Record attendance at 2017 Science Meets Music launch

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) hosted over 400 science seekers and music enthusiasts at the first Science Meets Music event of 2017. The evening concert and lecture took place at Benjamin Hall at The Benjamin Upper School in Palm Beach Gardens, and gave guests an overview of Metabolic Mayhem: The brain’s role in metabolic health and disease. The enlightening lecture by Dr. Jens C. Brüning, who joined Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in February 2012, was complemented by performances by Zlatomir Fung, a seventeen-year-old internationally acclaimed cellist who has won numerous awards, presented by the American Friends of Kronberg Academy.


image001“To my knowledge, there is nothing else like our Science Meets Music program – not in La Jolla, not in Silicon Valley and not in the northeast,” said Dr. David Fitzpatrick, MPFI CEO and Scientific Director, when welcoming the crowd. “This program offers a unique opportunity to explore similarities between the awe-inspiring attributes of both science and music while learning more about how scientists and musicians alike are breaking toward new frontiers.”


Dr. Fitzpatrick shared MPFI’s 2016 highlights with the crowd before the program began, noting that the institute’s research was published in 17 publications, including work from a Florida Atlantic University (FAU) graduate student that was featured on the front cover of Nature Neuroscience.


The second Science Meets Music event will take place on February 15 with a lecture led by Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, Director of the Max Plank Institute for Infection Biology. Dr. Charpentier was awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the American world in 2015 for her work in developing the revolutionary genome editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9.  Dr. Charpentier will discuss this transformative technology and its rapidly growing applications in the world of science and medicine. Her discussion will be complimented by Emmanuel Ceysson, Principal Harp of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Ceysson’s commitment to his instrument has earned him the highest international distinctions and, as a result, he is recognized as the first harpist to obtain awards at three major international events.


Additional speakers in the 2017 series include:

  • Iain Couzin, PhD, Director, Max Planck Institute of Ornithology

Friday, March 24, 2017

  • Samuel M. Young, Jr., PhD, Research Group Leader of the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Wednesday, April 19, 2017


All events in the series will take place at Benjamin Hall at The Benjamin Upper School, located at 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418. Doors for all events will open at 5:30 p.m. for a reception and the presentation and music performances will begin at 6:15 p.m.


Science Meets Music is a free event, however, seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 561-972-9027 or visit