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MtL Lecture Series with Kai Sundmacher on 24 January, 2024 at 3 pm
Kai Sundmacher
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg & University of Magdeburg more
MtL Lecture Series with Kerstin Göpfrich on 15 November at 3 pm

MtL Lecture Series with Kerstin Göpfrich on 15 November at 3 pm

Lecture topic: "Overriding the Central Dogma: Engineering a Synthetic Model Cell"

Kerstin Göpfrich

Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg & Heidelberg University
Register now for an info session!
During the application phase, we offer several info sessions. Get to know the Max Planck School Matter to Life and the programs we offer. This also includes an extensive Q & A - it is your opportunity to ask away! more
Recap: MtL Fall Days 2023
From molecular marvels like DNA origami to the future of gene therapy with CRISPR, the MtL Fall Days 2023 in Munich were packed with insights and discussions. And with a blend of esteemed faculty talks, enlightening student presentations, and Oktoberfest celebrations, the event was a great mix of fun and learning. Read the full recap! more
MtL Lecture Series with Stefan Diez on 11 October at 3 pm

MtL Lecture Series with Stefan Diez on 11 October at 3 pm

Lecture topic: "Emergence of directional reversals and torsional forces in cytoskeletal motor systems"

Stefan Diez
Technical University of Dresden
Philipp Baur snorkeling in a cool pose, holding a bag to collect his samples
Read the interview with Philipp Baur, one of our first MPS MtL PhD students! You will get an insight into his experiences doing research within the MPS MtL, his academic path and his current activities, leading up to his thesis. more
MPSP and MPS MtL Joint Location Visit
On May 11 and 12, we had the pleasure of having a two days joint event in Göttingen, bringing together some of the students of the MPSP (Max Planck School of Photonics) and MPS MtL. This event was a fantastic opportunity for our schools to meet, share knowledge, and explore each other's science labs. more
MtL Lecture Series with Petra Schwille on 17 May at 3 pm

MtL Lecture Series with Petra Schwille on 17 May at 3 pm

Lecture topic: "Why does it have to be so complicated? Reconstructing bacterial cell division."

Petra Schwille
MPI of Biochemistry, Munich & Technical University of Munich
MtL Spring Days 2023

MtL Spring Days 2023

March 29, 2023
Our MtL Spring Days 2023 were two days of science, thought-provoking lectures and discussions around the topics of “Science in Matter to Life” and “Sustainability in Matter to Life” - this time in a multi-hub event format at the University of Göttingen and at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

Read our recap to learn more!  more
Prof. Dr. Metin Tolan and Prof. Dr. Bernhard Eitel shake hands after signing the Matter to Life joint degree contract
On 2 February 2023, the joint degree contract for the study program Matter to Life was signed by the President of the University of Göttingen, Prof. Metin Tolan, and the Rector of Heidelberg University, Prof. Bernhard Eitel. Read the full article to learn how future MtL students will benefit from the joint degree!

Picture ©University of Göttingen/ Peter Heller more
Prof. Joachim Raedler from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

MtL Lecture Series with Joachim Rädler on 23 February at 3 pm

Lecture topic: "Cell migration on single cell microarrays - matching mechanisms to statistics"

Joachim Rädler 
LMU Munich
Interview with MtL URO participant Khanh Tran
"My experience as a Matter to Life URO candidate was truly one of the most enriching, memorable, and overall fun experiences of my life" says Khanh Tran about her internship in the lab of MtL Fellow Michael Boutros in the summer of 2022. Read the full interview to learn more about her experience! more
Matter to Life Doktorandin Aysecan Ünal
On Tuesday, December 19th, you can ask our PhD student Aysecan Ünal any questions about our program.
Join the ASK ME ANYTHING on our Instagram channel! 

Copyright picture: Heidelberg University more
Prof. Baur in front of a big tree
Look forward to an exciting triple feature with our MtL guest Peter Baur on December 15! He will give us some fascinating insights into his research on diffusion processes through plant membranes, tell us what we can learn from the Amazon, and finally discuss with us the pros and cons of working in industry and academia.

Join us for this great event on December 15 at 4:30pm - register now at Zoom! more
Matter to Life Students at the MtL Fall Days 2022 in Aachen
At the end of September, we spent the MtL Fall Days in Aachen, hosted by our local partner institution DWI - Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials.
These have been the first MtL Days in person and many students and Fellows met for the very first time! more
Guest lecture: Ashutosh Chilkoti who is leading the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University has shared insights from his work on November 23.

Talk by Ashutosh Chilkoti

Ashutosh Chilkoti who is leading the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University will share insights from his latest work!
Please note that there will be small change in his talk. The new title is: “Functional Biomolecular Condensates from Synthetic Intrinsically Disordered Proteins”.

Join the talk by our special guest on November 23 at 3 pm CET on Zoom - Register now!
Irene Pellini with a large river in the background
Irene Pellini is an undergraduate student of Physics at L'Università di Torino, Italy and completed her MtL-URO internship in the lab of MtL Fellow Joachim Spatz in the summer of 2022. Enjoy reading her interview! 
Watch one of our recent info sessions about the MPS MtL on YouTube!

Watch one of our recent info sessions about the MPS MtL on YouTube!

Do you want to learn more about the MPS MtL? Watch the recording on YouTube for an overview about the school and our programs!
Participants of the Max Plancks Schools at the reception in the Harnack Haus Berlin
All three Max Planck Schools got together at the fourth annual Max Planck Schools Day on 5 September. Learn more here! more
Students, Fellows and coordinators of the Max Planck School Matter to Life standing in front of Ringberg Castle
We spent a productive week at Ringberg Castle at lake Tegernsee. But not only did we learn a lot, we also had a ton of fun! Read our recap here: more
Fellows Open Call 2022
The Max Planck Schools call on forward-thinking scientists in the interdisciplinary research fields "Cognition", "Matter to Life" and "Photonics" to apply for the positions as Max Planck Schools Fellows. Apply now and become a Fellow of the Max Planck Schools. more
MtL Discussions - Microfluidics 11 May 22 at 3 pm CEST

MtL Discussions - Microfluidics 11 May 22 at 3 pm CEST

In our new virtual format, our MtL Fellows will highlight one method or technique used within our broad research network. You will get an overview of the method or technique itself, as well as learn how it is applied in the different MtL research areas. In a subsequent discussion round, different aspects, opportunities and limitations will be discussed! Your questions and contributions are welcome!  Join us for our first session on May 11th at 3 pm!

Presentations and Panel Discussion chaired by Katharina Landfester from MPI for Polymer Research (Mainz), joined by Sarah Köster from University of Göttingen and Joachim Rädler from LMU Munich.
Recap: MtL Spring Days 2022
Our annual Spring Days took place from 13 to 14 April. We spent two days learning about the research within our network and discussing Matter to Life. Read our recap here! more
New MtL Fellows!
We are happy to welcome two new members to our MtL Faculty: Stefan Diez from TU Dresden and Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann from University of Göttingen! Visit our Faculty page to learn more about their research interests. more
Online learning in a Pandemic: The Importance of a Community
Anne Pawsey, the teaching and e-learning coordinator of the Max Planck School Matter to Life, reports on how important it is to collaborate with the e-learning team of the Max Planck Schools and the wider community to meet the challenges for learning and teaching that were thrown up by the pandemic. Read the full article to learn more.

“My experience as a Matter to Life URO candidate was incredible in all senses.”
Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz is a Bachelor student in nanotechnology and chemistry at Universidad de las Américas Puebla in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico. He did his MtL URO research internship in the lab of Karin Jacobs at Saarland University in summer 2021.
Check out the interview about his experience with the URO program. more
The Matter to Life faculty is growing!
New Fellows have been appointed and eleven scientists from various universities and research institutions will join the MtL faculty in October! We are looking forward to exploring answers to the questions in the interdisciplinary research field of MtL together and are more than excited to see what results the future will bring. more
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