Children's University starts with an insight into the diversity of the soil

Andreas Richter standing with some participants of the Children's University

The Children's University programme started on Monday, 11 July, with a lecture on “Invisible diversity: on life in soil”: Andreas Richter, supported by Hannes Schmidt, introduced children aged 7 to 12 to the ecosystem soil. The children learned about the characteristics of this soil diversity and how climatic conditions shape this ecosystem and the organisms living there. Live on site, Hannes Schmidt offered insights into soil samples under the microscope.

The opening lecture was a prelude to a broad programme in which numerous Viennese educational and research institutions are participating. For a fortnight, children can take part in lectures, workshops and seminars specifically prepared for them in various research and subject areas.

The gallery below shows some impressions from the opening event of the Children's University.

photos ©: Kinderbüro der Universität Wien/APA-Fotoservice/Lusser