Zukunftstag 2017 at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) as part of the nationwide Girls' Day & Boys' Day initiative. On April 27th, 2017 the MPI-IE will again open its doors to young adults, which are interested to visit the institute and want to learn more about the the exciting world of modern molecular biology and the profession of a scientist in this field of research.
“… and this moving chaos takes place all the time in your cells – even if you are sleeping.” Tim Lämmermann, group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) stands in front of a monitor and traces with his finger the way of a mitochondrion moving rapidily through a phagocyte
The MPI-IE participated again in this year’s Science Fair at the Freiburger Münstermarkt. Thousands of visitors had the chance to gain insight into the ongoing research at the 58 participating scientific institutions and companies.
How does the immune system recognize an infected cell? Can the environment influence gene activity? These and other questions were answered at the MPI-IE booth, where our scientists explained the general relevance of Immunobiology and Epigenetics. Visitors could also play Immunobiology and Deep-sequencing games, meet our favorite lab pets (a.k.a. Fruchtfliegen) and look at tissue sections under the microscope. Additionally, our IMPRS students performed on stage. In an interactive Science Show they demonstrated how our DNA is packaged and how this packaging influences gene activity.
Impressions of the Science Fair can be found here:
In collaboration with the local newspaper, Badische Zeitung (BZ), the MPI-IE has opened its doors and provided insights to more than 130 interested visitors. Beside two presentations, the guests visited several scientific core facilities. Children in the students' lab extracted DNA from a banana, investigated their own cells and flies under a microscope. You find the article and pictures of the Badische Zeitung here:
Hands-on research, scientists to talk to and much to experience. More than 10 000 people visited the Freiburg Science Fair 2013. At the MPI-IE booth, they experienced in a game how the immune system recognizes virally infected cells. Another model showed how different chromatin states are epigenetically regulated and visitors could learn about the general relevance of immunobiology and epigenetics. Additionally, Lucia Guerri and Aline Gaub of the MPI-IE explained children in the science show "The mutant pepper" what mutations are and where they occur in nature.
How to avoid back hurts? How to recognize a beginning burnout? And how to eat healthy even while being on a rush? At June, 20, 2013, all employees of the MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics (MPI-IE) and the MPI of Foreign and international Law (MPICC) were invited to the 1. Max Planck Health Day. With this initiative, the two Max Planck Institutes set a sign for a healthier working environment.
Birthday Symposium for Rudolf Grosschedl
On August 31, 2012, at the occasion of the 60th birthday of Rudolf Grosschedl, scientific colleagues were invited to a one-day symposium. 20 scientists presented their research within four sessions of the following topics: gene control, long-range chromatin interactions, B lymphopoiesis, signaling and development.
In December 2011, more than 200 guests celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the MPI-IE. "Future needs Ancestry" emphasized Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society, and honoured the accomplishments of the MPI-IE. As a symbol of its scientific achievements, Peter Gruss presented the MPI-IE with a bust of Minerva, the Roman goddess of science. Hans-Jochen Schiewer, rector of the University of Freiburg, and Dieter Salomon, Lord Mayor of the City of Freiburg, emphasized the importance of the institute for the region. The event received additional scientific profile by a symposium, during which internationally leading scientists presented their work on topics related to the research of the MPI-IE.
Max Planck Day
On November 11, 2011, the first national Max Planck Day, initiated by the Max Planck Society and hosted by the individual institutes, took place. The event at the MPI-IE aimed at bringing school classes in contact with research, work and life at the institute. The program consisted of presentations about immunobiology and epigenetics, selected science movies, a tour through the institute, and the workshop “DNA kitchen”. The trainees of the institute also presented their work to the students.