Science Meets Music at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

January 31, 2023

A crowd of more than 500 turned out on January 18 to enjoy the sounds of the Palm Beach Symphony—in tune with a lecture on gene transcription at Science Meets Music. 

 Science Meets Music, held at the Benjamin Upper School and presented by Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), showcases visionary neuroscientists and virtuoso musicians side by side.  

 This resonating performance and lecture series focuses on curiosity and dedication—shared values that drive artists and scientists to explore breakthrough ideas with discipline, perfection, and attention to detail. 

 Welcoming featured speaker Dr. Patrick Cramer, incoming president of the international Max Planck Society, was a particular delight for the South Florida scientific community. In preparation for his presidency in June 2023, Cramer is visiting each Max Planck location around the world—MPFI is the only Max Planck Institute in the U.S.  

 About International MPS President-elect Dr. Patrick Cramer 

In June 2022, the Max Planck Society Senate in Berlin unanimously appointed Cramer president-elect of the international society. He will assume the role in June 2023.  

 Cramer is a chemist and molecular biologist working as Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute for Neurosciences in Göttingen, Germany. In his lecture, Cramer shared his work researching how cells grow and change in a process known as gene transcription. 

 Founded in 1948, the Max Planck Society conducts research in the natural sciences, life sciences, and humanities at 86 Institutes, Facilities, and Centers around the world. With a budget of nearly 2 billion Euros, the Society produces more than 15,000 research publications annually and has had 30 Nobel Laureates in its storied history. 

 Up Next for Science Meets Music 

The next installment of Science Meets Music will be held on March 15 at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin Upper School in Palm Beach Gardens. 

 MPFI Research Group Leader Hidehiko Inagaki will discuss his research into how cellular and network mechanisms influence brain functions like movement and decision-making. He will be joined by musicians Jordan Anderson (cello) and Royhei Yasuda (cello), both of whom are also MPFI researchers. Admission is free, and registration is required. Get more details and register now. 

 About Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience 

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI), a 501(c)3 not-for-profit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with more than 80 institutes worldwide. As its first U.S. institution, MPFI brings together exceptional neuroscientists from around the world to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function and to develop new technologies that make groundbreaking scientific discoveries possible. Learn more. 

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Pictures from the January 18, 2023 Science Meets Music