Hands-on Research at Science & Innovation Days

The University of Tübingen, Max Planck Campus, Cyber Valley, Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media and Technology Park offer four days of discussion, lectures and guided tours.

Join in the discussions and get involved: at the Tübingen Science & Innovation Days from June 29 to July 2, 2022, the University of Tübingen, the Max Planck Campus, Cyber Valley, the Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media and the Technology Park Reutlingen-Tübingen jointly invite interested citizens from the entire region for the first time. The multifaceted program includes interactive events, lectures, workshops and walks through the campus. All program items are free of charge; registration is requested to attend individual events. For full details on the program and registration, visit uni-tuebingen.de/si-days.

Wednesday, June 29

6:15 p.m.: Kick Off with panel discussion: "Knowledge creates the future - science and society in dialogue" (Festsaal, Neue Aula, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz)
Societal challenges need the expertise of science - but science also needs society. How can citizens and researchers enter into an even better dialogue? Best practice examples and discussion with Prof. Peter Grathwohl (University of Tübingen), Prof. Ulrike Cress (Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media Tübingen), Dr. Eric Schulz (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics), Julia Merlot (magazine "Der Spiegel", currently Cyber Valley Journalist-in-Residence), Prof. Thomas Thiemeyer (LUI Tübingen).

Other program items on Wednesday:

  • "Medicine of the Future - A Workshop Report from the Tübingen Technology Park" (Lecture Hall 25, Kup-ferbau, Hölderlinstr. 4, 4:15 p.m., with registration).
  • Reading with author Emma Braslavsky on "Artificial Intelligences of the Future" (Cafe Willi, Wilhelmstr. 3/1, 72074 Tübingen, 8:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 30

5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: Startup:con Tübingen "Science Edition" of the Startup Center (Hörsaalzentrum Morgenstelle, Auf der Morgenstelle 16).
Panel discussion "Startups from science - opportunities and challenges" with Dr. Ingmar Hoerr (CureVac), Dr. Saskia Biskup (CeGat), Dr. Philip Häusser (Ablacon), Prof. Lars Ange-nent (University of Tübingen) and Dr. Philipp Lies (eye2you). Afterwards, startups from science and research groups will present themselves. (With registration at uni-tuebingen.de/de/200653)

8:15 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: Fishbowl discussion "Community in Crisis. What still keeps our society together?" (DAI, Karlstr. 3, with registration).
What does social cohesion mean? How can we strengthen our society - and what role does the dialogue between science and society play? Prof. Otfried Höffe, Prof. Regina Ammicht-Quinn and Dr. Davina Höll (all from the University of Tübingen) will discuss this with visitors. In a fishbowl discussion, a chair on the podium remains free for anyone who would like to join in the discussion. Musical accompaniment by Eric Biscalchin.

Other program items on Thursday:

  • Guided tours (each with registration): Tübingen-Reutlingen Technology Park (2 p.m., Tübingen Observatory, Waldhäuserstr. 70)); iFIT Excellence Cluster (4 p.m., Röntgenweg 11); Geo and Environmental Research Center (4 p.m., Schnarrenbergstr. 94-96); Center for Plant Molecular Biology (5 p.m. / 6 p.m., Auf der Morgenstelle 32).
  • Lecture "Lies, Fake News, Propaganda" with Prof. Bernhard Pörksen (6:30 p.m., Audimax)
  • Alumni Lounge at the Morgenstelle Auditorium Center (4-8 p.m., with registration)

Friday, July 1

5:00 p.m.: The University of Tübingen awards the Prize for Science Communication to Prof. Carla Cederbaum (Ernst von Sieglin Lecture Hall, Schloss Hohentübingen, Burgsteige 11)

6:00 p.m.: Discussion "Climate Change - From Knowledge to Action: Where are the difficulties?" followed by a concert with Dizzy Krisch in a trio.
That climate change exists is undisputed, that we have to do something about it, too. How far can we go to make sure that everyone is involved? The discussion will be held by Prof. Reinhard Drews, Prof. Thomas Potthast and Prof. Kira Rehfeld, all from the University of Tübingen. (DAI, Karlstr. 3, with registration)

Further program items on Friday

  • Open House at the Leibniz Institute for Knowledge Media: poetry with AI, digital classroom and virtual reality in the museum (2-6 p.m., Schleichstr. 6)
  • Open Museum MUT - free admission; guided tour and alumni lounge in the Knights' Hall (from 2 p.m., Schloss Hohentübingen, Burgsteige 11)
  • Workshop: introduction to sensor journalism (all day, with registration, AI Makerspace, Wöhrdstr. 25)
  • Lectures: Current research from biochemistry (2 p.m., IFIB, Auf der Morgenstelle 34); Tübingen - the cradle of biochemistry (3:15 p.m., IFIB, Auf der Morgenstelle 34); Cyanobacteria - future of the plastics industry? (3 p.m., DAI, Karlstr. 3); Organized Crime (4 p.m., Fürstenzimmer, Schloss Hohentübingen, Burgsteige 11).
  • Film and discussion at the Arsenal cinema: How much science is in fiction? (8 p.m., with registration, Kino Arsenal, Hintere Grabenstr. 20)

Saturday, July 2

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Open House on the Max Planck Campus Tübingen
The Tübingen Max Planck Institutes, the Friedrich Miescher Laboratory and Cyber Valley offer tours, exhibitions and hands-on activities on genetics, evolution, brain research and artificial intelligence. (Registration for individual events required on site)

From 8:30 p.m.: Science Notes - Theme Travel (parking lot behind the Technical City Hall, Brunnenstr. 3, with registration)

On a balmy summer evening, we go on a journey: We follow a glaciologist on an Antarctic expedition, hike across the bottom of the Atlantic with a journalist, travel back in time with a paleontologist and accompany early man on his first steps. It's also about jetlags, bats and the sound of science. Brandt Brauer Frick plays live electronic music.

Further program points on Saturday:

From 10:00 a.m.: Children's University Research Day for children between 7 and 12 years (with registration).

11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Open House at the University Archives (Bonatzbau, Wilhelmstr. 32)