“Dohoggeddiadiaemmerdohogged” states a sign above a bench near the beautiful Castle Hohentübingen, which in Swabian means, “Those who sit here, sit here always.” I feel the same ever since I came to this beautiful little university town almost a decade ago, and it continues to inspire me. Tübingen perfectly exemplifies why Germany has been referred to as “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” (the country of poets and thinkers). Nucleic acid, the genetic basis of life, was discovered in the castle’s kitchen, and the famous poet Friedrich Hölderlin penned his poetry in a tower in the town centre. Working at a Max Planck Institute, along with researchers from all over the world and the ever-precise Germans, has broadened my horizons beyond compare.
Vishal Kapoor, postdoctoral researcher, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingenwug