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From bitcoins to genome surgery

On 22 and 23 February 2018, around 350 students and 50 teachers will learn how research shapes our future at the MINT400 - The Capital City Forum. The largest network meeting of MINT-EC will take place in Berlin in cooperation with the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.

If you follow the news, you can hardly miss phrases such as ‘cryptocurrency’ or the, no less cryptic, abbreviation ‘CRISPR-Cas9’. What these terms mean will be explored by 350 pupils and 50 experts from MINT EC schools from all over Germany on 22 and 23 February in Berlin. At the MINT400 - The Capital City Forum of MINT-EC, they can not only network beyond the borders of Germany's federal states, but also inform themselves about the education market regarding study opportunities and training courses.

There are also keynotes on topics such as "How blockchain and cryptocurrencies will change your world" or "Mathematics in cancer research", scientific lectures on genome surgery, as well as one-day workshops at more than 30 companies and research institutions in and around Berlin. The MINT400 will be concluded with an evening event. Then, the prizewinners in the International Chemistry Competition (RACI) will be honored and the best entries in the MINT-EC SchoolSlam will be selected by the British Council.

This year's Capital City Forum, entitled "Life Science: Researching for a future worth living in", is being organised jointly by MINT-EC - The National Excellence School Network and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine.

Media representatives are cordially invited to attend!


Website MINT-EC


Max Delbrück Communications Center MDC.C
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft (MDC)
Robert-Rössle-Straße 10

13125 Berlin


Jana Zielsdorf
Press relations at MINT-EC

Am Borsigturm 15
13507 Berlin

phone: 0049- 30-4000 6737
Twitter: @mint_ec

Jana Schlütter
Communications Department MDC

Robert-Rössle-Straße 10
13125 Berlin

phone: 0049-30-9406 2121
Twitter: @MDC_Berlin

MINT-EC - The National Excellence School Network

MINT-EC is the national excellence network of secondary schools with a distinctive profile in mathematics, informatics, science and technology (MINT).

It was founded in 2000 by employers and works closely with their regional education initiatives. MINT-EC offers a wide range of events and support programmes for pupils, as well as advanced training courses and professional exchanges for teachers and school administrators. The network, which currently has 295 certified schools with around 315,000 pupils and 25,000 teachers, has been under the auspices of the KMK since 2009.

The main sponsors of MINT-EC are the employers' association Gesamtmetall within the initiative think ING, as well as the Siemens Stiftung and the Bavarian employers' associations vbm bayme and vbw.

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

The MDC’s mission is to study molecular mechanisms in order to understand the origins of disease and thus be able to diagnose, prevent and fight it better and more effectively.

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) was founded in Berlin in 1992. It is named for the German-American physicist Max Delbrück who was awarded the 1969 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.

The MDC cooperates with the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) as well as with national partners such as the German Center for Cardiovascular Research and numerous international research institutions. More than 1,600 staff and guests from nearly 60 countries work at the MDC, just shy of 1,300 of them in scientific research. The MDC is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (90 percent) and the State of Berlin (10 percent) and is a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.