550 researchers from all over the world at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) are almost always in action - not only for the Dresden Science Night (Dresdner Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften) on July 8, 2022, but especially then! We are looking forward to welcome you this year in person again from 5pm to midnight. We prepared an exciting program for you and we'll hope to see many of you here that evening.

Full program of the 2022 Dresden Science Night:

Program of the MPI-CBG on the Dresden Science Night website.




Guided tours in Russian and Ukrainian through our MPI-CBG Science Night program

This year we also offer guided tours in Russian or Ukrainian to our science stations. Just ask at the reception desk! One of our employees will then guide you through the house. We are looking forward to international visitors!

Program in Ukrainian language

Ексурсії українською та російською мовами присвячені Ночі науки в Інституті клітинної біології та генетики (MPI-CBG)

Завітайте до стійки реєстрації та один з наших українських чи російських співробітників залюбки проведуть для вас екскурсію різноманітними науковими станціями. З нетерпінням чекаємо на наших інтернаціональних відвідувачів!

Програма українською

Our program at MPI-CBG:

Hand-on exhibition

FOR KIDS: Little researchers and small fruit eaters

5:00 - 9:00pm
Want to work like a scientist in a white coat and rubber gloves? No problem - we have everything for you. You can pipette yourself or look at fruit flies under the microscope and estimate how many flies are flying around in a tube. You can also navigate a laser to its destination in a mirror maze.

What lives in the pond?

5:00 - 9:00pm
Discover water creatures from the institute’s pond. Water samples can be taken and our scientists are happy to help investigating. You will be amazed at how the pond buzzes with life!

Huge effort for smallest structures 

5:00pm - 0:00am
Follow us as we take you on our difficult journey to the center of the cell, revealing the beauty and fascination of the building blocks. See how these smallest structures can be visualized.

Live in the Lab - About cells, mice and microinjection techniques

5:00pm - 0:00am
Information on embryonic stem cells, micro-injection systems, transgenic mice and animal welfare.

What are the forces that make us grow?

5:00pm - 0:00am
The research group of Otger Campàs at the Cluster of Excellence Physics of Life at TU Dresden has developed several new tools to measure and apply forces within developing embryos and miniature, lab-grown organs. To measure forces, scientists put magnetic oil droplets into a tissue and image them with a microscope to see the forces put on the droplet. Observe those forces in action!

FOR KIDS: Research expedition to the zebrafish

5:00 - 9:20pm
Look at the fish room with zebrafish in the basement! On this expedition you'll learn why these little fish sometimes have stripes and sometimes dots, why they are so interesting to scientists, and why the sofa of the fish here is green.

Wondrous miniature pancreas

5:00pm - 0:00am
Learn about miniature organ models (organoids)! The research group around the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) director Dr. Anne Grapin-Botton developed a 3D method to grow pancreas organoids from mouse embryos as well as human stem cells. This model is used to understand how the complex structure of pancreas is formed from a small group of cells in the embryo.

Droplets in the cell

5:00pm - 0:00am
Every cell contains millions of protein molecules. Some of them show the ability to form non membrane-bound compartments inside the cell – so called called biomolecular condensates¬ –, like oil segregates from water. The group of Anthony Hyman discovered that these condensates are widespread in biology. His group studies their role in various processes such as their involvement in neurodegenerative diseases. Come and have a closer look on how protein condensation forms inside nematodes!

Proteins to go – Build your own protein

5:00pm - 0:00am
They are known from shakes, chicken and egg white: proteins. But what exactly are they? And what do proteins do in our body? Discover how your body builds complex, three-dimensional proteins from small building blocks, the amino acids, and what they are used for in your body. Come by and build your own protein to go.

Discover liver architecture

5:00pm - 0:00am
Have you ever seen a transparent liver? Come and see how cells organize inside the tissue, how this organization is changed when your liver is sick, and how these changes translate into reduced function.


TALK: From cell to organ with ‚mini pancreases‘

5:30 - 6:00pm
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics are studying the interaction of cells in the development of an organ such as the pancreas and the treatment of associated diseases such as diabetes. To be able to observe how this organ develops they mimic (or imitate) the formation of the organ outside of the body in the form of mouse or human pancreas organoids ('mini pancreas'), which grow in a 3D environment. Learn how researchers grow 'mini-pancreases' and what they research with them.


TALK: Let it glow! How Chemists Make Fats Glow in the Cell and Why

7:30 - 8:00pm
Scientists at the MPI-CBG are interested in investigating causes of diseases at the cellular level, which are the basis for novel diagnostic and therapeutic options. It is important to find out how biomolecules (for example proteins or lipids) are transported within cells and how they interact with each other. The greatest challenge is to make individual molecules visible under the microscope. Find out how chemists can make fat molecules glow and study their transport in the cell.  

TALK: Virtual experiments make the unexpected possible

6:30 - 7:00pm
Virtual experiments allow researchers in all scientific fields to explore things that could otherwise not be seen. Last year, for example, astrophysicists were able to simulate star formation in gas clouds. At the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and at the Center for Systems Biology in Dresden, researchers are using virtual experiments to find out, how tissues and entire organisms are formed from cells.

TALK: Swimming algae in research 

8:30 - 9:00pm
Learn what green unicellular organisms have to do with infertility and liver disease in humans, and why algae offer hope for agriculture.