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Patrick Cramer, President of the Max Planck Society

Patrick Cramer – A Portrait
In conversation with medical journalist and presenter Dr Florence Randrianarisoa, who first visited him at the MPI for Multidisciplinary Sciences in Göttingen, Patrick Cramer talks about his research, what excites him about it and what special moments he has experienced. On a second visit, Patrick Cramer had arrived in Munich and gives insights into the ideas and goals of his presidency.
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Prof. Patrick Cramer | President of the Max Planck Society [YouTube]
The 54-year-old chemist and structural and molecular biologist took office as president of the Max Planck Society on June 22, 2023. In this video, he outlines his fields of action for his term from 2023 to 2029.
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Opening Ceremony of the first Dioscuri Centres in Czechia [YouTube]
May 17, 2024 (Akademie věd České republiky)
The event was hosted jointly by the President of the Max Planck Society (MPG) and the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT), organizers of the Dioscuri Programme in Czechia, as well as the Czech Academy of Sciences and Masaryk University, hosts of the first Dioscuri Centres.
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EBENEN - Unique journeys in research & science [YouTube]
29. February 2024 (Deutsche Roentgengesellschaft)
Röntgen Academy - Learning experiences around the X-rays. We meet experts and award winners at the birthplace of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen for the EBENEN interview format.  One guest, one topic and three stages: Experience, Deepen, Explore. From the surface to the depths, from the general to the detailed, from the simple to the complex.
Our first guest is Prof Dr Patrick Cramer, chemist and molecular biologist, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Natural Sciences, President of the Max Planck Society and winner of the Röntgen Plaque 2023 for his groundbreaking research into decoding the gene transcription mechanism using X-ray methods.
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Corona and (no) end? Looking back on an eventful time
5 February 2024 (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie d. Wissenschaften)
Four years have passed since the German public first heard about a virus that began to spread rapidly. The first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Germany was reported in January 2020. What happened after that is well known: Waves of infection, overcrowded hospitals, social distancing and hygiene rules, lockdowns.... How do we look back on this period today, which - overlaid by further crises - seems to have disappeared from the centre of public attention, but is still ongoing? How do we assess the rapid pace of its spread and the associated maximum deceleration of social life? Chemist Patrick Cramer (Academy Member, President of the Max Planck Society), physicist Viola Priesemann (Young Academy, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation) and political scientist Barbara Prainsack (University of Vienna, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin) take a look back with presenter Anja Martini (NDR) at how the pandemic has been dealt with and look ahead to the research questions that arise now and in the future in connection with Covid-19. How should the measures and their communication be evaluated in retrospect? What research has Covid-19 triggered and what research questions will arise in the future?  (German language)
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Max Planck President: Curiosity-driven cutting-edge research
29. Januar 2024 (Deutschlandfunk / Kultur) [Podcast]
It all started with the Hobbythek: Fascinated by the experiments on the TV screen, Patrick Cramer started experimenting himself - even if it was with nitric acid at the lunch table. In 2000, he solved one of the greatest mysteries in molecular biology. (German language)
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Prelude 2024 [YouTube]
On 12 December 2023, the Max Planck Society invited around 300 guests from science and politics to its annual reception in the Festsaal Kreuzberg in Berlin. In his speech, President Patrick Cramer expressed his concern for the open society in Germany and emphasised the importance of education as a guarantor against populist infiltration of democracy. (German language)
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No decline: Where Germany is better than its reputation
15.12.2023 (BR / Quer)
The word of the year in Germany: "Krisenmodus" (translated: crisis mode). Many people have the impression that there is only one direction in Germany: downhill. But is that true? The Nobel Prizes were only awarded on Sunday and one of them went to physicist Ferenc Krausz, who conducts research at the Max Planck Institute in Garching.  (German language) more
Eins zu Eins. Der Talk: Patrick Cramer, President of the Max Planck Society
3.12.2023 (BR Podcast)
Patrick Cramer was a passionate researcher for over three decades: Göttingen, Munich and Stanford were just some of the places where his biochemical research took place. Since June, he has been President of the Max Planck Society and is responsible for the course of 85 research institutes with 24,000 employees from 127 countries. Moderator: Jeanne Turczynski (German language) more
The Shaw Prize Lecture in Life Science and Medicine 2023  [YouTube]
13th November 2023 (University of Hong Kong)
Professor Patrick Cramer and Professor Eva Nogales, Shaw Laureates in Life Science and Medicine 2023, delivered the Shaw Prize Lecture on 13th November 2023.
“Molecular and cellular mechanisms of transcription and its regulation” by Patrick Cramer and “Visualising the molecular choreography in early stages of human gene transcription” by Eva Nogales. 
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The Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine 2023
This year’s Shaw Prize recipients, Professor Patrick Cramer and Professor Eva Nogales, pioneered structural biology approaches to enable visualisation, at the level of the individual atoms, of the protein machines responsible for gene transcription. They revealed the molecular mechanism underlying each step in gene transcription, and the importance of proper gene transcription to promote health and prevent disease.
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The Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony 2023 - Acceptance Speech by Prof. Patrick Cramer [Youtube]
“Let us never forget how science can serve humankind, how it can build bridges, and how it can unite us across space and time.”
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55th meeting of the Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment (German Bundestag)
On 11 October 2023, Prof. Dr Patrick Cramer, President of the Max Planck Society, and Prof. Dr Wolfgang Wick, Chairman of the German Council of Science and Humanities, visited the Bundestag's Committee on Education, Research and Technology Assessment. (German language) more
Transformative Science for a Changing World | Inaugural Address Prof. Patrick Cramer [YouTube]
22 June 2023
Inaugural Speech of the new President of the Max Planck Society, Patrick Cramer, on the occasion of taking office on 22 June 2023 in Göttingen.
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Growing up in Academia” - Coining a New Era of Leadership in Science [YouTube]
13th April 2023
On Thursday, April 13, 2023, we welcomed Patrick Cramer, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysical Chemistry since 2014 and President-Elect of the Max Planck Society, for an in-depth conversation as part of our interview series.
MPI for Empirical Aestethics
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Are groundbreaking findings in science becoming increasingly rare? [YouTube]
12th April 2023
Salon debates in the Forum Wissen
University of Göttingen
[German language]
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Interview Matthias Mann & Patrick Cramer on the presentation of the Otto Warburg Medal [YouTube]
30th March 2023
Werner Müller-Esterl, Matthias Mann & Patrick Cramer on the presentation of the Otto Warburg Medal, Elsevier DACH
German language
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Science & Society - A Broken Relationship? [YouTube]
10th March 2023
Panel discussion with Jeanne Rubner and Antje Boetius
Bayer Foundation
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Max Planck Florida Video Podcast with Patrick Cramer [YouTube]
19th February 2023
Podcast Ep. 76 - Gene Transcription and Its Regulation with Patrick Cramer
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
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Gene Machine: how mRNA is made [YouTube]
18th January 2023
Science Meets Music, Jupiter, Florida
Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience
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Verleihung des Werner-von-Siemens-Rings an Stefan Hell [YouTube]
13th December 2022
Laudatory speech for Stefan Hell | Patrick Cramer, Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Science
[German language]
Stiftung Werner-von-Siemens-Ring
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Einsteintag 2022: Podiumsdiskussion zu Aufklärung [YouTube]
7th December 2022
Panel discussion with Marcus Willaschek (Goethe University Frankfurt/Main), Bénédicte Savoy (Technical University Berlin, academy member) and Patrick Cramer (Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Science)
Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
[German language]
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Restoring Planetary Health with Science and Collaboration [YouTube]
8th November 2022
Plenary Table at Falling Walls Conference, Berlin
Falling Walls Foundation​​​​​​​
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Overview of Patrick Cramer’s research [YouTube]
11th October 2022
Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine 2021
Fondation Louis-Jeantet
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Prof. Patrick Cramer: "Only those who keep moving will stay ahead." [YouTube]
29th September 2022
Biotech Talks Bayern
BioMTV
[German language]
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Copyright: Irene Böttcher-Gajewski / Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences
29th September 2022
Article: Future President of the Max Planck Society, Patrick Cramer, on Research and Fake News
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Gene Transcription: From Mechanisms to Regulation [YouTube]
1st June 2022
Max Birnstiel Lecture at IMP Vienna
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology
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How our genes are copied [BR ARD Alpha]
13th February 2022
BR Campus Talk with Jeanne Rubner
BR ARD Alpha
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Podcast: Our DNA - The principle of life[SWR2]
15th January 2022
SWR2 Wissen von Susanne Rostosky
SWR2 Wissen
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Interview on antiviral drugs against SARS-CoV-2  [YouTube]
7th January 2022
Courtesy of Prof. Dr. Gunnar Heine, Bad Homburg
CramerLab
[German language]
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Covid-19: From Vaccination to Medication | Uğur Şahin, Tzachi Pilpel, Patrick Cramer [YouTube]
11th November 2021
Max Planck Forum
MaxPlanckSociety
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