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Noble Talks

Public lectures

For its ‘Noble Gespräche’ series of public lectures by Nobel laureates, the institutes of Jena’s Beutenberg Campus invite renowned scientists who present their research to a varied audience in terms that laypeople can understand. The lectures, which are held twice a year, deal with current topics in science and technology.

Nobel Prize winner Professor Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology launched the series in April 2005 with a talk about embryogenesis in vertebrates. Since then a large number of exceptional personalities have fascinated their audiences, such as the former president of the Leibniz Association, Professor Rietschel, with his multi-media presentation ‘Immortal music and fatal blood poisoning – the deaths from sepsis of famous composers’ or the physicist Professor Hell, who demonstrated impressively how Abbe’s resolution limit in light microscopy was overcome. In autumn 2011, Nobel laureate Professor Neher treated an enthusiastic audience of more than 300 people to his talk ‘Brain signals: what signals does our brain see and process?’ at the opening event of the ‘Long night of the sciences’ at Beutenberg.

The "Noble Gespräche" lectures are free and will take place in the lecture hall (Abbe- Center Beutenberg, Hans-Knöll-Str. 1, 07745 Jena).

Previous speakers

  • Prof. Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard (Nobelpreis 1995)
  • Prof. Alfred Pühler
    Grüne Gentechnik 
  • Prof. Anton Zeilinger
  • Prof. Ferenc Krausz
  • Prof. Jens C. Brüning
  • Eric Betzig, PhD (Nobelpreis 2014)
    Superauflösende Fluoreszenzmikroskopie 
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