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DIY microscope on the summer of knowledge

June 24, 2019: "Sommer des Wissens" (Science Summer) – A science festival in the heart of the city

From June 20-23, 40 of Hamburg's research institutions transformed the Rathausmarkt into a campus.

In four large theme tents there were exciting lectures, experiments, hands-on activities as well as a program for school classes and children concerning the topics of climate and environment, technology, natural sciences, medicine, arts and town history.

The HPI was represented with one hands-on activity and three presentations:

On Thursday afternoon, interested visitors were able not only to observe life in a water drop through a microscope, but also to make their own functional mini-microscope for use at home.

On Friday and Saturday, HPI scientists presented their research with entertaining, easy-to-understand lectures. Dr. Jens Bosse explained how viruses are structured and how they can be made visible using state-of-the-art microscopy techniques. Dr. Helga Hofmann-Sieber spoke about "The World of Viruses". She showed the audience the structure of viruses and how to protect oneself against them. Prof. Adam Grundhoff explained how researchers search for viruses, how they find new viruses and how they investigate them.

Over the four days, a total of around 50,000 visitors came to Hamburg’s Rathausmarkt to take part in the varied Science Summer program and to find out more about Hamburg's science landscape.