Guest of the Science Festival “Highlights of Physics” in Regensburg – Regensburger Nachrichten


Ultra-fast physics in Regensburg, a fun opening show and James Bond at gunpoint – all of this awaits visitors to the Science Festival, which begins in Regensburg in mid-September. Among the guests, among others luminary of science prof. dr. Harald Lesch.

On September 19, the “Highlights of Physics” science festival begins in Regensburg with a fun opening show at the Danube Arena. Visitors can expect a colorful program on high-tech topics with physical experiments, acrobatics and music. Free admission tickets are available from the end of August. Festival events will take place throughout Regensburg up to and including September 24.

Great sciences – juggling and Domspatzen as guests

The show of the most important events will be moderated by dr. Angela Halfar, who meets many guests on stage for discussion and experimentation; including astrophysicist and science journalist prof. dr. Harald Lesch, President of the German Physical Society Prof. dr. Joachim Ullrich and the President of the University of Regensburg, prof. dr. Lever Udo and other guys from science and research. Together with his stage guests, Dr. Angela Halfar sets off on a fun journey into the world of quantum computers and quantum materials, presenting, among other things, experimental methods of studying ultrafast processes occurring in individual atoms and molecules. In line with the beginning of the UNESCO Year of Sustainable Development, the performance of prof. Harald Lesch will focus on experiments whereby various scientific links to the topic of climate change can soon be tested in all Bavarian schools.

Exclusive supporting program

The spectacular juggling of Regensburg’s world champion Thomas Dietz and the breathtaking trampoline show by “Cosmic Artists” form the framework of the entire program, which ends with a special performance by Regensburger Domspatzen. Free tickets to the Highlights Show and Final Concert can be ordered at the end of August on the Physics Highlights website. The science festival is organized by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Physical Society and the University of Regensburg.

Parties in the old town

The show of the most important events marks the beginning of the multifaceted science festival “Highlights of Physics”, which takes place once a year in the German university city. This year, the festival will be held in Regensburg on September 19-24. The centerpiece of the weekly event is a large themed exhibition in the middle of Neupfarrplatz. Scientists present and explain their research work here. In addition to the extensive lecture program at the Thon-Dittmer-Palais, exciting science shows with live experiments on stages in the center of Regensburg are held daily, the final of the ‘exciting physics’ student competition at Haidplatz, the popular ‘EinsteinSlam’ lecture competition in the tower theater and numerous workshops for pupils. Special programs are aimed at young viewers aged three to ten: Children’s theater and children’s performances show the exciting world of physics and invite you to join us.

“James Bond in the eyes of music”

At the end of Highlights of Physics, physics professor Metin Tolan will give an evening lecture and concert in the main university hall on “James Bond in the Face of Music”. Together with the Regensburg University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Arna Goerke, Metin Tolan, professor of experimental physics and president of Georg-August University in Göttingen, he takes an interesting look at the physics behind the daring stunts and extraordinary technical gadgets of the world’s most famous secret agents, and the orchestra presents some of the most famous music titles from the James Bond movies, such as “Goldfinger”, “Skyfall” and “Diamonds are Forever”. Free tickets for this event will also be available on the Eventbrite portal from the end of August. Updated information on ticket allocation will be announced on the Physics Highlights website in due course.

Physics highlights the background

Highlights of Physics was established in 2001 by BMBF and DPG. In recent years, the science festival has attracted up to 60,000 visitors a week. The ‘Highlights of Physics’ are supported by numerous institutions. This year’s event partners are the City of Regensburg, the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, the World of Physics internet platform, Sparkasse Regensburg with the Bavarian Savings Association and OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH. Media partners are Bayern 2, Kulturwelle des Bayerischen Rundfunks, sponsored by Hitachi High-Tech Europe GmbH.

AC-Science-Consulting from Dinslaken is responsible for the scientific content, concept and implementation of the series. Local scientific leadership is in the hands of Dr. Stephan Giglberger and Pauline Drexler from the Department of Physics at the University of Regensburg.


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