Our Max Planck Day in Pictures!

As part of “Max Planck Day” on September 14, 2018, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science co-organized a highly successful collaborative journalism project and science slam. Not content with holding events only in Berlin, the MPIWG's Research Scholar Jaromir Balcar also delivered a lecture on the history of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen.


“Nachwuchswissenschaftler treffen auf Nachwuchsjournalisten”

In cooperation with the MPI for Human Development, MPI for Molecular Genetics, and the Electronic Media School (ems) in Potsdam, this one-day event gave the opportunity for researchers and journalists to collaborate and exchange ideas. Junior researchers including Alexander Blum gave three short lectures—“Heisenberg and the Final Theory Program,” “RNA Polymerases: Translator of the Human Genome,” and “Transcriptome Sequencing of Individual Cells”—that were discussed from a journalistic perspective.

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Science Goes Stage! Science Slam

Predoctoral Fellow Teresa Hollerbach did a fantastic job of presenting her research on the Sanctorian Balance in a science slam in collaboration with several other Berlin-based Max Planck Institutes. The venue, Festsaal Kreuzberg Berlin, reached full capacity with members of the public and fellow researchers!

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What was Max Planck Day?

The legacy of physicist Max Planck changed quantum physics, paving the way for the development of new questions and cutting-edge technologies in physics more broadly. Today, at over 80 Max Planck Institutes, researchers of various disciplines continue to exceed the limits of our current knowledge: because, as Max Planck said, “knowledge must precede application.”

The year 2018 marks Planck’s 160th birthday; exactly 100 years ago, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics; and 70 years ago the Max Planck Society—Germany's most successful scientific organization—was founded. To celebrate, the Max Planck Institutes invited the public to take part in “Max Planck Day”—a series of events across Germany on September 14, 2018. Researchers posed open questions to serve as the driving forces behind their research. Events were aimed at anyone interested and curious to learn more; the hashtag #wonachsuchstdu encouraged all visitors to ask their own questions about Max Planck Society research!