Max Planck Florida Announces 2024 Science Meets Music Lineup

January 9, 2024

Visionary neuroscientists and virtuoso musicians will showcase their talents side by side as Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) continues its popular Science Meets Music series.

The series of performances and lectures spotlights the shared vales of curiosity and dedication that allow artists and scientists to discover new ideas with discipline and precision. The combination makes for a uniquely fascinating event to inspire and enlighten South Florida audiences.

Science Meets Music is hosted at the Benjamin Upper School, 4875 Grandiflora Circle, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl 33418. There is no charge to attend, and registration is required. Register now.

2024 Schedule of Events

From Chemistry to Circuitry: Reimagining the Future of Mental Wellness with New Technology | January 31, 2024

Join MPFI’s newest Scientific Director Dr. Lin Tian to explore how breakthrough technology can change the way we think about mental wellness. This session will explore how the Tian Lab uses new tools to understand basic aspects of the brain, creating a future where personalized treatments reduce the impact of mental illness. Musicians from The Palm Beach Symphony will present selections of music to complement the session. This event is generously sponsored by the Honorable David Fischer and Mrs. Jennifer Fischer.

How Are Memories Powered? | February 21, 2024

Illuminating the mysteries behind how the brain makes memories, MPFI research group leader Dr. Vidhya Rangaraju will explore how the Rangaraju Lab investigates the energy use and supply of biological processes in neurons. Pianist Madison Yan will perform alongside Dr. Rangaraju’s discussion.

Smelling to Survive | March 27, 2024

In this scent-sational session, Professor Dr. Bill S. Hansson, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, will explore fascinating examples of smelling in myriad animals and plants. He will also address how our “smellscape” is affected by human activities during the Anthropocene period and examples of the most recent research on the smell ecology of insects. The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach Ensemble will perform selections of music to accompany Prof. Dr. Hansson’s evening lecture.

For media inquiries, contact Katie Edwards, Associate Vice President, Public Engagement, at katie.edwards@mpfi.org.