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NEWS

Here we inform about current topics and projects of MAXCINE and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.  

Our current events can be found HERE

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MAXCINE GET-TO-KNOW-YOU-DAY

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A day of hands-on science on 7 September

Hello to all science enthusiasts! 

We want to give you the opportunity to get an insight into the science of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. 

Whether it's fish, birds, mammals or insects, research is done here for all it's worth. We talk about your favourite animals and what you want to find out about them.
The "Young Scientists" are a group of particularly inquisitive children and young people who have been with us for many years. 

Maybe you would like to join them on a regular basis. Here you can find more information about the Young Scientists: https://www.maxcine.de/young-scientists 


So join us and let your thirst for knowledge run free! Who knows, maybe you'll become a researcher yourself here at the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.

If you would like to join us, please send a short e-mail to infomaxcine@ab.mpg.de. We look forward to seeing you!

YOUNG SCIENTISTS CAMP 2023

Under the motto "GUIDED BY NATURE", 18 young people travelled to the Italian wilderness.

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Our research camp this year took us to Tuscany in Italy, 40 km from Grosseto. We were in the absolute wilderness, far away from civilisation and other comforts, and got completely involved with nature and wildlife. We stayed in "open air rooms" or directly under the stars. There was spring or rain water, compost toilets and only limited electricity: a week of everyday life in the midst of the biodiversity of the wild environment. We were among butterflies, insects, snakes, lizards and mammals, including porcupines and wolves, and at night we enjoyed the view of the starry sky in one of the darkest environments in all of Europe.
In keeping with our theme "Guided by Nature", we walked through the themes of "Nature - Creating Knowledge - Society - Future". We perceived natural resources in a new way, trained our senses, dealt with artificial intelligence and philosophised about exciting topics such as the role of humans in nature.

What a special exchange and what an unforgettable experience: to look at our today's digitally shaped world from a different perspective.

YOUNG SCIENTISTS CAMP REVIEW 2022

A major highlight in 2022 was our research camp "MAXCINE - DRAW YOUR PATH" in Italy.

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We went to the Italian National Park Gran Paradiso with 17 of our Young Scientists.


Under the motto "Science-Society-Responsibility", we engaged in thought, science and drawing with the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and its three departments.

HERE you can find the picture gallery and under the following link a detailed report of our exciting trip: 

REVIEW 2021

Our annual review for the challenging year 2021.

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Due to the Corona situation, we were not able to implement all MaxCine program items as usual in 2021. 

We took advantage of the situation and expanded further opportunities for digital exchange between young people and students. Despite the Corona virus, we were able to hold some events in the summer of 2021.

To look back on our work in 2021 we have put together this small presentation:

THE MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE AT THE HEIMATTAGE 2021

Our institute is part of the nature experience trail in Möggingen

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Due to the Corona pandemic, the Heimattage Radolfzell also had to change their concept. The result is a wonderful, interactive opportunity to get to know nature in and around Möggingen. Various associations, clubs and organisations are taking part, all of which are concerned with the protection of our environment.From 17 April 2021, the trail can be experienced with the whole family in Möggingen. 

BEE COLONY AT MAXCINE

Since mid-May 2021, life has finally come to our "we4bee" hive. 

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After our digital beehive had been empty for over a year due to Corona, a natural colony could finally move in with us. 


we4bee is a citizen science project that aims to build a comprehensive network of digitally monitored hives. We are happy to be a part of this exciting project. 

All data and current photos can be found here: 

MAXCINE QUIZ TIME

Playfully immerse yourself in the world of animal behavior now

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The new MaxCine quiz is ready! 
We have collected numerous questions from all three departments of our institute and developed an exciting quiz with them. It's about animals, behavioural biology, our institute and much more. The questions change after each run, so it's worth playing the quiz more often. We have also included two different difficulty levels. 
We look forward to seeing you there! 

CAMERA TRAPS IN ITALY

The latest photos of tuscan wildlife 

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The "Animal Snapshot" project was expanded last year to include an international cooperation. 
Camera traps were set up in and around Merigar in Italy. These are some of the pictures we collected during the last months.
The goal of this project is also to establish an international exchange between young people and students interested in science.

Recorded on the grounds of the Oasi WWF della Maremma and the International Dzogchen Community Merigar West.

SCIENCE GOES PUBLIC

The online-talk series with scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior. 

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This year, we were able to provide the public with exciting insights into the institute's research in a completely new way.

The versatile online talks offer the possibility to get to know the work of the scientists from the comfort of your own home, as well as to learn more about topics of animal behavior and many exciting animals.

OFF TO THE SOUTH - THE LONG JOURNEY OF MIGRATORY BIRDS

A television team from the ARD programme "neuneinhalb" accompanied some Young Scientists for a day

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TV shooting at MaxCine! Some of our Young Scientists supported the scientist Jesko Partecke for one day by tagging blackbirds. The transmitters are part of the international ICARUS project.

Why do only some birds migrate to the south? Why do they move at all and where exactly do they go?

These are just some of the questions our Young Scientists answered with the help of Jesko Partecke.

FIELD WORK IN GUGNY POLEN

In September the first blackbirds were equipped with ICARUS transmitters and sent on a journey. 

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​In September 2020 the MaxCine team had the opportunity to accompany the scientist Jesko Partecke on a research trip to Poland. Jesko has been working for several years on, among other things, an international project investigating the migration behavior of blackbirds. We were lucky to equip the first blackbirds with ICARUS transmitters and to release them in Poland.

We often have the opportunity to take young people from our Young Scientist program on fieldwork. 

Anyone interested can become a Young Scientist

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