Science often pushes back the boundaries of the known world to explore new topics and make the invisible visible. In the process of this work, in addition to a purely scientific documentation of research objects, sometimes images are created that feature surprising aesthetic forms and structures: abstract works of art from a world normally hidden to the human eye.
Each year, scientists from the more than 80 research institutes of the Max Planck Society enter images showcasing their work from the most various research fields in an annual photography competition. The winning pictures form the basis of a travelling exhibit that provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of science.
Many of the images can not only be seen online, but are also available in large format, framed pictures (1.20m x 1.20m). The travelling exhibition has been shown with great success in a variety of locations, such as the Deutsches Museum in Munich, the ars electronica in Linz/Austria, the Miami Science Museum in Florida, the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, and the German Science Centre in Cairo.