LifeTime at Berlin Science Week

We look forward to 3 exciting events with LifeTime during the Berlin Science Week that will take place from 1-10 November 2019. Interactive formats of The Science Slam of a LifeTime – “I know something that you don’t know” and Mind the Lab will bring scientists closer to the public, while many top researchers and clinicians from our consortium will discuss translational medicine in Berlin’s Most exciting Medical Research Congress: Science Match Future Medicine 2019!

Science Slam of a LifeTime – “I know something that you don’t know”

One organism – billions of cells. How much do you know about the smallest units of yourself? How are our cells developing, what are they developing into and why do some develop diseases while most stay healthy?

“I know something that you don’t know” will be the Science Slam of a LifeTime.

Researchers from the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) will surprise the public with interesting and relevant facts about what we are made of. The scientists will explain what they are doing today to know more and how do they use this knowledge for the benefit of us all.

Each presentation will showcase LifeTime core technologies: single-cell sequencing, artificial intelligence and organoids. 

Science Slam of a Lifetime is a game show for those thirsty for knowledge.

At the end of the evening, the guests will decide: Who has told them something really new – and how useful is this knowledge?

November 2, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Umspannwerk Ost, Palisadenstraße 48, Berlin.

Free entry. English. Registration required

Mind the Lab – pop-up laboratory in U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz

Mind the lab is the event where scientists will present exciting insights into the science behind LifeTime in pop-up laboratories. 

LifeTime, coordinated by the MDC, showcases groundbreaking single-cell biology technologies in simple experiments. Scientists will also present their work with organoids, those tiny, self-organized three-dimensional tissue cultures that could change how we diagnose and treat diseases.

7 November, 2 – 8 p.m., U-Bahnhof Alexanderplatz (English and German)

Mind the Lab

Science Match Future Medicine 2019

As part of the event´s scientific program committee, LifeTime co-chair Prof. Nikolaus Rajewsky, (Director of the Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology / Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine) and Prof. Angelika Eggert (Director, Department of Pediatric Oncology & Hematology / Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin / Einstein Professor and MDC) have developped an outstanding program for Future Medicine 2019 organised by Der Tagesspiegel and Berlin Institute of Health (BIH).

This year’s focus is on translational medicine. In three-minute presentations, around 80 top-class scientists (including many involved in LifeTime) will give insights into their work – and into what the future of medicine could look like.

7 November, 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m., Kosmos, Karl-Marx-Allee 131A, Berlin.

English, Registration required

Teacher training: Organoids of the human brain (aka mini-brain) and the regulation of gene expression

Textbooks teach “from DNA to RNA to protein”, but this dogma is now long obsolete. MDC researchers are investigating the function of non-coding RNAs in neurons, using as a model a human brain grown in a Petri dish, a so-called brain-organoid or mini-brain. Through experiments, demonstrations and lectures you will experience the state of the art in science and receive valuable information about current trends in life science research.

The training takes place in the group of Prof. Dr. Rajewsky, Systems Biology of Gene Regulatory Elements, and is part of the program for Schule MIT Wissenschaft conference


  • Dr. Agnieszka Rybak-Wolf
  • Janis Hötzel

Friday, November 8, 2019, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Registration via email to


MDC Berlin-Mitte (BIMSB), Rajewsky Lab​​​​​
Hannoversche Str. 28
10115 Berlin