ZEISS supported the festival with microscopes, workshops and knowledge talks
The 15th Science Festival “Highlights der Physik”, which was held from September 22 to 26 in Jena, Germany, was with more than 53,000 visitors the by far most successful to date. Numerous school classes from all over Thuringia and from nine other states had come to inform themselves or to take part in the competitions. The festival was hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Physics Society (DPG) and the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. The Carl Zeiss Foundation and ZEISS Microscopy supported the event with travel grants for students, educational microscopes and microscopy workshops.
The visitor record was also reflected in completely booked-out microscopy workshops. ZEISS organized 38 workshops with an average number of 28 students. The participants learned about the basics of stereo and light microscopy with ZEISS Stemi 305 and Axio Lab.A1 microscopes.
Another highlight was the booth from ZEISS Research & Technology where our colleagues demonstrated optical experiments. The students learned about optics and photonics in a playful way, assisted by the construction bricks of a very famous manufacturer from Denmark.
Additionally, visitors had the chance to learn all about optical techniques to extend the resolving power of light microscopes such as the Nobel Prize-winning PALM method by Eric Betzig that is exclusively implemented by ZEISS in the ELYRA PS.1 superresolution microscope, or the new Airyscan technology for confocal laser scanning microscopes.
We’d like to thank all participants and colleagues for wonderful days in Jena, the “City of Light” that was selected for the festival in 2015 as a host in the context of the UNESCO International Year of Light (IYL2015).
Another upcoming IYL2015 event supported by ZEISS will be a “Noble Talk” by Eric Betzig at the Beutenberg Campus in Jena on October 8. For further details see the announcement by the Beutenberg Campus (available in German only) – we will have more details and reports from the event soon!