From Neandertal to the Nobel Prize:
How Svante Pääbo wrote evolutionary history
Start of the Plön Winter Talks at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Prof. Dr Diethard Tautz, Director of the Department of Evolutionary Genetics, will kick off this year's Plön Winter Talks at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI). His talk will focus on Svante Pääbo's research and the Nobel Prize he was awarded.
Prof. Dr. Svante Pääbo is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. There he heads the Department of Evolutionary Genetics, which focuses on research into the genetic history of humans, apes and other organisms. Svante Pääbo will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine on 10 December 2022. He will receive the award primarily for his groundbreaking work in palaeogenetics, in particular for the decoding of the Neandertal genome.
Svante Pääbo made the fundamental discovery of this genome back in 1997 at the Zoological Institute in Munich. A colleague from that time was Diethard Tautz, today Director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön.
In his evening lecture, Diethard Tautz will report on the time of this discovery and also explain the scientific background. The event starts on 9 December at 7 pm in the lecture hall of the Max Planck Institute in Plön. The lecture hall is located in the interim building opposite the main entrance. Registration is not necessary.
The dates of the Plön Winter Talks 2022/2023:
24 January When germs become resistant and mathematics can help
Department of Evolutionary Theory
28 February Evolutionary Medicine: What does evolutionary biology have to offer biomedical research?
Evolutionary Medicine Research Group
28 March Sun, moon and stars - how do organisms know what time it is?
Biological Clocks Research Group
The lectures will be held in german and will take place at 7 pm in the lecture hall of the interim building opposite the main entrance.