This was the Max Planck Day in Münster

Science market: information at first hand

September 15, 2018

At Max Planck Day, September 14th 2018, various events took place in 32 cities in Germany. At the MPI in Münster, the entrance hall was transformed into a science market place with various market booths. The open program offered curious people the opportunity to talk to employees of the institute and gain information at first hand.

The entrance hall of our Max Planck Institute in Münster was transformed into a market place with various booths. Each booth displayed a different aspect of our science and our institute: How does one become a scientist? What does it mean to be a scientist? What is a PhD? What is a postdoc? What are the research topics? What animal models are used and why? What do alternatives to animal experiments offer?

In the morning, two groups of school students visited us. They heard the talk "Can we make human brains?" of Dr. Jan Bruder with great interest and asked many good questions. Not only the talk, but also the booths offered the students a direct link to the things they learn at school. Also they got to know what other aspects are associated with science and that we offer vocational training as well. Also, the teachers were thankful for this opportunity.

In the afternoon, we opened our science market for the general public. During our Max Planck Day, the visitors could hear eligible talks every half an hour. The talks were given by Ellen Casser, Steffen Israel, Benjamín Hernández Rodríguez, Quirze Rovira Castellà, Guillermo Luxán, Jonas Stewen, Maryna Samus, Jan Bruder, Henrik Renner, Niraimathi Govindasamy, Martin Weiss, Denise Teber, Markus Wilkens und Puneet Sharma - all young scientists.

Numerous persons attended one or also more than one talk, which were offered alternating in German and English. Young students and those who want to become one (from near and far), interested laymen of various ages and friends and acquaintances of our employees - they all had plenty of opportunity to talk to us scientists, technical assistants, animal care takes and administrative staff and were delighted to be able to obtain information at first hand.

Our conclusion: it was a very nice and successful event on which we could show: „We are Max Planck!“

And why did we celebrate the Max Planck Day? Well, in April 2018, it was the 160th birthday of Max Planck, exactly 100 years ago, he received the Nobelprize for Physics and 70 years ago, the Max Planck Society was founded.

Questions change the world - the campaign #wonachsuchstdu

The physicist Max Planck asked question that set the world into motion. His scientific heritage, the quantum physics, has changed physics, raised many new questions and enabled the most modern technologies. aimed (and still aims) at all who are interested in science and generally all curious persons: #wonachsuchstdu prompts all visitors to ask their own questions on the research themes of the Max Planck Society. Also, the Max Planck Institutes present their own questions that they deal with.

Here you will find the questions that we asked:

And here you will also find the answers (in German): wonachsuchstdu in Münster.

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