Bonn. 4500 visitors came to the start of the 19th “Highlights of Physics” in Bonn’s Telekom Dome. They experienced that the science is not only educational, but also lots of fun.
Physicists making magic, dancing robots, experiments, comedy and live music fascinated the around 4500 visitors at the opening of “Highlights of Physics” at the Telekom Dome on Monday evening. Alongside prominent guests, science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar led an instructive, three-hour programme entitled “Show yourself! Making the invisible visible.”
The Federal Research Minister, Anja Karliczek had previously opened the week-long spectacular alongside the President of the German Physics Society (DPG), Dieter Meschede, and Michael Hoch, rector of Bonn University. By Saturday, 50,000 visitors are expected on Münsterplatz, Friedensplatz and in the university’s lecture theatres.
The event organisers are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the DPG and Bonn University. According to Karliczek, the event, already in its 19th year, is intended above all “to awaken the spirit of discovery among the youngest and strengthen interest for the natural sciences among adults.” It is important that everything on offer is vivid, playful and interactive. This is the only way to get more and more young people interested in physics.
The daily participatory exhibitions at the Münsterplatz are at the heart of the five-day physics event. With children’s theatre, junior laboratories, practical workshops and competitions for school children, the organisers are targeting children and young people. Further highlights are a daily programme of science shows, live experiments, science slams and regular lectures by famous researchers.
As a special feature in Bonn there will be a humorous quiz show with the physicist Metin Tolan and the entertainer Marcus Weber from the show “Physikanten”. In the Schlosskirche, where Ludwig van Beethoven once took organ lessons, the lecture series “Making the invisible audible” will take place. Scientists will play various musical instruments and explain the physics behind them.
All events are listed on www.highlights-physik.de
(Original text: Stefan Hermes. Translation: kc)