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Berlin Science Week

Our program at the science festival 1 - 10 November, 2022


From 1 to 10 November 2022, researchers will gather in Berlin to discuss current issues - with each other and with the public. The Max Delbrück Center will be contributing to exciting events, online and on site.

The Gene Project

1. - 10. November: Visual artwork exhibition at the BIMSB | Prior registration required →

November 1st 2022 – November 10th 2022

Max Delbrück Center Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB), Hannoversche Str. 28, 10115 Berlin

An artistic celebration of the four letters which are the building blocks of all life.

The Gene Project is the part of an ongoing generative visual research and exploration of the gene sequences. The intention is to celebrate and widen awareness about ubiquitous complex biological systems arising out of the simple set of instructions called the genetic code. After all, on a meta level, life is anything but information propagation from generation to the next; and these snippets of genetic code are the perpetual carriers of information through the passage of time.

The Gene Project is an abstract visual artwork, which attempts to be a multi-faceted endeavour hoping to engage and ignite interest of a broader audience, one that integrates the art and scientific as well as medical community and re-raise the question: Does scientific art holds the potential to inspire a new breed of scientist(s)?


November 1st, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Opening hours

2. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
3. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
4. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
7. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
8. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
9. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
10. November 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

All artworks will be sold as a silent auction and the proceedings donated to Ukraine.

Prior registration required

More information


Berlin PostDoc Day 2022

November 3: Public postdoc day at the Humboldt Graduate School | Registration required  | EN →

Thursday, November 3, 2022, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Humboldt Graduate School Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

The Berlin Postdoc Day 2022 (#PDD22) is an annual event organized by the joint Postdoc association of Max Delbrück Center and Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP). This year, the event will be held on November 3rd as part of the Berlin Science Week and it is open to all Postdocs and last-year PhD students working on all scientific disciplines (Natural, Life and Social Sciences) in the Berlin area. It will be held in person.

Covid-19 regulations for the event will be updated according to the Berlin official guidelines.

Share your research & explore what's next

Click here for the program.

The Postdoc Day 2022 is an occasion to network with peers and to share your work. Submit an abstract and take the chance to win the “Best Pitch Talk” or the “Best Poster Presentation” Award!

The main focus of the 2022 edition is career transitions inside and outside academia. In a dedicated session called "From Postdoc to…", former PostDocs will share their experience and how they navigated the job market. Get inspired for your next career step!


The Berlin Postdoc Day 2022 will be held at the Humboldt Graduate School Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin


This is a face-to-face event at the Humboldt Graduate School, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin. If you would like to attend, please register.

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7th Future Medicine Science Match 2022

8. November: Conference | Registration required →

Tuesday 8. November 2022, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

bcc – Berlin Congress Center, Alexanderstraße 11, 10178 Berlin

Building an ecosystem for innovation in the life sciences

What does the future of medicine look like? What’s new in health science? Which challenges is the health system facing? Learn about the answers to these questions and more at the seventh Future Medicine Conference in Berlin on November 8, 2022.

Tagesspiegel and Berlin Institute of Health at Charité will feature outstanding international scientists, great visions of the future of medicine, and an exceptional concentration of knowledge.

About 60 top scientists and innovators from leading Berlin institutions and national and international partners will present cutting-edge translational medicine and will give an insight into their work in short 3-minute presentations, panel discussion and keynotes. Conference language is English. Attracting more than 800 participants, the target audiences of this event are scientists, physicians, young professionals, innovators, healthcare startups, and policy makers.

Federal Minister of Research and Education, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, will open this year´s event. Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Director MPI for Innovation and Competition, will give a keynote lecture about “Boundary Conditions for Medical Innovation Start-Ups

This year’s conference focus is on how to build an ecosystem for innovation in the life sciences. How can academia, business and society establish a new collaborative for innovation? The emphasis this year will not only be on specific medical topics – such as cell and gene therapies - but also on the challenge of building a suitable frame to fulfil the mission of the BIH: Turning research into health.

  • This year's focus: Building an ecosystem for innovation in the life sciences
  • Societal and medical need: The role of cell and gene therapies and digitization
  • Future Work: The need of common laboratories and incubators
  • Stories from Real life: How to succeed when building your Startup
  • Raising funds: How to attract investors and venture capital
  • Mindset and Education: The new generation of entrepreneurial scientists and physicians


This event will take place in person. If you would like to attend the event in person, please register.

Registration link

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Climate Day of the Zukunftsorte Berlin

8. November: Lectures, panel discussion and mini-expo | Registration required →

Tuesday 8. November 2022, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

POP Kudamm, Kurfürstendamm 229, 10719 Berlin, Germany

The future is when houses make the climate and the city becomes edible!

The 11 Berlin Places of the Future with their numerous research facilities and scientific institutions provide promising solutions for the great challenges of our time.

On November 8, 2022, the Zukunftsorte Berlin will showcase important contributions from research and practice to mitigate climate change at POPkudamm (Zukunftsort Campus Charlottenburg). The focus will be on solutions from scientific institutions and science-based companies with an impact on the Berlin-Brandenburg region. Through presentations, a panel discussion and a mini-expo, we would like to engage in conversation with you!

Dr. Michael Hinz (Sustainability Officer at the Max Delbrück Center) will participate with the presentation "Entwicklung eines Niedrigenergieforschungsgebäudes".


This event will take place in person. If you would like to attend the event in person, please register.

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Cooking for the microbiome

November 9: Science meets culinary art | Registration required 

Thursyday, November 9, 2022, 5 - 10 p.m.

Pastamadre - Food Education, Groninger Str. 48, 13347 Berlin

The human body is an ecosystem: trillions of microorganisms inhabit our gut, skin and all other exposed parts. Our microbial roommates, the microbiome, make crucial and nowadays finally slowly understood contributions to keeping us healthy. They help to digest food, produce vitamins, and train the immune system, but only as long as we keep them happy, for example through the right diet.

How does this work? Who inhabits us and why? Can we cook for a healthy microbiome? And how can we use microorganisms to cook?

Join us for an evening of Science meets Art-of-Cooking at “Pastamadre”, where scientists of the Max Delbrück Center join forces with fermentation artisans to bring you the latest from microbiome research, food chemistry and healthy eating. We talk, you cook, we eat and discuss together.

Prior registration required

Cost: 35€, cooking workshop, dinner and drinks included.


This event will take place in person. If you would like to attend the event in person, please register.

Registration link


Understanding disease in 3D

November 23: Training on the topic of organoids | Zoom | Registration required →

Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Find out what mini-organs in a petri dish can do for us: a further education session not just for teachers.

Organoids have become a valuable tool for modeling disease. In this training, teachers will learn the basics about organoids and how they provide an alternative to animal models. We will highlight the use of neuromuscular organoids to model and understand diseases like spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

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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 (, des Instituts für Kristallzüchtung ( und des Instituts für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei ( 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.





© Antje Dombrowsky / Berlin Partner