MPFI Launches New Series Featuring Max Planck Researchers

The series features lectures and discussions with scientists from varied disciplines, showcasing the wide breadth of research being studied throughout the Max Planck Society.

August 23, 2021

It’s rare to get a glimpse of the life-changing research that takes place in one of the 86 world-renowned Max Planck Institutes but now the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) is shining a light on the talented scientists who drive this research forward. “Curiosity Meets Discovery, a new monthly web series, debuts September 15, 2021, and features a Max Planck researcher sharing their science with the general public, followed by a discussion of the topic hosted by MPFI CEO and Scientific Director Dr. David Fitzpatrick.

The Germany-based Max Planck Society has 86 institutes worldwide, and its researchers have won the Nobel Prize a staggering 20 times, including two in 2020 alone. Max Planck Institutes take on groundbreaking research across the entire spectrum of the sciences, using a curiosity-driven approach to discovery and encouraging high-risk projects that have the potential to yield high rewards. Max Planck Florida, which is the only Max Planck Institute in North America, conceived of the series to help bring the latest Max Planck discoveries to a larger, international audience of science enthusiasts.

“There is such incredible work being done in the Max Planck Society by some of the most talented and creative thinkers of our time. It has been a tremendous pleasure to talk with these scientists and learn about their discoveries. I can’t wait to share these conversations with a wider audience,” said Fitzpatrick.

In its inaugural season, “Curiosity Meets Discovery” features researchers who study topics like moral courage, aging, and climate change. The series even includes a special episode with 2020 Nobel Prize Winner Reinhart Genzel discussing his award-winning research on black holes.

To learn more about the series and to sign up for episodes, visit