Video series "Aha Moment" with sparkling ideas from the world of science

In cooperation with the Max Planck Society

In the video series "Aha Moment - The Fascination of Research", scientists from various research areas of the Max Planck Society come to the BIOTOPIA Lab and talk about their research. The researchers use simple but unexpected demonstrations to show what particularly fascinates them about their field of research and what unexpected discoveries they have made in the course of their careers. They also provide an exclusive insight into their careers and explain how their field of research can influence our lives.

Aha Moment is hosted by actress and presenter Annika Preil, known from film and television - especially from the hit documentary series "Anna und die wilden Tiere".

Check it out and learn about these interesting people and their groundbreaking work!

All videos are available with English subtitles!

Antje Boetius: Down to the deep sea!

Aha Moment in marine biology

Dive down! Marine biologist Antje Boetius explores the secrets of the deep sea: In this video, you'll learn which strange organisms live far below the ocean's surface and why some of them are even true climate savers. Immense pressure, icy cold and deepest darkness - it's hard to imagine that there is life down there!


Antje Boetius is a marine biologist, head of the Bridge Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology (AWI, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bremen and MARUM Bremen) and professor at the University of Bremen. Since January 2015, she has been chair of the steering committee of Science in Dialogue, and since November 2017 she has also headed the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven.


Petra Schwille: Bricks of life!

Aha Moment with proteins

How and when did life come into being? And how do cells and proteins, the building blocks of life, work? Biophysicist Petra Schwille uses colorful and hypnotic images to show us what proteins can do. And explains how her Aha Moment could bring new insights into evolution.


Petra Schwille is a biophysicist. She is director of the department "Cellular and Molecular Biophysics" at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry. Schwille is also coordinator of the large Max Planck research consortium "MaxSynBio" on synthetic biology.

Herwig Baier: Hunger in the brain!

Aha Moment in neurobiology

How does the brain work? Why do we do what we do? And what influence does our environment have on the decisions we make? Herwig Baier is a neurobiologist and conducts research on precisely these topics. He looks into the brains of zebrafish and studies their behavior. His personal "aha" moment has something to do with these tiny animals and with the question of why it makes a difference whether we are hungry when we go shopping...


Herwig Baier is a neurobiologist and has been director of the Gene Circuit Behavior Department at the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology since 2011.

"Aha Moment" will continue!
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