Café & Kosmos

Café & Kosmos - Talk with the scientists: The event series Café & Kosmos is engaged with current research questions "out of the universe," including the Big Bang, string theory, dark energy, dark matter, and many other topics.

These discussion rounds take place once per month, normally on a Tuesday evening, at the locations of Muffatwerk and Stragula in Munich. In the current Corona pandemic we offer these events in a digital format.

The organizers of Café & Kosmos are research institutions in Munich and Garching: the Excellence Cluster Origins, the Max Planck Institute for Physics, the MPI for Astrophysics,  the MPI for Extraterrestrial Physics, and the SFB 1258 Neutrinos, Dark Matter, Messengers.


Café & Kosmos on 20 September 2022

Astrochemical Evolution: From Stars to Life

Is there life in space? What does that mean exactly, to search for life in space? We know of only one planet on which life has developed. Accordingly, researchers initially assume that life on other planets requires conditions similar to those on Earth: Liquid water, carbon compounds and an…

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On July 4, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Higgs discovery. Dr. Dominik Duda from the Max Planck Institute for Physics takes this opportunity to review the first 10 years of research on this special particle. The Higgs boson is the "visible" emissary of the Higgs field, which gives mass to…

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Café & Kosmos on 14 June 2022

The dark, heavy heart of the Milky Way

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, stretches across the night sky like a blurry ring of lights across the entire firmament. Deep inside the galaxy, hidden by dense clouds of gas and dust, stars circle around an extremely massive, dark object - a so-called "black hole" according to Einstein's theory of…

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