A different kind of lesson: consumer health protection at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment - for young people

What is the difference between a hazard and a risk? What health risks do tattoos pose? Moreover, how is the intelligence of mice measured? Answers to these questions will be provided to students from the 10th grade onwards at the 3rd BfR Schools at University on October 7, 2022 in Berlin-Marienfelde. Exciting lectures will provide an insight into consumer health protection. The programme includes not only listening, but also participating in the discussions.  Students can ask questions - and BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel and BfR Vice President Professor Dr. Tanja Schwerdtle will answer them. "Whether it's about microplastics, e-cigarettes or the advantages and disadvantages of a vegan diet - the BfR’s work is diverse," says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. "We will be happy to answer any questions and look forward to raising awareness and interest in consumer health protection among young people."

Consumer health protection in practice: the 3rd BfR Schools at University offers students the opportunity to learn more about the institute and its research. In informative and entertaining lectures, BfR scientists present examples of health risks, which can be encountered in everyday life.

The 3rd BfR Schools at University will take place in the lecture hall at the BfR site in Berlin-Marienfelde, Diedersdorfer Weg 1, from 9 am until 12:15 pm. Afterwards, there will be the opportunity to visit the BfR open day with various booths on topics such as the risks of tattoos, the effects of energy drinks on the body or the advantages and/or disadvantages of a vegan diet. Furthermore, interested students can get information and advice about career opportunities at BfR at a booth.

Students in 10th grade and above can register by September 30, 2022 at akademie@bfr.bund.de. Participation is free of charge.

Further information and the program can be found online (in German):

About the BfR

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is a scientifically independent institution in the portfolio of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It advises the Federal Government and the federal states (“Länder”) on issues of food, chemical and product safety. The BfR conducts independent research on topics closely related to its assessment tasks.

This text version is a translation of the original German text, which is the only legally binding version.

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