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Nacht des Wissens (3rd Night of Science) 2017

Discover the world of primate research with a researcher's passport
Save the Date! On January 21st from 5 pm to 12 pm the third „Nacht des Wissens“ (night of knowledge) takes place in Göttingen. Graphic: Göttingen Campus
Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) in an outdoor enclosure at the German Primate Center. Photo: Karin Tilch
Rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) in an outdoor enclosure at the German Primate Center. Photo: Karin Tilch
Banner ad of the Nacht des Wissens 2016. Graphic: Göttingen Campus
Banner ad of the Nacht des Wissens 2016. Graphic: Göttingen Campus
Surface reconstructions of human brain and macaque brain, view from the top. Color maps show activations representing left and right visual space (red- right, blue-left, purple-both). Photo: Igor Kagan
Surface reconstructions of human brain and macaque brain, view from the top. Color maps show activations representing left and right visual space (red- right, blue-left, purple-both). Photo: Igor Kagan
Maintenancce of a robotic hand in the workshop of the DPZ's Neurobiology Laboratory. Photo: Thomas Steuer
Maintenancce of a robotic hand in the workshop of the DPZ's Neurobiology Laboratory. Photo: Thomas Steuer

The University of Göttingen and the University Medical Center as well as the institutes of the Göttingen Campus will open their doors on January 21st from 5 pm to 12 pm. People of all ages will be provided with a variety of experiments, guided tours, lectures and hands-on activities. The DPZ will also participate and once again presents exciting insights into the world of primate research.  Visitors can go on a journey of discouvery through infection biology, neurosciences and behavioral research with a researcher's passport. 


Influenza, HIV and Co. – detecting pathogens

Become a scientist and work with a pipette and a fluorescence microscope. Or try the clothes for a biological safety laboratory. Learn how to prevent viruses from entering cells. Let us demonstrate how you can detect dangerous viruses such as Ebola or Zika in just 15 with the use of a solar-powered suitcase lab.

Hands-on activities in brain research

Test how playful learning works and whether you can trust your eyes. Learn how your hand movements are planned in the brain and how this information is used to control neuroprosthetics. Play "rock-paper-scissors" against a computer and experience the reaction of your hand in a virtual environment.

Pictures say more than 1000 words

Is it possible to see how the brain thinks? Our scientists demonstrate how magnetic resonance tomography is used to investigate the function of our organs. We have prepared an extraordinary quiz and hope to inspire you with a display of images.

Communication is everything

Find out how we recognize faces again after many years. Learn about the vocalization of our closest relatives in the monkey voices quiz. Barbary macaques, Baboons and co. have their own way of expressing themselves vocally.

The German Primate Center exhibits on the first floor of the Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG), Platz der Göttinger Sieben, 537073 Göttingen.