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14th & 15th September 2018: Max Planck Day & Open Day on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen


Tübingen, 28 August 2018. The Max Planck Institutes for Developmental Biology, for Biological Cybernetics and for Intelligent Systems and the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory present themselves to the public: The scientists at the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen are offering all interested parties to gain insight into current research and work at the institutes. For two days, tours, exhibitions, hands-on activities and lectures will array on genetics, evolution, virtual reality, brain research and artificial intelligence.

Max Planck Day: 14 September 2018

On September 14th, the Max Planck Society celebrates three anniversaries with a Germany-wide Max Planck Day: the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the MPG, the 160th birthday of Max Planck and the 100th anniversary of his Nobel Prize award. The Max Planck Day is a major science festival and is aimed for people interested in research and anyone else who is curious. With the Max Planck Day, all institutes of the Max Planck Society simultaneously address the public to present their research and thus show how diverse and exciting the spectrum of the Max Planck Society is. Read more about it here.

Therefore, a symposium on artificial intelligence and society will be held at the Max Planck Campus in Tübingen. In the evening, the local institutes invite you to a science-slam: Scientists from each Institute present their research in short and entertaining slots, moderated by the comedian and television presenter Helge Thun.

In the later evening the campus will be fully illuminated: Several selected buildings are highlighted with artificial light projections and staged with reference to Max Planck and science. This creates atmospheric lighting accents on the grounds of the event. The highlight will be a 5 m high, head-shaped sculpture illuminated from the inside. This sculpture will show pictures and sequences dealing with science in general, the Max Planck Society in particular and the various fields of research on the campus. At a get-together our guests have the opportunity to meet the scientists, discuss their research, but also to wine down!

Please find more information on the campus webpage.

Open House: 15 September 2018

Our scientists on the campus open their laboratories from 2 pm to 6 pm. How did the basic building blocks of life come about? How differently does a plant like Arabidopsis develop in different regions? How do researchers observe evolution? A look at the laboratories of the Institute of Developmental Biology will focus on these questions. At the Institute for Biological Cybernetics visitors can dive into virtual worlds, watch impressive motion simulators and explore the interaction of the senses. Visitors can also marvel at huge magnetic resonance tomographs. The new building of the Institute for Intelligent Systems opens its laboratories for robotics and computer vision. Experience the robots in action as well as the current research and experiments around avatars!

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus: There are a multitude of activities for all walks of life, also a colorful children's programme and culinary delicacies from all over the world are offered.