MPI-CBG: Event Formats

It is important to us to explain to the public what we are researching and why our work fascinates us so much. We have a wide variety of event formats, always tailored to the respective target group. Many events are cooperations with partners from the scientific field or collaborations with other fields. The current event dates of the respective formats can be found in the event calendar.

Dresden Long Night of Sciences

125 research institutions in Dresden will open their houses, laboratories, lecture halls and archives to the public for the Dresden Long Night of Science. Between 6 p.m. and 1 a.m., around 30,000 visitors can experience science and technology, research and innovation, art and culture.

Since the first Long Night in 2003, the MPI-CBG has always been present with a spectacular program and a huge do-it-yourself experimenting track for children. Visitors experience an exciting summer night at the institute and can talk to the researchers at various stations. And afterwards you will definitely be smarter!

junior doctor

The school programme JUNIORDOKTOR gives girls and boys of the 3rd to 12th grade a lively insight into research, culture and engineering in Dresden. With about 100 extracurricular events, the whole range of scientific work is shown. Anyone who has visited at least seven stations and answered a question correctly for each station will receive a certificate and even a real doctoral hat! The MPI-CBG is one of the co-organisers and offers workshops, lectures, experiments and guided tours for over 100 students every year.

Science goes to School

The workshop “Science goes to School” of the Dresden International PhD Program (DIPP) brings modern biological research into the classroom and is aimed at students in grades 8 to 12. Dresden doctoral students conduct biological experiments in a two-hour block – in multinational teams in English. The aim is to make young people curious about scientific questions and to strengthen their competence in dealing with other cultures.

The project was awarded the Saxon Integration Prize in 2011 and was named a “University Pearl” in 2013 by the Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany.

Retina Information Day

The Retina Information Day is a joint event with the DFG Research Center for Regenerative Therapies at the TU Dresden and was held for the first time in 2009. At this event scientists, physicians and self-help groups inform about retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and glaucoma in lectures and at information stands. Around 150 visitors a year take this opportunity to find out about the latest developments in retinal research in Dresden.

Further partners of the event are the Dresden University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus and the self-help association PRO RETINA Deutschland e. V.

senior academy

We do not only want to impart knowledge about our work to children and young people, but also see lifelong learning as our goal. Every semester we offer a series of lectures within the framework of the Seniorenakademie Dresden. This program is aimed at older people in Dresden who can enrol for seminars and lectures at the Dresden University of Technology. We have been a partner in this programme since 2003 and offer scientific lectures by young scientists in German. In our opinion, the ladies and gentlemen of the Senior Academy are the best audience: well prepared, with precise and thoroughly critical questions, persistent and eager to learn. In this respect, the lectures for young researchers are also a good training for science

Previous event formats

Science Café

Science in the pub: Since 2004, you can discuss current and explosive topics with experts at the Science Café – in a relaxed atmosphere, with coffee, beer or wine and small snacks. At the beginning, a video introduces the experts of the evening and introduces the topic. Then the discussion begins, whereby there is no podium, but the discussions on partial aspects of the topic take place in parallel at different tables – everyone can choose where they want to participate in the discussion and ask their questions. The Science Café takes place 8 times a year in the GrooveStation, a club in Dresden’s Neustadt district, and has an average of 50 visitors.

“2 im …” is a format that is intended to inspire enthusiasm for science, but above all to introduce the people behind the research – with their stories, their visions, and what drives and fascinates them.

Two experienced scientists from different disciplines get to know each other in front of an audience at different interesting locations in Dresden and explore the location. On the way they talk about their work, their lives – scientists have interesting biographies and hobbies, it is definitely worth getting to know them privately. The guests also make music together and are put to the test with a mini science slam and games. The two presenters slip into roles that fit the theme of the evening and turn everything into a staging – “2 im . ” is always an insightful, but also entertaining and funny evening.

The premiere took place as “2 in the Tower” in February 2014 in the Ernemann Tower of the Technical Collections. Suzanne Eaton (MPI-CBG) and Gianaurelio Cuniberti (TU Dresden) got to know each other. Then in June 2014 it was time to “Cast off! – Tony Hyman, Director at the MPI-CBG, and Holger Brandes, Rector of the Evangelische Hochschule Dresden, captured the Elbe steamer Dresden at “2 in the boat”. The third edition took place as “2 im Hotel” with Wieland Huttner (MPI-CBG) and Brigitte Voit (Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research) in April 2015 in the Maritim Hotel and International Congress Center

numeral, cell, zebrafish

The play “Ziffer, Zelle, Zebrafisch” is a theatre research laboratory for curious, experimental and doubters from the age of 8: Two actresses and a scientist (Vineeth Surendranath) go on a journey of discovery with the audience in a research institute. Theatre and science meet and celebrate life together.

The idea of presenting and dealing with scientific work and the research questions of the MPI-CBG in a play for children arose in 2012. The project “Ziffer, Zelle. Zebrafisch” in cooperation with the Theater Junge Generation (tjg) and the company “Cie. Freaks und Fremde”. The project was supported by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

After many performances in a seminar room of the MPI-CBG, the play was staged for the studio stage at the Theater Junge Generation. The part of the scientist was also cast with an actor from the tjg ensemble. The very last performance of “Ziffer, Zelle, Zebrafisch” took place in 2016. Since the premiere, more than 60 performances have taken place, and almost 3,000 children have seen and experienced the play.

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