvenirs. For refreshment, there was coffee and cake baked by pupils and parents for the Theodor-Fontane-Schule Menz e.V. support association, as well as hearty grilled sausages.

"Lots of happy faces", the IGB team noted after the open day – and many interested citizens and guests from the neighbouring communities, who got an insight into the work of IGB in Neuglobsow and how and why the lakes in the surrounding area are researched by IGB.

Those who have missed this event in Neglobsow are cordially invited to our second Open Day, on 9 September in Berlin.

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