Max Planck Schools Day 2021

Max Planck Schools Day 2021


Together with the three pilot Max Planck Schools – Cognition, Matter to Life and Photonics – we are looking forward to welcoming the students of the third cohort this fall. On behalf of Prof. Martin Stratmann, President of the Max Planck Society, and Prof. Peter-André Alt, President of the German Rectors' Conference, we cordially invite you to attend the annual

Max Planck Schools Day

on October 13, 2021

from 2 p.m. (CEST) onwards.

This year, the virtual event will focus on Diversity and Excellence in Science. We are excited to hear from our Fellow Prof. Christine Silberhorn about her passion for science and how this passion feeds into the Max Planck Schools. Additionally, an expert panel will give insights in how to integrate diversity in an international graduate program. Most of all, we want to once again provide students, Fellows and representatives of our partner organizations a platform to meet and network.

Join us for a lively discussion and take the opportunity to meet the people behind the success story of the Max Planck Schools!



2:00 p.m.

2:05 p.m.         

Welcome by Students

Welcome by Martin Stratmann

2:20 p.m.

My Passion for Science Lecture by Christine Silberhorn

3:00 p.m.

Input Lecture by Cülay Çağlar

3:20 p.m.

4:30 p.m

4:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion on Diversity and Excellence in Science


Insights by selected Students

5:20 p.m.

Closing by Peter-André Alt

5:30 p.m.

Networking Session





Confirmed Speakers

Welcome and Closing

Martin Stratmann

Martin Stratmann

President of the Max Planck Society
Walter Rosenthal

Walter Rosenthal

President of the German Rectors' Conference
German Rectors' Conference
Walter Rosenthal is a physician and pharmacologist and has been President of Friedrich Schiller University Jena since 2014. Previously, he was Director of what is now the Leibniz Institute for Molecular Pharmacology from 1996 to 2009 and thereafter Chairman of the foundation's board and Scientific Director of the Max Delbrück Center, a research center of the Helmholtz Association, until 2014. He is a member of the Leopoldina, the Senate of the Leibniz Association, as well as Dean of the Max Planck Schools. In 2022, he was named "Higher Education Manager of the Year" by the newspaper "Die Zeit" and the Centre for Higher Education. He is recognized as a specialist in signal transduction (G-Proteins, G-protein-coupled receptors and anchoring proteins). Since May 2023, he is now President of the German Rectors’ Conference, and he will continue as Dean of the Max Planck Schools until December 2023. © HRK/Jürgen Scheere


Passion for Science Lecture

Christine Silberhorn

Christine Silberhorn

Paderborn University
Research Topic: Quantum Optics


Input Lecture for the Panel Discussion

Gülay Çağlar

Gülay Çağlar

Freie Universität Berlin
Research Topic: Political Science with a focus on gender and diversity


Panel Discussion on Diversity and Excellence

Audrey Namdiero-Walsh

Audrey Namdiero-Walsh

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
European Operations Director & Acting Director Gender and Inclusion
Matthias Bolz

Matthias Bolz

Max Planck School of Cognition
Media & Marketing Manager
Surabhi Nath

Surabhi Nath

Max Planck Schools of Cognition
Research Topic: AI and Cognitive Science
Eberhard  Bodenschatz

Eberhard Bodenschatz

Research Topic: Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity


Student speakers

Emma Celina Brambila Tamayo

Emma Celina Brambila Tamayo

Max Planck School of Photonics
Research Topic: Enhanced Quantum Imaging
Brianda Lopez-Santini

Brianda Lopez-Santini

Max Planck School Matter to Life
Research Topic: Computational Biophysics
Caedyn Stinson

Caedyn Stinson

Max Planck School of Cognition
Research Topic: Social Cognition



Contact and further information

For any questions regarding the registration process, please contact Eurokongress:

Phone: +49 (0)89 2109860

For any questions regarding the Max Planck Schools or the Max Planck Schools Day 2021, please contact the Max Planck Schools Central Coordination Team

Phone: +49 (0)89 2108 1873

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