Max Planck Day at the MPI Age

GALLERY: Open Day at MPIs for Biology of Ageing and Metabolism Research (© Patric Fouad)

350 visitors informed themselves about topics of metabolism and ageing research

Open Day

The MPI for Biology of Ageing and the MPI for Metabolism Research hosted an Open Day on the occasion of the Max Planck Society's Germany-wide Science Festival.

At several stations, visitors were able to learn about various laboratory practices and experimental approaches, some of which they were able to do themselves.
The "health check" floor challenged the visitors to test their fitness: logic games, odor tests and metabolic games conveyed the research topics with fun and joy.

The numerous guided tours, which included a flight through the brain, an insight into human imaging and laboratory work on various model organisms, were particularly popular.

A guest appearance of the Altentheater of the Freie Werkstatt Theater Cologne, a scientific lecture, a Max Planck Cinema and a children's rally provided entertainment from young to old.

Panel discussion

In the series "wissenswert- Gespräche am Puls der Zeit", Max Planck researchers discussed current socio-political topics with guests from science and practice in the Cologne City Library.
The focus was on questions relating to the shaping of a social Europe as well as scientific, ethical and legal perspectives of the genetic engineering method CRISPR/Cas9. Dr. Martin Denzel from the MPI for Biology of Ageing provided information and discussed the application of the CRISPR technology and the associated opportunities and risks.


The culture lovers among the Max Planck Day visitors enjoyed the evening at the fourth AGE ART event of the MPI for the Biology of Ageing. Three musicians from the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra wrapped a lively lecture by ageing researcher Dr. Valter Longo with pieces by Händel, Debussy and Ravi Shankar. Longo gave the audience an entertaining insight into intermitted fasting and healthy ageing from the perspective of science.

Further impressions to the Events in Cologne and the Max Planck Day as well as all information to the campaign #wonachsuchstdu can be found under:

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