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Acknowledging the strength in unity and communication, the Offspring group has designed a platform where ideas can be expressed and experiences shared. We aim to help Max Planck PhDs communicate across Germany and encourage young scientists to share their outcomes, to teach and learn from each other, and to support one another in our daily endeavors.

Germany leads global recycling rankings with up to two thirds of all municipal waste being  recycled. However, research institutions within the Max Planck Society (MPS) do not appear to reflect this enthusiasm towards recycling. In the absence of a central sustainable directive from headquarters, institutes seem to implement whichever policies they feel inclined to, and often have little or no recycling initiatives. more

The Max Planck Gesellschaft must do its part more

As the Covid-19 pandemic completes one year, vaccines appear to be our only ticket to the “new normal”. However, we all have a grandparent, a cousin, or an uncle who is skeptical of getting their shot. It is no wonder that so many people have concerns, especially considering the amount of fake news and misinformation shared everyday on social media. Today we want to explain what mRNA based vaccines actually are, and why we should not fear them. more

Over the years, “going green” in labs has proven its value. It has transitioned from being viewed as a distraction from science, to an intriguing system that syncs environmental stewardship and lab productivity. Today, sustainable lab practices have justifiably become a desirable career skill set. Keep reading to learn how the Labconscious community shares green lab tips for life science. more

by the Open Science initiative at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences more

If you are neutral in moments of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.  - Desmond Tutu more

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