400 Visitors explored ageing as focus in science

CECAD, the Excellence Cluster for Aging Research and the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing are pleased with the high attendance shown to their commonly organised open day on 29.10.2016.

400 Visitors were attracted to look behind doors normally closed to the public.  They were presented with insights into ageing research both in theory and through hands-on practice: Assisting in small experiments such as extracting DNA from a banana or peeking through a microscope that is based on Nobel-prizewinning technology;

taking place in more than 50 guided tours to laboratories, attending scientific talks on seven different topics, or checking out their own health status at the “health test stations”.

After all that science many welcomed the breaks offered by theater presentations of the Altentheater/ Freies Werkstatt Theater Köln.

We enjoyed having our visitors with us, and would like to thank everyone for the interest they have shown to our work!

At the CECAD Institute for Aging Research

At the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing

Laboratory visits with guided tours

The Altentheater theatre group

Open Day

October 29th, 2016, 10:00 - 15:00  

Day of Ageing Research at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing and CECAD, the Cluster of Excellence for Ageing Research


Why do organisms age? +++ How can we influence our lifespan? +++ What is happening in our cells when we age? +++ What impacts have nutrition, genes and environment? +++ Is it possible to stay healthy in old age? +++ How exactly increases aging our risk of disease? +++ Can we mitigate or even cure ageing-associated diseases such as Dementia, Parkinson's disease, Diabetes or cancer, when we intervene in the ageing process?


Follow our scientists with guided tours in their laboratories and take the opportunity to look over their shoulder. Are you interested in new technology? You can look through a state-of-the-art microscope or learn how we analyse proteins. 

Test your age! In our Ageing-Lab you can find out about your biological age and experience what it feels like to be ninety years old. 

Do you want to be a researcher for one day? At our numerous experimentation stations the whole family can experience research up close and perform experiments themselves. Our scientists will provide you with help and advice.

Children and young people expect a lot of hands-on activities and experiments to discover. You want to slip into a lab coat? Nothing could be easier!




Martin Denzel


How a small worm may help to fight against Alzheimer's



Freies Werkstatt Theater -  Altentheater



Sandra Iden


Insights into Ageing Research



Nina Bonekamp


Mitochondria - How do small cell organells, our mothers and free radicals influence our ageing?



Freies Werkstatt Theater -  Altentheater



Freies Werkstatt Theater -  Altentheater



Salvatore Angilletta

Career aspiration scientist


Bernhard Schermer

How do kidneys function and what is actually kidney and ageing research?


Sabine Eming

Ageing skin - new and established knowledge


Peter Tessarz

Epigenetics - How does the "genetic memory" influence our ageing?

(Please note: all talks and performances are in German)



Do you have further questions?

Please contact us:

Maren Berghoff

Telefon: +49 221 37970207


Peter Kohl

Telefon: +49 221 47884043