“We are a huge country with 1.4 billion people. Many of the challenges of the future – population growth, environmental protection, energy supply – are already affecting us to a considerable degree,” says Dr Zhou Dejin, Director General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). His institution has been cooperating with the Max Planck Society in basic research for 40 years now. Researchers from both countries are using the exhibition to try and show what possible solutions could look like. The Max Planck scientists from Göttingen have for example succeeded in predicting the path of epidemics with the aid of online computer games. Researchers from Greifswald are working on a new form of energy generation, in which the process of nuclear fusion, which takes place in the sun, is to be technically reproduced. Chemists from Mainz are developing nanocells by means of which they can transport medical neurotransmitters to sick parts of the body. Chinese science is also presenting new findings in the field of nanotechnology: CAS experts have produced bubble-like nano molecules, which can filter arsenic and other toxic substances from polluted drinking water. Other nanocells are suitable for deriving energy from natural gases such as methane.