“Breathing at High Altitude” – an exhibition about the life and science of Max Perutz has opened its doors in the arcaded courtyard in the main building of the University of Vienna. The project was initiated by the Max Perutz Labs with the goal of sparking curiosity among the broader public about this pioneer of molecular biology. “Breathing at High Altitude” illustrates Max Perutz’ fascinating life, celebrates his love for mountains, and visualizes “breathing” in a unique way.
Congratulations to Alwin Köhler, who has become a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).
Congratulations to Kristina Djinović-Carugo, who has been appointed as the head of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Grenoble as of July 2022.
“Breathing at High Altitude” is an exhibition dedicated to the personal life and science of Max F. Perutz, a pioneer of 20thcentury molecular biology. The exhibition sheds light on Max Perutz’s fascinating life, celebrates his love for mountains, and visualizes “breathing” in a unique way. It will be a rewarding experience for scientists and non-scientists alike.
May 19 – June 15 Mon – Fri 9:00 – 18:00 University of Vienna, Inner court (Arkadenhof), Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna
Max Perutz’ scientific journey from the Theresianum in Vienna to the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge arguably laid the foundations of modern molecular biology. Awarded the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his work on hemoglobin, Max’ legacy continues today at the research institute that bears his name in the city where he was born.
You will hear about Max’ natural curiosity, the scientific question that he dedicated most of his life to answering - how does hemoglobin transport oxygen? - and the tireless perseverance required to achieve his goal.
The Max Perutz Labs are embedded in the Vienna BioCenter, providing access to outstanding core facilities shared by all members of the campus in addition to facilities unique to our institute.
With a strong molecular focus and a diversity of model organisms, we aim to bridge basic research with biomedicine.
To honour an extraordinary teacher and scientist, the Max Perutz Labs were named after Max Ferdinand Perutz, who, together with John C. Kendrew, was awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his studies on the structure of globular proteins ...
The Max Perutz Labs are an international research institution in which people from all over the world come together to conduct scientific research. The Perutz recognizes and respects diversity as an important asset in establishing an inclusive and productive work environment for all parties, may it be students, scientists or support staff. We are committed to a workplace that values diversity and internationality, where people from various backgrounds and perspectives feel welcome and are supported in a safe environment. Whether it be race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, social background, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability - we aim to establish a community in which everyone feels included and is treated fairly and respectfully. We believe that there is always room for improvement and that a statement is worth nothing without action, but we continuously strive to do better and encourage every individual to play an active role in creating this environment.
The Max Perutz Labs seek to educate students to think critically and analytically, challenge them to set ambitious goals, and instill in them both broad horizons and deep understanding. In doing so, we aspire to furnish them with the necessary knowledge and skills to push forward the frontiers of 21st century biomedical science.