Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2019

Long Night of the Sciences



Modern research in Buch and in Berlin Mitte: On June 15, 2019, there were around 7,500 visits on Campus Berlin-Buch and in our new research building in Berlin-Mitte. From 4 p.m. to midnight, we offered an extensive program during the Long Night of Science.

This year in focus: our intestines. Visitors could explore a walk-in giant intestine and check their knowledge in a quiz about intestinal bacteria and high blood pressure.

Other highlights this year include numerous behind-the-scenes glimpses of research during our laboratory tours, lectures at Café Scientifique and the hands-on advice show "Echt oder Fake?" ("Real or Fake?") You can also choose the best scientific picture! 

Several offers are also available in English.

The complete MDC Program


The MDC program ranges from interactive experiments and shows to the opportunity to look over the shoulder of scientists in the laboratory. Some of the highlights are presented here. 

Walk-in model of the human gut

Microcosm intestine

The digestive tract of man harbors a universe of the tiniest living beings. It is roughly estimated that there are as many bacteria in the intestine as there are humans on earth. The germs almost always serve the well-being of their host. They help to digest food, produce vitamins and train the immune system. In addition, they protect, only by their presence, from pathogenic species. But the microcosm in the intestine, the microbiome, is susceptible to disruption - and also influences our blood pressure..

  • 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.: The walk-in intestine model
    Foyer of the Max Delbrück Communications Center MDC.C (C83), Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin-Buch
  • 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Quiz on the microbiome
    Foyer of the Max Delbrück Communications Center  MDC.C (C83), Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin-Buch

Science & Art: ÆON – Trajectories of Longevity and CRISPR

Finnish artist and designer Emilia Tikka presents a work of art entitled ÆON. In this poetic work, Tikka creates a speculative scenario of what the world could look like in the near future, when aging can be stopped by changing the genome. ÆON was created last year, when Emilia Tikka worked as "Artist in Residence" in the laboratories of the MDC and acquired the basics of genome editing. 

  • 7 p.m.: Meet the artist, 
    1st floor, MDC Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB), Hannoversche Straße 28, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
  • From 5 p.m.: ÆON – Trajectories of Longevity and CRISPR 
    1st floor, MDC Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB), Hannoversche Straße 28, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
  • 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Documentation on the Artist Residency
    Foyer of the Herman von Helmholtz building, Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin-Buch

The Bear - True stories.

Scientists leave the lab and enter the limelight with true, personal stories about their misadventures, mistakes and moments of truth. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes moving and always entertaining. In the format "The Bear" the stories are told without notes or slides. The presentation and stories of the bilingual evening flow between English and German. Jazzer's Delight interweaves the stories with live music. Show host Dyane Neiman enchants the audience with her lively audience interaction.

  • 7:30 p.m.
    Terrace on Terrasse on 3rd floor, MDC Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB), Hannoversche Straße 28, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Human stem cells can form three-dimensional, neuromuscular miniorgans. The spinal cord neurons are shown in a blue tone, the skeletal muscle cells are marked purple.

Growing mini-organs from stem cells

During the "Long Night of Sciences" visitors can see something that hardly anyone has seen before - simply because it is still so new: spinal cord neurons and skeletal muscle tissue that have been cultivated together from stem cells.

Visitors on the tour through Mina Gouti's lab will get a chance to observe stem cells under the microscope, fluorescent images of neurons and skeletal muscles, as well as the organoids themselves. They will have a chance to see how the research team works to grow and nurture the tissues, and how the organoids develop over time into a functional, contracting muscle.

  • 6 p.m., English
    Registration required
  • Meeting point: Foyer of the Max Delbrück Communications Center MDC.C (C83), Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin-Buch

With kind permission from Bridavsky.

Café Scientifique: Unravel the secrets of the genome of Lil BUB, the sweetest cat in the world

Kitten Lil BUB has millions of followers on the Internet. It is very small, its muzzle is shortened, its tongue hangs out and it has additional toes on each paw. However, osteopetrosis has been diagnosed in cats, a rare disease that also occurs in humans and in which bone density continues to increase over the course of life. A team led by Darío Lupiáñez has analysed the cat's genome and found that two rare genetic changes cause this unique phenomenon. Using Lil BUB as an example, they show how a genome is sequenced and the data analysed.

  • 8 p.m., English lecture
    Seminar room on the ground floor, MDC Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB), Hannoversche Straße 28, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Choose the most beautiful scientific picture!

Scientists of the Campus Berlin-Buch present their best scientific pictures. Determine the winner!

  • 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Max Delbrück Communications Center MDC.C, Robert-Rössle-Straße 10, 13125 Berlin-Buch


Microscopy exhibition

Invisible – Visible – Transparent

Our permanent medical history exhibition impressively shows that microscopes have always been part of medical advances. Manufacturers and scientists in Berlin and Brandenburg have played a key role in this success story. The future of medicine is also linked to the microscope.



The tickets are valid for all participating scientific institutions and for public transport (in the fare zone Berlin ABC).

Tickets can be purchased from 20th May 2019.

Further information

How to find us

For the first time, you can experience MDC research at two locations in Berlin: In Buch and in Mitte.

Campus Buch

The MDC is located in the northeast of Berlin on the Campus Berlin-Buch:

Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
13125 Berlin

Plan your journey on Google Maps

A shuttle bus starts at Buch S-Bahn station. Here you can find the overview map.


Location Mitte

Another location of the MDC is situated in the center of Berlin:

Hannoversche Straße 28
10115 Berlin

Plan your journey on Google Maps



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