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27.09.2019

Bright LEGO and colorful balloons – FRM II and MLZ on the Highlights of Physics

Coloured helium balloons Coloured helium balloons Coloured helium balloons at the stand for young and old © Anke Görg (FRM II/TUM)

Coloured helium balloons at the stand for young and old © Anke Görg (FRM II/TUM)

“The neutron – infinite possibilities.” FRM II and MLZ presented themselves under this motto at this year’s Highlights of Physics. The science festival took place from 16 to 21 September at several locations in Bonn and attracted around 60,000 interested visitors with its various exhibits, lectures and interactive activities.

The science festival Highlights of Physics has been inspiring thousands of visitors for 19 years with its varied programme, which is reflected in various exhibits, exciting lectures, science shows and many hands-on activities for children and adults. This year’s venue was the Beethoven city of Bonn. Under the motto “ZEIG DICH! Making the Invisible Visible”, numerous research institutes presented themselves at several locations in Bonn’s city centre from 16 to 21 September. These included the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ) and the research neutron source FRM II, which was launched for the second time at this festival after Wuppertal in 2013.

Uranium glass under black light Uranium glass under black light How it glows! Uranium glass under black light. © Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)

How it glows! Uranium glass under black light. © Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)

The curiosities at the MLZ and FRM II stand in the tent city on Münsterplatz attracted numerous visitors from Monday to Saturday and caused astonished faces and shining eyes. What do ibuprofen, truffles and dinosaur eggs actually have to do with neutrons? And why is there a bowl with banana chips next to neon green uranium glass? According to the motto “The Neutron – Infinite Possibilities”, the interested audience learned everything about the research neutron source and the current research projects. The radioactivity station in particular caused a lot of amazement. Here, visitors could use a measuring device (Kontamat) to determine the radioactivity of various everyday objects and foods such as granite stones, uranium glass, Brazil nuts and banana chips themselves. The motorized LEGO model of the TRISP three-axis spectrometer was also a real eye-catcher with its colorful flashing LEDs. And a brightly coloured helium balloon also convinced the youngest event visitors of the MLZ.

Exhibition at Münsterplatz Exhibition at Münsterplatz Many people visited the exhibition at Münsterplatz in Bonn. © Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)

Many people visited the exhibition at Münsterplatz in Bonn. © Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)

In addition to the large exhibition at Münsterplatz, there were several lectures, a science slam, workshops and science shows with live experiments every day. In the school competition “exciting physics”, which lasted several days, young people from a total of eight German states were able to present their inventions.

With around 60,000 visitors, this year once again demonstrated just how successfully the “Highlights of Physics” have been received by a wide audience. Over 4500 visitors attended the first evening event in the Telekom Dome, which was moderated by Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and TV presenter Ranga Yogeshwar. This great fascination for physics on the part of the public was particularly appreciated by the event’s organizers – the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Physical Society (DPG) and the University of Bonn.
Also in the coming year the organizers will put together a proper program for all physics enthusiasts. The 20th edition of “Highlights of Physics” will focus on the 175th birthday of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.

Bonn's city centre
Bonn's city centre

Many research institutes can be found in many places in Bonn’s city centre.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)
Exhibition at Münsterplatz
Exhibition at Münsterplatz

Many people visited the exhibition at Münsterplatz in Bonn.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)
Opening show
Opening show

The opening show of the Highlights of Physics is a real spectacle.

© Anke Görg (FRM II/TUM)

Coloured helium balloons at the stand for young and old

© MLZ / FRM II
At the stand
At the stand

At the stand, a broad audience of children, students, professors and experts could tell a lot about the research neutron source and the MLZ.

© Anke Görg (FRM II/TUM)
LEGO model of TRISP
LEGO model of TRISP

The luminous LEGO model from TRISP attracts many interested people.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)
Radioactivity station
Radioactivity station

Much amazement at our radioactivity station.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)
Uranium glass under black light
Uranium glass under black light

How it glows! Uranium glass under black light.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)
live experiments
live experiments

On the highlights of physics there are a lot of live experiments, where there are flashes and crashes.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)
The physicists
The physicists

With their science show, the physicists created a great atmosphere on the Münsterplatz.

© Luisa Heyer (FRM II/TUM)

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