GSI and FAIR at "Highlights of Physics 2021"

Science festival on site in Würzburg and digital


This message is based on a press release of Highlights of Physics

From 27 September to 2nd October, 2021, the big science festival "Highlights of Physics" will take place in Würzburg. The central element is a large hands-on exhibition on the market square. Scientists from all over Germany will present their research there and will be available for questions, explanations and discussions. GSI and FAIR are also represented with a booth and offer facts and entertainment around the future particle accelerator facility FAIR - the universe in the lab. 

At the GSI and FAIR booth on the market place, the accelerator game attracts the public: Young and old can try out for themselves how a particle accelerator works and learn more about one of the largest construction projects for fundamental research. Those who are not on site in Würzburg can still participate: The exhibition can be visited on three days via live stream on YouTube. On Friday, October 1, the GSI and FAIR booth will also be presented. In a subsequent live chat, all online viewers can ask questions and participate interactively. 

In addition to the exhibition, there will be daily science shows on the open-air stage at the marketplace, a varied lecture program, live experiments, and an extensive online offering with an interactive children's program. A daily lecture program will take place in the Audimax of the University of Würzburg, as will the Phänomikon hands-on exhibition. With an exciting mix of an interactive on-site program and digital offerings, physicists will provide an X-ray view into space and show, for example, how lasers can be used to track down greenhouse gases. In addition, the latest developments for quantum computers will be presented, as well as many other interesting topics where physics plays an important role in our lives. With the daily lecture series "Röntgenblicke," the organizers of the "Highlights of Physics" will commemorate the 175th birthday of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen last year.

The week-long physics spectacle kicked off on September 27 with the big Highlights Show at the s.Oliver Arena with ARD presenter Ranga Yogeshwar (watch now on YouTube). The week of events will conclude with a special evening lecture in which Communicator Award winner Prof. Metin Tolan will explore the question of whether scenes from James Bond films are physically possible at all; the lecture will be accompanied by live James Bond film music performed by the Würzburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Both events can also be seen in the YouTube live stream.

The "Highlights of Physics" are organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Physical Society (DPG) and the University of Würzburg. The "Highlights of Physics" were launched in 2001 by the BMBF and the DPG. In recent years, they have attracted up to 60,000 visitors.
Admission to all events is free (in some cases free admission tickets or registration are required). The conditions and infection control measures required for on-site visits can be found here. (LW)

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