1 Nov

Quantum Revolution is more than Schrödinger’s Cat: The Exhibit

The exhibition is a combination of an interactive introduction to the world of quantum mechanics and a display of real-life materials science experiments from labs that lay the groundwork for future quantum technologies.

Opening hours: Wed – Fri, Sun: 3pm – 6pm;  Sat: 12pm – 6pm

Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik, Hausvogteiplatz 5–7, 10117 Berlin

Quantum mechanics reveals that, at its core, the world is not as it seems – it is far more interesting.

Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics illustrates the excitement of research on quantum effects and showcases “Quantum: The Pop-Up Exhibition” developed by Canada’s Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

A red thread of ‘elements for quantum computing’ will combine both parts and leads through the exhibition.

Registration is required for groups; please send an email to exhibition@pdi-berlin.de.



Evolutionary Biology – Appealing to the Populous

Art Science Exhibits, in partnership with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Faculty of Life Sciences, presents the Evolutionary Biology Exhibition, a showcase of perspectives on evolution science from artists worldwide.

Open on weekdays from 8 am – 8 pm.

Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften der HU, Invalidenstraße 42, 10099 Berlin

This large-scale art/science exhibition presents scientific ideas within fine art as a petition for species preservation. Featuring a wide-range of multimedia artworks providing numerous pathways for understanding, “Appealing to the Populous” also functions as an appeal for greater interaction between artists and scientific communities.
Featured artists span the globe from Japan reaching westward to New Zealand. Artworks ranging from robotics to indigenous sand-painting are displayed in 3d installations, 2d galleries, and video screenings.

Artist and curator mp Warming designed this exhibition for Thaersaal, the great hall of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s Faculty of Life Sciences main building. The exhibition includes Warming’s artworks with discoveries on Hymenoptera by Dr Michael Ohl and Paleontology by Dr Dieter Korn, both scientists are faculty from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Curators at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. Science Advisor Lukas Kirschey manages MfN’s Entomology Collection. All three scientists will speak as part of this compelling program.

For the complete schedule, including art openings, events, and annex location, visit www.artscienceexhibits.com/

Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See

Exciting educational experience designed to spark children’s interest in science, simplify theories of light and vision while promoting intercultural appreciation.

Boulevard Berlin, Schloßstraße 10, 12163 Berlin

From ancient Chinese thinker Mo’zi to Greek philosopher Aristotle, from Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham to European scholars Johannes Kepler and Roger Bacon…Great pioneers of past ages have helped us learn about the nature of light and how we perceive the world.

Join “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” an anchor event of the Berlin Science Week at Boulevard Berlin to take a wondrous journey through the past following the extraordinary life of Ibn al-Haytham, the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker from Arabia, who made breakthroughs in understanding light, optics and vision. Experience a giant turban-shaped camera obscura, engage in fun demonstrations and watch a short film starring Omar Sharif. Activities are free for school children with their teachers, parents and families.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding this event which is part of a global initiative produced by ‘1001 Inventions’, a UK-based not-for-profit science and cultural heritage organisation, in partnership with UNESCO for the International Year of Light. The educational initiative engaged audiences around the world including in Paris, New York, Beijing and London.

Zurich Heart

Researchers from ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and the German Heart Center Berlin present their vision for an artificial heart.

Musikbrauerei, Greifswalder Straße 23 a, 10405 Berlin

“Zurich Heart” is a visionary interdisciplinary flagship project of the University Medicine Zurich. The project aims at developing a fully implantable artificial heart.

In industrial nations, approximately 1-2% of the population suffers from severe heart failure summing up to 10 million people in Europe. Heart transplantation or the implantation of an artificial heart is the only treatment option for severe heart failure.

Nearly 20 research groups of ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich, the German Heart Center Berlin and other partner institutions combine their synergies in a visionary approach to improve the contemporary ventricular assist devices. Innovative components for transcutaneous energy supply, improved surface materials to avoid thromboembolic complications, highly efficient and adaptive regulation and sensor technology as well as soft materials will be the essence of the “Zurich Heart”.

The event will start at 5.30pm, doors will open at 5.00pm.

Next Frontier Debate: Refugees with Résumés

A panel discussion on the conditions, opportunities, and problems of integrating refugees into the labour market.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Festsaal, Luisenstraße 56, 10117 Berlin

Over the last few years, the number of people seeking asylum in Europe has sharply risen. Ever since, the question of how refugees can be permanently integrated into the host societies has been intensely debated in Germany. Besides the acquisition of the national language, integration into the labour market is regarded as one of the main means.

However, what employment prospects do refugees actually have? Are they the solution for the German economy that has been lamenting the shortage of skilled workers for years? Which sector is seeking refugees as workers? Where are the advantages, and where do the problems lie for the companies? What opportunities and obstacles do refugees face when taking up a professional activity? Can the labour market even accomplish the task of integration?

Based on the outlined questions the debate will present the academic findings of migration research on the integration of refugees in Germany and Europe. The debate will provide an insight into current research issues and findings, and will discuss their applicability in practice. Besides facts and perspectives, necessary measures and possible solutions will also be debated.

For registration please contact berlinscienceweek@hu-berlin.de.

The Constitution of European Democracy

Panel discussion with Dieter Grimm (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin/Yale Law School) and Mark Dawson (Hertie School of Governance).

Hertie School of Governance, Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin

There is little doubt that the European Union suffers from a democratic deficit that affects its legitimacy and acceptance with EU citizens. However, it is rarely noticed that this deficit finds its source in the state of European constitutionalism. The EU is over-constitutionalised, and the effect is a power shift from the democratically legitimised and accountable institutions to the executive and judicial bodies of the EU. In his new book, The Constitution of European Democracy (Oxford University Press), Dieter Grimm analyses the origins and consequences of this situation, and develops proposals for a reform of the institutional structure and the decision making process within the EU.

Science Slam in the Planetarium

Experiencing science as it unfolds: At the Science Slam young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are entertaining and easy to follow.

Zeiss-Großplanetarium, Prenzlauer Allee 80, 10405 Berlin

Experiencing science as it unfolds: At the Science Slam young scientists explain their research projects in short 10-minute-talks that are entertaining and easy to follow. The scientists leave their laboratories and lecture halls to present the fundamentals of their own research projects at the planetarium. The important thing is not primarily the scientific outcome of their work, but to explain it in an understandable, entertaining and concise way. The audience is the judge and jury, using numbered cards for voting. At the end of the evening a winner is chosen.