Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2021

Reality TV, quiz, and talk – Long Night of the Sciences 2021

It’s nice that virtual events are now second nature to us. So this year, too, science enthusiasts won’t have to miss out on the “smartest night of the year.” On June 5, 2021, the MDC will offer a glimpse into its research – completely digitally.

The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) is not letting the coronavirus pandemic get in the way of its plans for this year’s Long Night of the Sciences. Instead of being held on the Berlin-Buch campus and at the MDC in Mitte, in the research building of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology (BIMSB), the smartest night of the year will take place completely virtually on June 5th.

The organizers have come up with entirely new formats for the event. This year’s program at the MDC ranges from video insights into daily research, a retrospective view of the Scientific Image Contest, and an online quiz to a Clubhouse discussion about COVID-19 and a nighttime talk with MDC scientists.

Reality TV at the MDC

A day in a biomedical research lab – what is it really like? What do scientists do? How is a lab organized? Those interested can look over the shoulders of our scientists as they go about their daily work. For one day, we used a camera to follow what goes on in two research labs at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine – also featuring interviews, a lab concert, and mini-brains in the petri dish.

5 p.m. to midnight

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The best images from the Scientific Image Contest

We show the most beautiful, amusing, and interesting images from our scientific work – including fun facts and background stories. The pictures are from ten years of the Scientific Image Contest, held annually at the Long Night of the Sciences on the biomedical research campus Berlin-Buch.

5 p.m. to midnight

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CRISPR traffic light – plus online quiz

The CRISPR genetic scissors are a hot topic. But what can this powerful tool really do? Can it actually make us younger and healthier and bring back extinct species? Viewers can test their knowledge of genetic engineering in our online quiz, and play “CRISPR traffic light” with us to find out what is already possible with CRISPR today, what could be possible in the future, and what is and remains mere fantasy. Starting at 6:30 p.m., CRISPR researchers will answer questions from the Instagram chat.

5 to 11 p.m.

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Viruses, molecules, and corona – MDC researchers live on Clubhouse

Dr. Emanuel Wyler, COVID-19 expert and science blogger, and other MDC researchers discuss COVID-19, viruses, and molecules in general – live on Clubhouse. Join us, listen in, or participate in the discussion.

7 to 9 p.m.

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Night café with MDC scientists

In our live Instagram show, we talk to MDC scientists about their life and work – including how they balance career and family. Plus we explore the question, What do cancer, COVID-19, and neurological diseases have in common?

8 to 9 p.m. (English)
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. (German)

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