What do atoms look like? Can robots feel? What does a year without summer mean? The Stuttgart Science Festival answers these questions. 150 events make science visible and tangible to visitors of all ages for ten days.
On June 23, the Stuttgart Science Festival will be held for the second time – with almost twice as many items on the program as at the premiere before Corona. The ten-day festival, which runs until July 2, is organized by the city of Stuttgart and includes 130 institutions from various fields of science. Universities and research institutions as well as cultural and municipal institutions present their presence at 150 events across the city. They illuminate current research topics. It focuses on rapid changes in the world – from climate change to democracy fatigue and declining biodiversity – and how science responds to it.
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In addition to lectures and exhibitions, visitors also have many opportunities to participate and conduct their own experiments. The festival is aimed at interested citizens, but also at children, adolescents, families and school classes. The entire program can be found at www.stuttgart.de and the slogan Science Festival 2022. Here’s a selection:
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In the town hall
Opening of the festival on the evening of June 23 in City Hall with science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar is by invitation only. However, there are several practical stands in the town hall that are open to the public from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., such as the hugging robot Huggiebot from the Institute for Intelligent Systems. Max Planck. The Institute of Space Systems shows docking from the ISS, exploration of Mars and observations from the flying Sofia Observatory. The high-performance computing center of the University of Stuttgart offers a virtual tour of the city. The “Mathematics you can touch” exhibition can be viewed in the town hall throughout the festival. From June 29 to July 1, Fraunhofer researchers will provide information on how robots can feel, see, or draw portraits.
On the market
On June 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there will be practical learning, you will be able to try and visit student projects: there will be e-scooter competitions, insight into artificial intelligence research, demonstrations of self-made racing cars and answers to the questions: What can be done for boredom in the pigsty and for animal welfare? There will be the State Co-operative University, Cyber Valley, and the universities of Stuttgart and Hohenheim.
On the palace square
On June 24, from 4.30 pm to 10.00 pm, the German Aviation and Astronautics Center will present propulsion systems for climate-neutral aviation and explain how “green hydrogen” is produced and how Kehrwoche works in space. From 19:00 it gets musically: with an electro live performance.
The University of Stuttgart invites you to the Science Day on June 25 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the Vaihingen campus. In addition to scientific information, hands-on experiments as well as mechanical engineering rally and insight into product development and vehicle simulation are also offered. At a lecture for children at the university, the youngest discover the space with professor Sabine Klinkner.
The University of Hohenheim opens its campus gates on July 2 from 12:00 to 17:00 and shows its sustainable side: from smoothies made from microalgae to food from a 3D printer. In addition to research information, it offers insight into climate research, tomorrow’s plant breeding and milk alternatives. Children can grow carnivorous plants and go on a quest for biological treasures.
On the Science Day, June 24 from 15:00 to 19:00, the University of Applied Sciences will present solutions for urban districts in times of resource scarcity and climate change, and explain sustainable finance.
At the University of Media, students will present their design works on June 30 during the Media Night between 6:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.: animations, films, sound productions, games, application and software development.
In research institutions
The Fraunhofer Institute Center (Nobelstraße 12) invites families and all interested parties to its campus on June 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., opens laboratories and answers questions such as: How is toothpaste produced in a friendly way. the environment? What will our homes be made of in 2045? Do AI robots set the pace of production? At the Solid State Research Institute Max Planck on June 27, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m., visitors will be able to find out what atoms look like – hard or fluffy? – and what is quantum mechanics.
In the city garden
On June 30 and July 1, universities in the region will present an insight into current projects at more than 25 stations. Topics range from future energy supply and sustainable mobility to life, work and life in the future.
At the Natural History Museum
On June 26, from 10:00 to 22:00, a science marathon will be held in front of the museum in Löwentor, during which visitors will be able to experience the oldest dinosaurs, but also discover new species – there will be no shortage of finesse in zoology, botany and palaeontology.
In the park of Villa Reitzenstein
Scientists will present research with the difference on July 2 from 19:30 to 21:30 on Science Slam.
Rotebühlplatz at the meeting point
At the Adult Education Center on June 30, on thematic stations, you can discuss the environment and climate with scientists. On July 1, visitors will learn what everyone can do to stop insect extinctions, and on July 2, primary school children will be experimenting with light, color and sound.