Brain Exploration Day Inspires More than 800

May 29, 2024

The most cutting-edge scientific technology was on full display at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience’s Brain Exploration Day, held from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2024. More than 800 people attended the free event, which takes place every other year at the institute’s Jupiter, Florida facility.

Hands-on activities and demonstrations were held throughout the institute to inspire excitement about science and underscore the importance of scientific research. Among the many activities at the event, visitors learned how scientists can use light to control the movement of flies, had the chance to create unique artwork using pipettes, and learned to measure sugar content in common foods. Neuroscience story time captivated even the youngest science enthusiasts, and children left with custom-colored brain caps. MPFI  also offered tours of its state-of-the-art research facility, home to nine labs, high-tech microscopy facilities, and a world-class mechanical engineering facility.

“Brain Exploration Day is more than just an event; it’s a celebration that ignites curiosity and fosters a deeper understanding of science within our community. By offering free access to the wonders of neuroscience, we empower individuals of all ages to explore the complexities of the human brain, inspiring the next generation of scientists and innovators,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and CEO.

MPFI scientists conduct critical research into the brain and its capacity to produce language, memory, emotion, and movement. Since opening in 2012, MPFI scientists have published more than 200 previously unknown findings about brain development and function. In addition, MPFI has educated more than 300 scientific trainees and holds community outreach events like Brain Exploration Day to help raise awareness of the importance of working toward an understanding of the physical causes of devastating neurological disorders.

“Brain Exploration Day not only brings the community closer to the fascinating world of neuroscience but also strengthens our bonds with the community, fostering a culture of learning, curiosity, and appreciation for scientific research,” said Katie Walsh Edwards, Associate Vice President of Public Engagement.

To learn more about MPFI’s community engagement and education outreach programs, click here. 


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