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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! 
Call to register for the information session about the Max Planck School Matter to Life program
The applicant portals for the MSc to PhD Direct Track as well as the MtL-URO program open in November! Register now for an info session where our coordinators and Fellows will give you an overview of the School and answer any questions you may have.  more
Participants of the Max Plancks Schools at the reception in the Harnack Haus Berlin

Recap: Max Planck Schools Day 2022 in Berlin

All three Max Planck Schools got together at the fourth annual Max Planck Schools Day on 5 September. Learn more here!
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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