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Press Release No. 34 | 2 July 2015
The First DFG App: The Digital World of Microbes

Tablet Compendium on Infection Research / Up to Date, Entertaining, Interactive

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has presented its first German-language app for mobile devices at its annual press conference in Berlin. The “MenschMikrobe” app is an entertaining compendium based on scientific facts about infection research. "What are microbes? How do epidemics arise? How can we control infectious diseases?" - as well as answering questions like these, the app provides information about the natural role of the body flora, the surprising strategies of pathogens, the limits of antibiotic treatment and the social and historical aspects of infections.

The app is the interactive follow-up to the "MenschMikrobe" exhibition, jointly presented by the DFG and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which toured 15 cities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland between 2010 and 2014 with great success – over 130,000 visitors were registered. Like the exhibition the app is all about the fascinating relationship between humans and microbes, which are often seen merely as agents of disease.

The app reflects the complexity of this relationship with a wide range of multimedia content – animations, audio features, quizzes, a microbe glossary and interactive exhibits. Users can explore the history of infectious diseases on a three-dimensional globe. Lastly, the app provides an up-to-date insight into the latest infection research in DFG-funded research projects.

With an age-appropriate kids' area and special features for school pupils and teachers, the app is also suitable for the classroom. There are also other features specifically aimed at study and training. The DFG provides worksheets for classroom use and further information about infection research on its own website to accompany the app.

The MenschMikrobe app was developed with the assistance of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

Further information

The MenschMikrobe app is available now in the Apple App Store for tablets with iOS. An Android version will be available shortly on Google Play.

Download links and accompanying material are available at

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