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Kunst am Fassberg - Graphical art by Johannes Eidt

October 16, 2017
In the framework of its exhibition series Kunst am Fassberg, the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry presents graphics by the artist Johannes Eidt. The exhibition Fortschreitend will be opened on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 4 pm in the institute's foyer and may be visited until November 22, 2017. Admission is free. (in German) [more]
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Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Award Lecture to Jennifer Doudna and John Sutherland

September 12, 2017
This year's Karl Friedrich Bonhoeffer Award Lectures will be given by Jennifer Doudna and John Sutherland. They will present their talks on Friday, September 15, 2017, and on Monday, September 18, 2017, respectively, at 5 pm in the Manfred Eigen Hall at the institute. (in German) [more]
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Göttingen researchers participate in Max Planck Schools

September 04, 2017
In 2018, three selected Max Planck Schools will start with a five-year pilot phase. Each school bundles the excellence spread across Germany into an innovative research field to attract outstanding young scientists worldwide and to train them under optimal conditions. The University of Göttingen and the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry are part of the Max Planck School of Photonics and  together with the MPI for Dynamics and for Self-Organization  of the new Max Planck School on Physics, Chemistry and Construction of Life. (in German) [more]
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On honey bees, hot springs, and the fuel and fire of thinking

August 30, 2017
Eight renowned researchers and science authors from Germany and abroad will present their exciting findings from the natural and social sciences in this year’s lecture series Wissenschaft beim Göttinger Literaturherbst. From October 13 to 22, they will provide comprehensible insight into their respective field of research. (in German) [more]
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Properly sorted – error-free chromosome segregation in egg cells requires actin

August 25, 2017
The maturation process of mammalian egg cells is highly error-prone. If in humans, for instance, chromosomes are not reliably segregated during egg maturation, this may lead to spontaneous abortion or chromosomal anomalies such as Down Syndrome. Scientists at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry now show in the mouse model that the structural protein actin protects egg cells from mistakes during chromosome segregation. [more]
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Awards for outstanding vocational training and apprenticeship

August 18, 2017
The IT & Electronics Service at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry has two reasons two celebrate: The service facility was awarded the Ausbildungsstättenpreis of the Max Planck Society (MPS) for its excellent vocational training. Moreover, Philip Schwarzer of the IT & Electronics Service receives the 2017 MPG-Azubipreis for his outstanding performance during his apprenticeship. (in German) [more]
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Otto Hahn Medals and Otto Hahn Award for young scientists from our institute

June 21, 2017
Zohreh Farsi and Svenja Janke have received the prestigious Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society for their achievements during their PhD at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. In addition, Zohreh Farsi was honored with the Otto Hahn Award which allows her to continue her research in Germany with an own research group. (in German) [more]
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Molecular link between Parkinson's disease and black skin cancer discovered

June 07, 2017
People with Parkinson's disease are less likely to develop malignant tumors – with one exception: the risk of getting black skin cancer is more than doubled in Parkinson's patients. Researchers from Göttingen and Munich have now found a molecular link between these two diseases. The protein alpha-synuclein, which obviously damages nerve cells, protects cells of black skin cancer from a collapse of their "garbage collection" and their recycling program. (in German) [more]
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Manfred Eigen, Nobel Laureate and founder of our institute, is turning 90

May 09, 2017
Manfred Eigen, longtime Director and the founder of our institute, is celebrating his 90th birthday on May 9, 2017. Additionally, it is the 50th anniversary of his receiving the 1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his ground-breaking research on ultrafast chemical reactions. (in German) [more]
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Science and technology at first hand – Zukunftstag

April 27, 2017
At the "Future Day for Girls and Boys" (Zukunftstag für Mädchen und Jungen) on April 27, 2017, about 70 pupils obtained insights into science and technology at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry. During the visits the various departments, facilities, and workshops of the institute they gained first experiences working as an animal keeper, or carpenter, a communication technician, a computer scientist, an electronic engineer, precision mechanic, or a researcher. [more]
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Kunst am Fassberg Art by Christa Mayr

April 11, 2017
In the framework of its exhibition series Kunst am Fassberg, the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry will present paintings and art objects by the German artist Christa Mayr. The exhibition can be visited from April 22 to May 16, 2017, in the foyer of the institute. It is open Monday until Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The opening event will be held on April 22, 2017, at 4 pm. (in German) [more]
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ERC Advanced Grant for Alec Wodtke

April 07, 2017
The Göttingen chemist Alec Wodtke was awarded an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council. His work will be funded with 2.5 million Euros over the next five years. Wodtke explores what happens when atoms or molecules from the gas phase impinge upon solid surfaces. With such "nano crash tests", it is possible to investigate the physical laws underlying chemical reactions. His experiments shall contribute to insights important for photocatalysis, microelectronics, and photovoltaics. (in German) [more]
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