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May 2014: The Max Planck Science Tunnel

Thursday, May 29, 2014

May 2014: The Max Planck Science Tunnel

New technologies today build on a broad spectrum of scientific findings. Fundamental discoveries in one discipline at present can lead to crucial advances in vastly different areas in the future. After centuries of diversification, the life sciences, natural sciences, and engineering disciplines are converging once again.

The Max Planck Science Tunnel, a highly successful international science communications initiative, takes visitors on a journey through the major fields of basic research - from the marvels of the brain and the origins of space to the future of sustainable energy supply.

This traveling, hands-on exhibition uses objects, illustrations, interviews, films, and experiential augmented reality media spaces to offer visitors new insights and perspectives on cutting-edge research and future technologies. From quarks and the cosmos to the building blocks of life, the exhibition focuses on eight key areas: the universe, matter, life, complexity, the brain, health, energy, and society.

The tunnel has become an international sensation, traveling the globe from Shanghai and Seoul to Johannesburg and Lima, to prove that science has no bounds. Over nine million people worldwide have experienced versions one and two of the tunnel since its millennial debut at the World's Fair in Hanover, Germany. Version 3.0 is currently on display until June 23 in Beijing, China.

By highlighting science in the media as a cultural activity, the Max Planck Society is reaffirming its belief in the importance of science education and its commitment to knowledge as public property. Research not only enriches cultural and educational opportunities for the general populous, but it also helps nations safeguard future economic prosperity. As Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society, once stated, "Research at the frontiers of knowledge provides the basis for the development of innovations." By supporting this education initiative, the Max Planck Society is investing in future scientists who will help address the challenges of a world in transition.

To watch a video about the Max Planck Science Tunnel 3.0, click here.

Source: © Max Planck Society

Image: © Jan Braun, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum