Career orientation at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg

Current: Career orientation during Zukunftstag Day at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) as part of the nationwide Girls' Day initiative. Regulary, the doors of the MPI-IE will be open to interested girls to discover the exciting world of molecular biology and the professional field of a researcher.

The Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics regularly participates in the nationwide “Girls’ & Boys’ Day” initiative with a so-called Zukunftstag. On this day, schoolchildren from Freiburg and the surrounding area will be given an insight into the institute’s research topics and will be able to visit laboratories.

Research live

The key topics of the institute are Immunobiology and Epigenetics. To learn more about them and to understand how we research them, we put together a new and exciting program every year. In addition to smaller lectures about the institute and the work of a researcher in various areas of modern biology (DNA sequencing, bioinformatics, cell culture), the program includes laboratory visits (fly facility, microscopy). Knowledge already gained in school lessons, such as protein biosynthesis, the structure of the DNA, is playfully linked to the institute’s concrete research questions.But of course, students in grades 8 to 11 can also experiment on their own.

Experimenting yourself

In the in-house school laboratory, the students also practice experimenting themselves. Together with our researchers, plasmids are prepared, DNA is extracted from all kinds of fruit and vegetables, or even an electrophoresis is carried out. The aim: to get girls in particular interested in MINT professions and show them that working in basic biological research is fun and also offers exciting career prospects for women.

Former Girls’ and Boys’ Days

Zukunftstag 2020

March 26, 2020

The pipettes are calibrated, our fruit flies are taken out of the cold store to be ready in time for the Zukunftstag 2020 at the MPI in Freiburg / Due to the current corona risk situation, Girls' and Boys' Day 2020 unfortunately had to be cancelled. more

Zukunftstag 2019

March 28, 2019

Career orientation for Zukunftstag 2019 at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics as part of the nationwide Girls' Day & Boys' Day initiative. We will show you that experimenting and researching can not only be tricky, but also is really fun. more

Zukunftstag 2018

April 26, 2018

On April 26th, 2018 the MPI-IE open its doors to young adults, which are interested to visit the institute and want to learn more about the the exciting world of moderne molecular biology and the profession of a scientist in this field of research. more

Zukunftstag 2017

April 27, 2017

Zukunftstag 2017 at the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg not only provides an insight into the everyday work of a molecular biologist, but also provides practical insights into how a polymerase chain reaction takes place and how the researchers sequence DNA. more

Confocal microscopy, fruit flies & DNA - on the first Zukunftstag at the Freiburg MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, schoolchildren were offered a wide range of activities. 21 girls and boys visited the Institute as part of Girls' and Boys' Day 2016. more

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