A Look Back: The Long Night of Science at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light
Nearly 1,500 visitors wanted to learn everything about the interaction between light and matter during this year's Long Night of Science and were guests at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen until just after midnight.
Through lectures, laboratory tours, hands-on experiments, and "Ask the Researchers" activities, our scientists demonstrated how exciting and multifaceted fundamental research conducted at our institute can be. The visitors expressed their appreciation with unbroken interest and by patiently waiting in line for admission.
Science enthusiasts from the entire metropolitan region took the opportunity to witness how new knowledge is created directly in our high-tech laboratories. Here, our researchers offered unique insights into their work. Visitors could observe the production of state-of-the-art photonic crystal fibers at MPL and the creation of new tools for science through glass melting and 3D printing. In the labs, they learned more about spinal cord regeneration in zebrafish, the deformability of blood cells and what we can deduce about a person's medical condition from it, as well as new evolution-based therapies for cancer.
The high-profile lectures were also a big draw, presenting complex physical topics in an understandable and entertaining way for the non-scientific public. The topics of the keynote lectures ranged from the significance of biological optomechanics in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, to quantum optoacoustics, artificial intelligence, neural networks, and machine learning in theoretical physics.
Three directors, ten scientific departments, two technical service units, and a total of over 100 employees of the institute ensured an informative and unforgettable Long Night of Science at our institute.
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