Public engagement and science communication at the Institute is embedded within our research and supports interactions between researchers and the public. Through events at the Institute and activities in the city of Freiburg, the MPI-IE and its researchers seek to engage students, teachers, and other public audiences. We are committed to sharing our research and our ideas and inspiring the next generation of researchers.
You can find information on upcoming events in the event calendar.
During the Zukunftstag (Girls’ Day) we give the opportunity to explore our institute from the inside. Students from Freiburg get exciting insights into the work of (female) scientists and the rare chance to experiment by themselves. Thus, we provide a range of opportunities for students from visits to the Institute’s laboratories and our scientific facilities with talks and hands-on activities. We also work to raise awareness of career opportunities in the life sciences.
Max Planck Tag
Our public engagement aims to be open and transparent in our research communication. During the Max Planck Tag institutes of the MPG open their doors all over Germany to provide opportunities for everyone to find out more about ongoing research. At the last Max Planck Tag the MPI offered an exciting program that gave giving insights on the history, present and especially the future of immunobiological and epigenetic research.
Freiburg Science Fair
The Freiburg Science Fair is the central science event in Freiburg aimed at the general public. Every second year in summer, more than 60 Freiburg based research institutions and research-oriented companies bring their science to life in the heart of the city. On three days, science shows, various talks, stations with science presentations, and hands-on areas show what the scientific Freiburg has to offer. More than 10,000 visitors join this event each year. The MPI-IE has been part of the Science Fair since 2013. With a new science station each year, we presented our mobile sequencing robot, fruit flies, and explained how these tools help scientists uncover the DNA's secrets.
Pint of Science
Pint of Science is a worldwide science festival with down-to-earth talks by scientists to engage discussion on a broad range of topics – while having the chance of sip-ping a good pint of beer in pub. Scientists of the MPI-IE brought this unusual event to Freiburg. Talks by renowned scientists from University, Uniklinik, the MPI and the Fraunhofer Institutes in the fields of engineering sciences, medicine and biology and guide the audience through their research projects and offer the chance to ask questions in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.