Max Planck Florida To Celebrate 10th Anniversary With Open House Aug. 27

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience in Jupiter.

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience will hold Brain Exploration Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27. The event is free and open to the public; advanced registration is required at

Brain Exploration Day features food trucks, tours, hands-on games and activities, and scientific demonstrations to give the public a behind-the-scenes look at how MPFI researchers study the brain. The event marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of MPFI’s state-of-the-art research facility in Jupiter that houses eight labs, high-tech microscopy facilities and a world-class mechanical engineering facility.

MPFI scientists conduct fundamental research into the origins, development and function of the nervous system and its capacity to produce perception, thought, language, memory, emotion and movement.

The nonprofit research organization was founded when then-Gov. Jeb Bush worked with the Max Planck Society to bring the institute to the growing South Florida biotech cluster. The institute opened its doors in 2012 and has since published more than 190 previously unknown findings about brain development and function. In addition, MPFI has educated more than 300 scientific trainees through robust education programs and degree programs with neighboring Florida Atlantic University. MPFI holds events like Brain Exploration Day to help raise awareness of the importance of brain research and science education.

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, a not-for-profit research organization, is part of the world-renowned Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research organization with 86 institutes worldwide. Since its establishment in 1948, 29 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists.

As its first U.S. institution, MPFI provides exceptional neuroscientists from around the world with the resources and technology to answer fundamental questions about brain development and function. MPFI researchers employ a curiosity-driven approach to science to develop new technologies. For more info., visit