DNO Bonn 2018: a second year of success for participants and organizers

On the 17th of March, Life&Brain Center welcomed for a 2nd time the regional DNO Bonn competition, which was accompanied by a wintry day this year. And although it was cold outside, we all enjoyed a warm atmosphere filled by the cheers of our 43 enthusiastic participants. Definitely, it was not an easy task passing through all the rounds of the competition, and pressure was high, but nonetheless and most importantly the mood was good as we all shared our enthusiasm for science.

Our winners and their curiosity
Among our young competitors we got the three winners of the regional DNO Bonn 2018. These are Merle Göben from Aloisiuskolleg Bonn (3rd place), who makes it to the finals for a second time, Jasmin Ross from Gymnasium am Stefansberg Gymnasium in Merzig (2nd place), and this year’s 1st place winner Jil Trampert from Gymnasium Hermeskeil in Rheinlandpfalz.

Family and relatives working in the field of neuroscience are among the reasons which woke their initial curiosity in the field and all of them have keen interest in pursuing a career in neuroscience and biology. Jil’s dream is to become a doctor, specializing in neurosurgery, so the DNO was a chance for her to show her aptitude for the field. We most heartily wish them success in these future endeavors!

A balanced life, full of connections
But don’t think that these girls spend all their time over the neurobiology books, in fact they have really interesting and different hobbies, including playing the piano, saxophone, and even horseback riding. When we asked them what they enjoyed the most about the event, Jil said ‘’I think the best thing about the DNO is definitely the people, I think people are always the best thing about trips or events, because your connections are what makes it worth taking part in such a competition.’’ We agree with you Jil and want to thank you, all participants, and guests to this year’s DNO for making this day so special!

Editor: Kristel Lagunas

Author: Vesselina Semkova
PCR team, DNO-Bonn
Vesselina is a phD student in the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, University of Bonn. Working in the field of stem cell research and neurobiology with an emphasis on regulation of cellular redox mechanisms, she has keen interest in mind and body ‘’hacking’’ nutrition and life style. In her free time she enjoys sports, cooking and travelling. She loves the idea of spreading awareness to the importance of science and waking up the interest of it in young people, so she became a part of DNO Bonn when it was established back in 2016.