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FROM: Raphael Digiacomo, Thomas Copytz, Stefan Rampfel, Kira Müller and Bernd Schlegel

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Göttingen Night of Knowledge: Opening at 6 p.m. in front of the Heart Research Center of the Göttingen University Medical Center also with board members Jens Finke (second from the right), prof. Wolfgang Hubertus Zimmermann and a member of the board of prof. Lorenz Trümper (into the heart’s entrance). © Thomas Copytz

It is the 5th Night of Knowledge in Göttingen: The science is easy to explain. Thousands of people are on the move, on foot, by bicycle and by shuttle bus.

Göttingen – “Enjoy the night of knowledge until late at night” – with these words Metin Tolan gives a symbolic signal to start the 5th NDW in Göttingen at 17:00 on Saturday. The opening takes place on the big stage on the even larger square Göttinger Sieben, in short the central campus.

Mayor Petra Broistedt will be there, reassuring the university president that things will not be the same as at his previous job, Dortmund, where the mayor managed to “not even put the word university in his mouth” in many speeches.

Start at 5:00 PM on Central Campus

“It’s different here in Göttingen,” laughs Broistedt towards Tola. As the “head” of the German Center for Primate (DPZ), Stefan Treue welcomes around 300 people in front of the stage.

Göttingen Night of Knowledge: Opening at 17:00 on the main stage on the central campus with the participation of the mayor of Petra Broistedt, the rector of the university prof.  Metin Tolana and prof.  Stefan Treue from the German Center for Primate in Göttingen (DPZ).
Göttingen Night of Knowledge: Opening at 17:00 on the main stage on the central campus with the participation of the mayor of Petra Broistedt, the rector of the university prof. Metin Tolana and prof. Stefan Treue from the German Center for Primate in Göttingen (DPZ). © Thomas Copytz

Incidentally, his team is most noticeable in the early evening at the Central Lecture Hall (ZHG) building: The PDZ team’s green T-shirts dominate the huge ZHG foyer and especially on the second floor where PDZ is doing a bold show with information, hands – in class and presentations.

The mascot of Paula and the directors of university clinics at the heart

On the way to the university clinic, it is already noticeable: many people are on the move, by bike, on foot or on the shuttle bus – be they young or old – all commute between the venues of the NDW event. In the UMG heart research building, children meanwhile climb up to the heart, and even Paula, the mascot of the cardiology clinic, squeezes into the center of the megaserca and then waves happily.

Finally, UMG board members Lorenz Trümper and Jens Finke also want to delve into the heart. Photographers shoot the opening photo of the university clinic in front of the megaserc, including some professors such as Wolfram-Hubertus Zimmermann.

Which, by the way, suits the heart: on its ward, a patch of the heart is grown from tissue: it helps to repair the structures in the damaged heart. But Zimmermann cannot stay long: he must go quickly to the lecture hall to give a lecture on “his” topic.

The Night of Knowledge: Children’s birthday in NDW

Meanwhile, the entire birthday party for children under the care of their fathers trotted onto the grounds of the university clinic. Children’s birthday party in NDW, nice fun offer too. (Tomasz Copytz)

Under the skin: a look at human anatomy

Many visitors to the Night of Knowledge are also interested in human anatomy. They are having an exciting virtual journey at the Anatomy Center on the Kreuzbergring.

After Knowledge: Banger physics demonstration

The demonstration of physics “Enchanting Physics” took place in lecture hall 1 in the northern part of the university. It was filled to the last place. Prior registration was required here. In the performance, students of physics from Göttingen show the audience through the world of fiery tornadoes, lasers, lightning, singing clubs and many other interesting programs.

Photo Gallery: Exciting Science Activities on the North Campus

Among the visitors are Anton (7) and Marie (9) from Erlangen who are visiting their grandparents this weekend. Before the performance, Marie doesn’t know exactly what to expect, but a little later she appears on stage in a hands-on experiment – along with her brother and four other children in the audience. When the children hold hands, music is played from the loudspeaker. (Stefan Ramfel)

Max Planck institutes included

Several Max Planck Institutes in Göttingen are also participating in this night of action. They show insight into their research. The central point of contact is the Solar System Research Institute. Max Planck on the north campus.

Vocational College: In the Footsteps of Lichtenberg

Visitors to the campus of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HAWK) on Zietenterrassen are following in the footsteps of the erudite Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. There, small beech wood panels that were previously treated with citric acid water or salt water are exposed to high voltage. This creates random images – a nice souvenir to take home. Researcher Lichtenberg made similar discoveries.

Beech wood planks are artistically designed.  Additionally, dr.  Robert Köhler from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Beech wood planks are artistically designed. Additionally, dr. Robert Köhler from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts. © Bernd Schlegel

A few meters away, it’s all about plasma research. There, visitors will learn how to use plasma for effective treatment of, among others, skin diseases.

Robot Activities at the University of Applied Sciences and Junst: Florian Schwettmann presented this at the Night of Knowledge.
Robot activities at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts: this was presented by Florian Schwettmann during the Night of Knowledge. © Bernd Schlegel

The HAWK main building on Zietenterrassen deals with robot technology. Florian Schwettmann shows how future engineers solve problems by themselves using robots. It will also show how construction sites can be adapted to 3D printers. (Bern Schlegel)

Check your blood group

Donating blood saves lives, and the UMG blood transfusion department urgently needs them. “The desire to donate blood is declining year by year,” explains Dr. Beatrix Pollok-Kopp. “We need 25,000 donations a year – of which we need to buy around 10,000.”

The senior doctor and her team want to raise awareness of the problem and encourage people to donate blood. They offer an interesting free service for this purpose: interested parties can have their blood type tested with a quick test in a tent on the central campus.

Quick blood type test: HNA intern Kira Müller learns after finger prick from Dr.  Beatrix Pollok-Kopp and Jens Gerike are their blood type.
Quick blood type test: HNA intern Kira Müller learns after finger prick from Dr. Beatrix Pollok-Kopp and Jens Gerike are their blood type. © Raphael Digiacomo

Two drops of blood from a fingertip and a few minutes of waiting are enough for this. This is how HNA volunteer Kira Müller learns that she has A blood type – the most common in our region. “I hardly felt anything, it all happened very quickly.”

The interest of visitors was evident, about 40 people were queuing in front of the tent around 7:00 p.m., three hours later it was still of the same length.

Dr. Pollok-Kopp took the opportunity to inform those present about the process and the benefits of donating blood. “About 500 milliliters of blood are taken during donation. You should drink as much as possible in advance. This process helps the body to produce its own blood again “(Raphael Digiacomo / Kira Müller)

11:58 pm: Notebook turns off for the university chancellor

Who has a hand in the game – construction services? After a prior warning at 11:56 p.m. “You will be logged out soon” and a successful deactivation of the overlay, the university rector was caught just two minutes later lecturing in front of 400 spectators in the largest lecture hall, 011. At 11:58 p.m., two minutes before the official end of “NDW” ”, The notebook screen and the auditorium screen darken. End, that’s what it means. But Tolan and his “football physics – sometimes the best wins” met with thunderous applause.

Football is a game of chance

The very statement in “gambling football” that a team that is half as good in a match with just one goal still has a 30 percent chance of winning is very bold. The better one wins at most with more and more goals in the match. But since usually only two or three goals are scored, not that often in the end. But some teams might buy the probability, Metin Tolan kicked in at FC Bayern Munich, which he obviously doesn’t like.

Tolan, a VfB fan

On Bayern: Tolan chose the 2006/2007 Bundesliga table as the diagram – then VfB Stuttgart was at the top, followed by Schalke 04 as “vice” and Werder Bremen in third place.

Tolan proves his humor on several occasions, for example with no new video inserts with interviews with fans, players and team bosses such as Löw and Beckenbauer, or by looking at England’s famous non-goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup as evidence including a jagged goal line – and he stood become a cult on the Internet.

Wembley goal in 1966

It is difficult for the physicist Tolan to prove whether the goal at Wembley was one in 1966 or not, as the rotation of the ball would allow a trajectory from the crossbar to the ground even in the air behind the line. Finally, Tolan bows to the Seeler “Uns Uwe” legend: “He wasn’t in this!”

2014 was a definite favorite for Germany’s victory

After all, the football-crazy physicist Metin Tolan, in his capricious and humorous presentation using the equation and taking into account the results in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Brazil, managed to prove that the final success of Germany at the World Cup in Rio “was a clear victory for the favorites”. The fact that Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ghana are also fourth to sixth among the most likely world champions listed – let us leave that without comment. So in 2014 he won the better one. Incidentally, you can read everything in the book with the same title: “The Physics of Football – Sometimes the Better Wins”. Or at the end of the knowledge night, technology automatically logs off the notebook. (Tomasz Copytz)

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