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MDC at the Berlin Science Week

1 - 10 November, 2021

Program

From 1 to 10 November 2021, researchers will gather in Berlin to discuss current issues - with each other and with the public. The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) will be contributing to exciting events, online and on site.

Tabula rasa – Hands-on science

30. October: Forum and science fair at the Urania | Registration required | DE →

Saturday, October 30th, 2021, 2:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Urania Berlin | Vera Zywitza, MDC: Using stem cells to prevent species extinction | Jochen Müller: Microscopy exhibition of the MDC

To kick off Berlin Science Week, Urania Berlin offers a forum where research, politics and the public can meet: the "Tabula rasa" science fair. Here you can learn more about the diversity of science in Berlin. For example, a jury has selected 25 exceptional projects from numerous proposals for poster sessions with young Berlin scientists. Dr. Vera Zywitza from the MDC's technology platform "Pluripotent Stem Cells" will be among them. She will explain how stem cell technologies and assisted reproduction can help to save the Northern White Rhino from extinction after all - although there are only two female animals left.

The accompanying program includes an interactive robotics area, a short film program on urban nature and climate protection, an author slam and much more. Starting at 3 p.m. in the Kleist Hall, Dr. Jochen Müller will talk about how microscopes revolutionized biology and medicine from the middle of the 19th century onwards and - starting in Berlin - founded an entire industry. The 200-year history of Berlin microscopes is also the subject of the exhibition "invisible, visible, seen through" by MDC scientist Professor Helmut Kettenmann.

Full Tabula Rasa program (German)

Registration

This is a free in-person event at the Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, Berlin. If you would like to attend, please register.

Further information

 

Berlin PostDoc Day 2021

November 4: Public postdoc day at the Campus in Buch | Registration required  | EN →

Thursday, November 4, 2020, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin, Leibniz Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie | Uri Alon

Berlin PostDoc Day, your best chance to get to know your peers in Berlin, present your science and acquire new skills

Berlin PostDoc Day is THE annual event organized by passionate PostDoc volunteers from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and the Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) in Berlin. It is a great chance for postdocs at any level of experience and last-year PhD students to present their science in talks or posters, get to know each other and expand their network! In addition to the traditional scientific sessions, PostDoc Day provides industry-related talks brought by our sponsors and communication skills-oriented seminars from communication experts.

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We are looking forward to seeing you in person, enjoying great science and our prestigious keynote speaker Professor Uri Alon from Weizmann Institute of Science. The best talks will be awarded great prizes!

Registration

This is an in-person event on campus Buch, MDC.C, Robert-Rössle-Strasse 10, Berlin. If you would like to attend, please register.

The event will be accessible for anybody, the venue is wheelchair friendly. Any special request can be submitted to the organizers. Due to unforeseeable COVID19-related restrictions, the event might be moved to the online platform Hopin.

 

Further information

 

 

Future Medicine Round Table 2021

November 4: Public online conference | registration required | EN →

Thursyday, November 4, 2021, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) in der Charité

Are we prepared for the next pandemic?

End of 2019, the COVID-19-outbreak took the world by surprise. Almost two years into the pandemic, science has made great progress and politicians have made valuable experiences how to manage this global crisis. But can we use the knowledge we gathered if a similar scenario strikes again?

We are looking forward to discussing the important questions:

Have we already learned enough about the pandemic?
Can the learnings regarding effective therapies and preventive measures be applied for another pandemic?
What are the side effects of the pandemic on the health system (e.g. delay of diagnosis and therapies of other diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases or chronical illnesses)?
Are science and politics prepared for the next pandemic?

Timetable

4.00 p.m. Welcome Speech
Der Tagesspiegel and the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)

4.10 p.m. Screenings
Scientists from many different fields and institutions such as the MDC will start by showing short films about the most recent findings in SARS-CoV-2-Research

4.20 p.m. Impulse Lecture
Dr. Michael May, Vice President & Medical Director Germany of Bristol Myers Squibb

4.30 p.m. Discussion: Are we prepared for the next pandemic?
Professor Isabelle Bekeredjian-Ding, Head of the Microbiology Department of Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
Professor Christof von Kalle, Head of the Clinical Study Center of BIH and Charité
N.N., Political Representative

Moderator: Michaela Küfner, Political Correspondent

5.15 p.m. Closing Keynote
N.N.

Registration

Due to the circumstances, the event-series “Future Medicine Science Match”, hosted by Berlin’s leading Newspaper „Der Tagesspiegel“ and the Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) will run the event as a virtual round table. If you would like to attend, please book your spot. Access to the event will be provided after registration by the organizer.

Further information

 

Neue Methoden für weniger Tierversuche – so forscht Berlin

November 5: Open discussion via livestream and on-site | DE →

Friday, November 5, 2021, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Einstein-Zentrum 3R | Stefan Hippenstiel, Christa Thöne-Reineke, Jens Kurreck, Michael Gotthardt, Tanja Schwerdtle

Einblicke in das neue Einstein-Zentrum 3R

Forschung an Mini-Organen, menschlichem Gewebe oder Multi-Organ-Chips – moderne Technologien versprechen eine Zukunft ohne Tierversuche. Was ist der aktuelle Stand der Forschung? Wie funktionieren diese Methoden und wo liegen ihre Grenzen?

Eine moderierte Podiumsdiskussion mit kurzen Filmbeiträgen aus den Laboren widmet sich diesen und weiteren Fragen. Erfahren Sie, wie Berlins Wissenschaft daran arbeitet, die Forschung im Sinne von 3R – Replace, Reduce, Refine von Tierversuchen – zu verändern und zu verbessern. Auf dem Podium erklären Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern des neuen Einstein-Zentrum 3R ihre Forschung. Ziel des Zentrums ist es, zur Entwicklung neuer Therapien für menschliche Erkrankungen beizutragen, indem die Übertragbarkeit von Laborerkenntnissen auf den Patienten verbessert und gleichzeitig der Tierschutz gestärkt wird.

Sie haben die Möglichkeit im Vorfeld der Veranstaltung Fragen an registration@ec3r.org zu senden.

Diese Veranstaltung kann digital per Livestream oder persönlich vor Ort im Museum für Naturkunde mit einer begrenzten Teilnehmendenzahl besucht werden.

Livestream

"Livestram auf der "Berlin Science Week"-Webseite

Vor Ort

Wenn Sie an der Veranstaltung vor Ort teilnehmen möchten, melden Sie sich bitte per Mail unter registration@ec3r.org.

Further information

Blumen! – die Wissenschaftsshow

November 5: Öffentliche Filmvorführung per Livestream und vor Ort | DE & EN →

Friday, November 5, 2021, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Paul-Drude-Institut | Friedrich Liechtenstein, Carsten Hucho

My science blows you out of the water!

Friedrich Liechtenstein führt durch die Show, in der drei Institute eine Woche Zeit hatten, ungewöhnliche Clips zu produzieren, um für ihre Wissenschaft zu begeistern. Brilliante Scientists zeigen, wieso ihr Forschungsgebiet das aufregendste der Welt ist. Sie müssen nicht nur Friedrich überzeugen: Das online-Publikum bewertet die Clips und der Gewinner wird einen Monat lang auf der Science-Fassade des Paul-Drude-Instituts gefeatured.

Mit Kathrin de la Rosa und Casper Silvis vom MDC

This event will take place in German and English.

Diese Veranstaltung kann digital per Livestream oder persönlich vor Ort im Museum für Naturkunde mit einer begrenzten Teilnehmendenzahl besucht werden.

Livestream

Kurz vor Beginn der Veranstaltung wird der Stream auf der "Berlin Science Week"-Webseite zur Verfügung gestellt.

Vor Ort

Wenn Sie an der Veranstaltung vor Ort teilnehmen möchten, melden Sie sich bitte bei event@pdi-berlin.de (mit der Betreffzeile: Show). Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Teilnehmer:innenzahl begrenzt ist. Sollten mehr Anmeldungen eingehen als Plätze vorhanden sind, werden Teilnehmende durch das PDI ausgewählt. Hierzu ist es sehr hilfreich, in einem kurzen Kommentar zu erwähnen, warum gerade Sie an der Veranstaltung dringend/zwingend teilnehmen müssen/wollen/sollen.

Further information

 

BERLIN SCIENCE WEEK CAMPUS

November 5: Action booth →

Friday, November 5 - Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Pipetting, measuring, finding information – in our Laboratory Olympics you can try out how well you would be suited to everyday laboratory work. Of course, MDC scientists will also explain to you how they want to shape the medicine of the future with their molecular biology projects: from new cancer therapies to corona research.

And last but not least: a lab selfie is included.

Further information

MDC scientists at the Berlin Science Week Campus

5. November

10:00 - 12:00

Dr. Inga Lödige

Non-coding RNAs and Mechanisms of Cytoplasmic Gene Regulation

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/chekulaeva

12:00 - 14:00

Anna Sophie Welter

Proteome Dynamics

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/selbach

 

Madhu Nagathihalli Kantharaju

Image Data Analysis

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/image-data-analysis

14:00 - 16:00

Robert Greensmith

Antonia Ibel

Kidney Cell Engineering

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/kaminski

16:00 - 18:00

Jose Nimo

Spatial Proteomics

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/coscia

18:00 - 19:30

Oscar Migueles

Mathematical Modelling of Cellular Processes

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/wolf

 

Sandrine Baltzer

Anchored Signalling

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/klussmann

 

6. November

10:00 - 12:00

Irina Yakutenko

Cancer & Immunology / Immune Mechanisms and Human Antibodies

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/de-la-rosa 

12:00 - 14:00

Dr. Andre Rosa

Irene Hollfinger

Integrative Vascular Biology

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/gerhardt

14:00 - 16:00

Anita Waltho

Intracellular Proteolysis
https://www.mdc-berlin.de/sommer

 

Dr. Gesa Loof

Epigenetic Regulation and Chromatin Architecture

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/pombo

16:00 - 18:00

Tijana Perovic

Dr. Tanja Florin

Integrative Vascular Biology

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/gerhardt

18:00 - 19:30

Samantha Mendonsa

Non-coding RNAs and Mechanisms of Cytoplasmic Gene Regulation

https://www.mdc-berlin.de/chekulaeva

 

Diversity Instead of Uniformity

November 5: Public discussion via livestream and on-site | Registration required | EN →

Friday, November 5, 2021, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Berlin Research 50 (BR50) | Franziska Emmerling, Noa K. Ha, Ivona Kafedjiska, Luc De Meester

How does diversity advance scientific progress?

Diversity management, gender equality and internationalization have become guiding principles for almost all scientific institutions, especially in Berlin. At the beginning of the year, DFG President Katja Becker stressed that diversity and excellence are inseparable concepts for her. However, it remains true that the further up the career ladder you go, the more uniform the people who reach these positions tend to be. At the same time, many scientists have problems establishing themselves in Germany and face problems with the language, bureaucracy and other personal challenges. Unfortunately, it is also evident that people in the scientific environment are not spared from experiences of discrimination and prejudice.

These are issues that a global science capital like Berlin needs to address. We are taking stock: What is the current state of diversity in German academia? What problems do international researchers face in Germany? How can Berlin in particular tackle these challenges here and actively promote diversity?

The initiative organizing this panel discussion: Strengthening Berlin as an international science metropolis is the goal of a joint initiative of the capital’s non-university research institutions. At the beginning of 2020, they joined forces to form BR50 (Berlin Research 50). Further information: www.br50.org/en/br50

This event can be attended digitally via livestream or in-person with a limited on-site audience at the Museum of Natural History.

Livestream

Shortly before the event begins, the stream will be made available on "Berlin Science Week"

On-Site

If you would like to attend the event on-site, please book your spot by October 29 via e-mail to BR50 office: coordinators@br50.org .

Further information

 

Cardiovascular Health in the Time of COVID-19

November 5: Open online discussion | EN →

Friday, November 5, 2021, 6 - 8 p.m.

Springer Nature | Leif Erik Sander, Michael Potente, Birgit Sawitzki, Vesna Todorovic, Holger Gerhardt, Emanuel Wyler

COVID-19, caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has become a global pandemic that has affected the lives of the entire human population. The panel, composed of Berlin-based experts in basic, translational and clinical science focused on cardiovascular disease and immunology, will discuss three key aspects:

How are pre-existing cardiovascular conditions associated with worse outcomes and increased risk of death in patients with COVID-19? How can COVID-19 itself  induce cardiovascular disease, such as venous thromboembolism, high blood pressure, acute coronary syndrome, myocardial injury, and arrhythmia? And how we can minimize all these risks by vaccination?

Panelists

Prof. Dr. Holger Gerhardt, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC), Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH) and DZHK (German Center for Cardiovascular Research) Partner Site Berlin
Prof. Dr. Michael Potente, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) and Berlin Institute of Health at Charité (BIH)
Prof. Dr. med. Leif Erik Sander, Department of Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Medicine, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Prof. Dr. Birgit Sawitzki, Institute of Medical Immunology, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Dr. Emanuel Wyler, Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)

Moderation

Dr. Vesna Todorovic, Chief Editor, Nature Cardiovascular Research

The panel discussion will start at 6pm Berlin time, will last 1 hour and will be followed by a Q&A session with the panelists and the audience. The event will end at 8 p.m. Berlin time.

Video

#COVID19, caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (#SARSCoV2), has become a global #pandemic that has affected the lives of the entire human population. The panel, composed of Berlin-based experts in basic, translational and clinical science focused on cardiovascular disease and immunology, discusses three key aspects:

How are pre-existing #cardiovascular conditions associated with worse outcomes and increased risk of death in patients with COVID-19? How can COVID-19 itself induce cardiovascular disease, such as venous thromboembolism, high blood pressure, acute coronary syndrome, myocardial injury, and arrhythmia? And how can we minimize all these risks by #vaccination?

Further information

 

Zelldiagnostik der Zukunft

November 10: Public training via Zoom. | Registration required

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 4 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin | Patrick Maschmeyer, Leif Ludwig (MDC/BIH/Charité)

Was der Blick auf einzelne Zellen für die Medizin bringt: eine Lehrerfortbildung.

Damit Organe oder Lebewesen funktionieren können, müssen unzählige Zellen miteinander kommunizieren, sich entwickeln und spezialisieren. Dafür rufen sie immer wieder unterschiedliche Informationen aus dem Erbgut ab. Mit neuen Omics-Technologien wie der Einzelzellanalyse können Forscher*innen im großen Maßstab und präzise beobachten, wie sich Zellen und ihr Zusammenspiel im Verlauf von Krankheiten verändern. Dank dieser Präzision sehen sie dabei selbst seltene Zelltypen wie Stammzellen – die therapeutisch interessant sind. Wer Krankheiten früher diagnostizieren und passgenau behandeln will, muss also auf die zelluläre Ebene schauen.

Registration

Dies ist ein digitales Event. Der Zugang zur Veranstaltung wird nach der Anmeldung durch die Organisation zur Verfügung gestellt.

Further information

 

Videos

BR50 Panel Discussion: Diversity Instead of Uniformity

© Berlin Research 50 (BR50)

Diversity Instead of Uniformity - How Does Diversity Advance Scientific Progress? | Public Discussion at the Berlin Science Week Campus @ Museum für Naturkunde Berlin | 5 November 2021

         Diversity management, gender equality and internationalization have become guiding principles for almost all scientific institutions, especially in Berlin. At the beginning of the year, DFG President Katja Becker stressed that diversity and excellence are inseparable concepts for her. However, it remains true that the further up the career ladder you go, the more uniform the people who reach these positions tend to be. At the same time, many scientists have problems establishing themselves in Germany and face problems with the language, bureaucracy and other personal challenges. Unfortunately, it is also evident that people in the scientific environment are not spared from experiences of discrimination and prejudice.

BLUMEN! – Die Wissenschaftsshow 

Nun sprechen die Blumen... Drei Berliner Institute hatten eine Woche Zeit, ungewöhnliche Clips zu produzieren, um für ihre Wissenschaft zu begeistern. Brilliante Wissenschaftler*innen des Max-Delbrück-Zentrums für Molekulare Medizn (https://www.mdc-berlin.de/de), des Instituts für Kristallzüchtung (https://www.ikz-berlin.de/) und des Instituts für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (https://www.igb-berlin.de/) zeigen, wieso ihr Forschungsgebiet das aufregendste der Welt ist. Sie mussten nicht nur unseren Host Friedrich #Liechtenstein überzeugen: Das Online- und das Live-Publikum bewerteten die Clips. Das Gewinner-Video vom #mdcBerlin wird einen Monat lang auf der #Science-Fassade des Paul-Drude-Instituts laufen. Hier seht ihr es schon vorab!

Deep Dive – Being a Postdoc at the MDC Berlin

Who is considered a postdoc? What does it mean to become and be a postdoc? Why do postdocs pursue careers in natural sciences? What does the daily life of a postdoc entail? In this #BerlinScienceWeek 2021 "Deep Dive", #mdcBerlin science manager Anne Merks and #FMP postdoctoral research fellow Jeremy Morgan explain their work, motivations, career opportunities and more. Jump right in!

Einblicke in das neue Einstein-Zentrum 3R 

Forschung an Mini-Organen, menschlichem Gewebe oder Multi-Organ-Chips – moderne Technologien versprechen eine Zukunft ohne #Tierversuche. Was ist der aktuelle Stand der #Forschung? Wie funktionieren diese Methoden und wo liegen ihre Grenzen?

Eine moderierte Podiumsdiskussion mit kurzen Filmbeiträgen aus den Laboren widmet sich diesen und weiteren Fragen. Erfahren Sie, wie Berlins #Wissenschaft daran arbeitet, die Forschung im Sinne von #3R – Replace, Reduce, Refine von Tierversuchen – zu verändern und zu verbessern. Auf dem Podium erklären Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern des neuen Einstein-Zentrum 3R ihre Forschung. Ziel des Zentrums ist es, zur Entwicklung neuer Therapien für menschliche Erkrankungen beizutragen, indem die Übertragbarkeit von Laborerkenntnissen auf den #Patienten verbessert und gleichzeitig der #Tierschutz gestärkt wird.

Cardiovascular Health in the Time of COVID19

#COVID19, caused by a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (#SARSCoV2), has become a global #pandemic that has affected the lives of the entire human population. The panel, composed of Berlin-based experts in basic, translational and clinical science focused on cardiovascular disease and immunology, discusses three key aspects:

How are pre-existing #cardiovascular conditions associated with worse outcomes and increased risk of death in patients with COVID-19? How can COVID-19 itself induce cardiovascular disease, such as venous thromboembolism, high blood pressure, acute coronary syndrome, myocardial injury, and arrhythmia? And how can we minimize all these risks by #vaccination?

WHS WS 01 - Thinking Ahead: Prototype Vaccines 

© World Health Summit

Vaccines are the major cornerstone to control pandemics. This has been demonstrated in the past for instance by the eradication of poxvirus or the global control of poliomyelitis. Given the long history of vaccines, established pipelines for their development and production have been developed. The still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has enriched this pipeline and although SARS-CoV-2 vaccines have been developed and approved within less than a year, this major achievement built on decades of basic research. Equally important was the massive financial support, accelerated administrative procedures and rapid increase in production capacity. Yet, important challenges remain such as the global distribution of vaccines and insufficient vaccination rates in countries where these vaccines are available.

Retrospect

2021 

2020 

2019 

© Antje Dombrowsky / Berlin Partner

2018 

Safety

Due to the current situation, we are required to ask for the contact information of each person entering the Museum of Natural History in accordance with the Protection Against Infection Act. We therefore require the following data from all persons who register: First name, last name, address, telephone number and email address.

On-site the protective and hygienic measures of the Museum of Natural History apply. The so-called 3G rule (for „geimpft, genesen oder getestet“, i.e. „vaccinated, recovered or tested“) will be applied: Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or is not considered recovered will be required to provide a recent negative Covid-19 test. Visiting the event is permitted with a medical face mask only.

The registration data will be stored by the Tohoku University Sendai for the purpose of organizing the event as well as for any subsequent contact follow-up and will also be shared with the organizers of Berlin Science Week and the Museum of Natural History for this purpose.

Directions

Berlin Science Week Campus

On 5–6 November, Berlin Science Week Campus is our central festival hub at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin.

The Museum für Naturkunde is located right in the heart of Berlin. We strongly recommend to use public transportation to get to the museum.

Public Transportation

Further information →

Subway (U-Bahn)
Line U6 to U Naturkundemuseum

Suburban train (S-Bahn)
Linie S5 oder S7 to Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Linie S1 oder S2 to Nordbahnhof

Tram
Line M5, M8, M10, 12 to U Naturkundemuseum

Bus
Lines 245, N40 to U Naturkundemuseum
Lines 120, 123, 142, 245, N20, N40 to Invalidenpark

 

Parking

Further information →

There are no parking spaces at the museum.

Facilities nearby:

 

Campus Berlin-Buch

The MDC is located in the North East of Berlin on the Campus Berlin-Buch, the largest Biotech Campus in Berlin.

 

Travelling by public transport

Further information →

Local connections to the MDC

The MDC can be reached by public transport via the S-Bahn to “Berlin-Buch”, then by bus to the campus.

Getting to Berlin-Buch

S-Bahn: line S2, direction “Bernau” or “Buch”

From S-Bahn station Buch to the MDC

Bus: number 353, "Campus Buch"
On foot: a 15-20min walk
Taxi: costs around 6€. Taxi rank outside S-Bahn station

Map of public transport connections from Berlin-Buch to the MDC

 

Travelling by car

Driving directions and parking

Driving directions

From the city center (Berlin-Mitte)

  • Follow Prenzlauer Promenade outward (which then becomes the A114) in the direction of Autobahn Prenzlau.
  • Take the "Bucher Straße" exit, then turn right at the traffic light onto Hobrechtsfelder Chaussee in the direction of Buch. Continue driving straight for about 4 - 5km.
  • Turn right at the next traffic lights onto Wiltbergstraße. Drive straight for about 2km. Pass under the S-Bahn. After a further 500m Wiltbergstraße bends to the right and merges with Karower Chaussee. Continue along this road for another 500m.
  • Turn left onto Robert-Rössle-Straße, which will take you to Campus Berlin-Buch and MDC.

From elsewhere

try Google Maps

Parking

Weekdays 06:30 - 19:00 max. 3hrs free parking. Additional hours are charged at 1€ per hour.
Evenings, weekends & public holidays: free

Enter by the Gatehouse on Robert-Rössle Strasse and take a ticket at the barrier. Turn right and make your way to the MDC car park (behind building 31). On leaving, if you need to pay for extra hours you can find payment machines (which accept coins, notes, and German EC cards) either by the Gatehouse or by the exit on Lindenberger Weg.