We very much care about making science comprehensible and accessible for the public. This is why we offer a broad range of formats for different audiences. Many of these events are organized together with partners from our scientific network, such as DRESDEN-concept, and our three founding institutions, the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics Dresden (MPI-CBG), the Max-Planck-Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPI-PKS), and the TU Dresden.
You can find detailed information on upcoming public events in the MPI-CBG Schedule of Events.
The Dresdner Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Dresden Science Night) is Dresden’s major science event. Once a year in summer, 125 research institutions open their doors to the public between 6pm and 1am to show what they do – with talks, presentations, and science shows in almost 100 locations. More than 30,000 visitors join the event Dresden-wide.
The CSBD has joined the program of the neighbouring MPI-CBG since 2017, when its new building was opened. We offer fascinating experiments with Artificial Intelligence, exciting excursions into Virtual Reality, or surprising physical phenomena, all hosted by our researchers. A fun summer night with loads of science!
We are not only educating kids, but believe in lifelong learning. This is why we also offer a seminar series for the Seniorenakademie Dresden every semester. This program is targeted at retired people in Dresden, who can enroll and hear lectures and seminars at the Technische Universität Dresden. The CSBD joined this program in 2017, and offers a number of talks in German by postdocs and predocs. Actually, we believe that this audience is the best audience! The older ladies and gentlemen are well prepared, ask really tricky questions and will not stop asking until they get what the speaker wanted to get across. So this is a perfect chance for postdocs and also for predocs to learn the basics of science communication by giving a talk in front of a non-scientific audience.
In the DIPP School Project “Science goes to school”, multinational teams of PhD students offer two-hour workshops with hands-on experiments at Dresden schools. After experimental work, PhD students are available for discussion on diverse subjects as science, career models or how foreigners experience living in Dresden. The workshops aim at students from 8th to 12th grade (14 to 18 years), they are being held in English.
In 2011, the DIPP School Project was awarded the “Saxon Integration Award”, which recognizes projects in Saxony that support tolerance and respect for people of different cultural, religious or ethnic backgrounds, and was recognized as “Hochschulperle” by the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft in January 2013.
Since 2015, the open-air dinner “Dresden isst bunt – A Banquet for Everyone” takes place in the city center to demonstrate the hospitality and cosmopolitanism of Dresden. Everyone is invited to sit down at one of the 250 tables forming a huge star-shape table. Many Dresdeners and Non-Dresdeners come by, bring their favorite food and make it a truly multicultural and colorful banquet. While sharing a meal, people can talk to each other, make new friends, sing or dance together. The event is complemented by a vibrant cultural program, including live-music, artistic performances, open-air tango, kids-painting, and much, much more.
As a flagship of internationality, the CSBD and the MPI-CBG actively support the event with an own table. Many international scientists from both institutions bring their local specialties and share it with the people coming by.
The campaign "Dresden Eats Colorful - A Banquet for Everyone" was initiated by the Cellex Foundation and the alliance "Dresden.Respekt". It is financed by donations from more than 40 local companies and associations, and supported by over 90 cultural partners.
Girls’ Day is a German-wide campaign, where a wide range of professions and activities is presented to school girls from 5th grade onwards. Companies, businesses and universities all over Germany open their doors to encourage female students to pursue technical professions and fields, where women are still under-represented, such as in the “STEM” fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Girls´Day is an initiative of the Federal Ministries for Education and Research (BMBF), and for Family Affairs, the Elderly, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).
We take part in the Girls’ Day every year and encourage the discussion between our scientists and interested girls to help overcoming gender imbalances and to support female careers in science. At the CSBD, the girls get a glimpse on how we work, explore Virtual Reality in our CAVE and can actively restore microscopy images with the help of Artificial Intelligence. They also get the opportunity to hear about career paths in science from our staff. Girls' Day at the CSBD is organized together with the Faculty of Computer Science at the TU Dresden.
The famous German kids’ TV show "Die Sendung mit der Maus" calls for a nationwide open house day, the "Türöffner-Tag", every year. On October 3, several hundred institutions, companies, research laboratories, associations and workshops open doors that would otherwise remain closed to children. Behind these doors, many exciting things can be discovered by the kids. At the CSBD and the neighbouring MPI-CBG, curious children can do experiments with light microscopy or dive deep into Virtual Reality in the CAVE. We are taking part in this day since 2017, with an alternating program each year.
The Children’s university is organized by the TU Dresden and the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden. Four times a term, professors, doctors or other experts offer talks for over 500 children, ages 8 to 12. We participated several times with speakers who explained how organisms form or what DNA can tell us about the abilities of creatures.