The MS Wissenschaft weighs anchor!

The Institute presents multiple exhibits exploring the theme of freedom

May 14, 2024

​On May 14th, it's "cast off" for the MS Wissenschaft. The floating science center of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research will then navigate around 30 ports in Germany and Austria between May and September. In the Science Year 2024, the focus is on the theme of freedom. The institute is represented multiple times. 

A highlight is the exhibit Genetic Pinball by the Max Planck Research Group Biosocial | Biology, Social Disparities, and Development, which illustrates that human development can only be understood through the complex interplay between genetic predisposition and societal structures. The exhibit, developed together with Purple Sloth Studio, also demonstrates that as a society, we have the freedom to redesign these structures.

Also on display is the well-known online experiment Moral Machine by the Center for Humans and Machines. It raises the question of how artificial intelligence should deal with moral dilemmas – for example, in the case of self-driving autonomous vehicles. The exhibit encourages reflection on the ethical principles of AI systems.

The Max Planck Society is also represented with seven "Ach, Mensch" podcasts, including one with Philipp Lorenz-Spreen from the Center of Adaptive Rationality, who discusses the dangers of social media for democracy.

The total of 30 interactive exhibits from various scientific disciplines illustrate the diversity of research on the theme of freedom. They are provided by institutions of the Fraunhofer Society, Leibniz Association, Max Planck Society, as well as projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), universities, and other partners.

The tour dates of the ship for Berlin and Brandenburg are

  • 15.05.2024 - 19.05.2024 Berlin-Tegel
  • 20.05.2024 - 23.05.2024 Oranienburg
  • 24.05.2024 - 27.05.2024 Potsdam
  • 28.05.2024 - 30.05.2024 Brandenburg

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