What, exactly, is life? Can processes, functions and objects related to life be simulated and recreated in the laboratory? These are the overarching questions addressed in the curriculum and research training of the Max Planck School Matter to Life.
Photonics is a key scientific discipline with the purpose, on the one hand, of controlling light even better than is now the case, and other, of exploiting its properties to develop non-contact sensors, energy and information carriers. Accordingly, the Max Planck School includes a number of sub-disciplines that investigate numerous key questions.
Cognition research covers topics from disciplines as diverse as psychology, physics, computer science, philosophy, biology and medicine. In this rapidly developing research field scientists with access to the methods and approaches of the various disciplines are in high demand.