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Nacht des Wissens (Night of Science) on July 09

Come along with our scientists on a journey to discover primate research
The fifth "Nacht des Wissens" in Göttingen will take place on July 09 2022 from 5 pm to midnight. Image: Göttingen Campus
Ein Kind probiert bei der Nacht des Wissens 2019 am Info-Stand der Abteilung Neurobiologie aus, ob es die Objekte in den Boxen "ertasten" kann. Foto: Karin Tilch
At the "Nacht des Wissens 2019", a child tries to identify the objects in the boxes at the information stand of the Neurobiology Department by touch. Photo: Karin Tilch
Die Wissenschaftler*innen der Abteilung Infektionsbiologie posieren bei der Nacht des Wissens 2019 mit einer Schaufensterpuppe in Labor-Schutzkleidung. Foto: Susanne Diederich
The scientists of the Infection Biology Department are posing with a dummy wearing safety clothes for the laboratory. Photo: Susanne Diederich

Finally, the time has come again: We are looking forward to the fifth "Nacht des Wissens" in Göttingen. On this evening from 5 p.m. to midnight, the diversity of science will be visible and tangible for everyone at more than 25 different locations. The DPZ will once again participate with exciting hands-on activities on primate research. In direct exchange with our scientists you can discover research questions in neuroscience, medical technology, behavioural biology and infection biology!

Wink, deceive, look away: How we interact with others

When we decide between two options, it is not only our own preferences that matter, but also those of others. How do we incorporate the behaviour and social cues of opponents or teammates to predict their decisions? You can experience for yourself how we investigate these research questions experimentally on our novel experimental platform.

Hands-on activities on brain research

Test on yourself whether you can trust your eyes and learn how attention is controlled. We show how hand movements are planned in the brain and how this information can be used to control neuroprostheses. Try out the training box for grasping movements and experience how your hand acts in a virtual environment.

Have I seen you somewhere before?

Find out how well you can recognise faces in our live experiment! You can test your face perception with us and receive background information on the neuronal basis of this ability. If you then provide us with your high score for our data evaluation, you are part of a great research project!

Looking beneath the surface

Can you watch the brain think and the heart beat? Our scientists will demonstrate how they use magnetic resonance imaging to study the function of our organs. Let yourself be surprised by an unusual quiz and inspired by the insights into the insides of the bodies of humans and animals.

Monkey friendships

Monkeys are social animals that form close bonds with other group members. Learn about the observation methods we use to study the social behaviour of wild baboons at the DPZ field station Simenti. You can code the behavior yourself using videos and compete against the computer programme that we use to automatically recognise the identity of the monkeys.

Where are they walking? - Insights into field research on baboons in Senegal

Follow free-ranging baboons on their way through the Senegalese savannah and look "over the shoulder" of the researchers at their work. An interactive video platform invites you to get to know the baboons' foraging area in Niokolo-Koba National Park and the DPZ field station "Simenti".

Alpha, Delta and Omikron - What can the SARS-CoV-2 Spike do?

Become a researcher yourself, test the work in the safety lab with pipette and microscope and playfully fight SARS-CoV-2. Learn background knowledge about the structure of the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, differences between the variants or which pets are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 from our researchers.