Science summit in Argentina

More than 45 Max Planck Directors meet up with fellow scientists from Latin America

November 14, 2016

Two high-level Max Planck symposia and one workshop will take place in Buenos Aires and Rosario in Argentina from 14 to 19 November. Leading scientists from Argentina and other Latin American countries will be participating along with more than 45 Directors from Max Planck Institutes, including the Nobel laureates Erwin Neher and Klaus von Klitzing. Besides being a forum for sharing the latest research findings with Latin American partners, the summit events are also aimed at identifying possible fields of cooperation in the physical and life sciences.

The science summit meetings will be held at Polo Científico in Buenos Aires and on the campus of the University of Rosario. Their goal is to intensify the scientific exchange and personal contacts between leading scientists and to facilitate more permanent collaborations involving research topics of mutual interest. More than 100 scientists from Argentina and Germany will speak at the summit; they include the Max Planck Nobel laureates Klaus von Klitzing (Physics, 1985) and Erwin Neher (Medicine, 1991). Taking place over several days, the meetings are being supported by the Argentinean Ministry of Science (MinCyT), the National Research Council (CONICET), the University of Rosario, the University of San Martín, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Max Planck Society and the German Embassy.

From Monday, 14 November, to Friday, 18 November, the “Frontiers in Physical Sciences” symposium will be held in Buenos Aires, jointly organized by the International Center for Advanced Studies (ICAS) of the University of San Martín and the liaison office of the Max Planck Society in Latin America. Scientists will meet at the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia on the Polo Científico Tecnológico campus between 14 and 16 November, on the campus of the University of San Martín on 17 November, and finally in the Faculty of Science at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) on 18 November. Topics of discussion will range from high-energy and particle physics, quantum physics and light-matter interactions to soft matter, quantum materials and bioanosystems, to intelligent and nonlinear systems and complexity. At the symposium, Prof. Theo Geisel, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, will be giving a public lecture on “Rhythms and Algorithms: Self-Similarity in Music”, where he will be supported by a string quartet.

From 15 to 16 November, the Max Planck Partner Laboratory for Structural Biology, Chemistry and Biophysics and the CONICET Institute for research into new pharmacological agents in Rosario will be staging a workshop on “New Perspectives and Advances in the Natural Sciences and Cancer Research”.  

Concluding the summit meetings, the second symposium will take place from 17 to 19 November 2016 on the subject of “Frontiers in Biosciences” arranged by the CONICET Partner Institute of the Max Planck Society for Biomedicine in Buenos Aires (IBIOBA) as part of a joint project with scientists from the Mercosur alliance. The symposium is dedicated to current topics in cutting-edge biological and biomedical research, with papers to be presented by more than 20 Directors from Max Planck Institutes and prominent scientists from Argentina. Speakers include the Nobel laureate Erwin Neher.

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