Why and how the University Celebrates Helmholtz

Helmholtz in front of the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt
Source: Bildarchiv des Universitätsarchivs Heidelberg

Hermann von Helmholtz was born in Potsdam 200 years ago. He is one of the last international universal geniuses and is also considered the inventor of interdisciplinary research. Helmholtz is the namesake for numerous formulas and physical laws. He is a role model for hundreds of teaching and research institutions and ultimately embodies important ideals and visions of the University of Potsdam. Together with many cooperation partners, the University of Potsdam would like to celebrate the 200th birthday of the famous Potsdam scientist in 2021. On the one hand, by recalling what and how he researched and which discoveries (that are commonplace for us today) can be traced back to Helmholtz. On the other hand, the university intends to implement Helmholtz's visionary integrative approach to research into the 21st century.

Helmholtz Events in 2021

May 8 2021:
Why actually is Helmholtz so famous? The Potsdam physician made inventions that we still use today and recognized natural phenomena that are so commonplace for us that we don't even think about them.  With three video hands-on home experiments - our digital Helmholtz Experiment DIY-Kits - we want to prove that Helmholtz was a genius.
Potsdam Science Day: www.potsdamertagderwissenschaften.de
or here: Our Helmholtz Experiment DIY-Kits - Hands-on Home Experiments

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July 2021 (date and registration option to be announced)
Helmholtz Science Dinner in the Wissenschaftetage at the Bildungsforum Potsdam. Entertainingly staged and expertly presented: ProWissen invites you to a special dinner. Our guests will have the opportunity to talk with a renowned Helmholtz researcher during a thematically prepared four-course meal.

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July - September 2 2021
Helmholtz invented it - PhänoMINTa exhibition: The exhibition, which will be shown from July to September 2 in the Science Floor at the Bildungsforum Potsdam, puts Helmholtz's inventions and achievements into a current context. For more information, click here.

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August 31 2021
On the occasion of the actual 200th birthday of Hermann von Helmholtz, proWissen Potsdam e.V. organizes the International Tuesday around the experiments and trials of Hermann von Helmholtz on the Inselbühne on the Freundschaftsinsel.

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September 2 2021
Scientific Salon as a finissage to the exhibition "Helmholtz-PhänoMINTa on the topic: Hermann von Helmholtz - the genius and optics". For more information and to register, please visit: www.uni-potsdam.de/de/uniges/veranstaltungen/wissenschaftlicher-salon

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August 9 - September 10 2021
Understanding Helmholtz at the Extavium hands-on museum in Potsdam. Playfully understand the inventions of Hermann von Helmholtz. More information coming soon here: www.extavium.de

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During the Festive Season - Physics in Advent
24 small, simple experiments and physics puzzles: a very special Advent calendar. From December 1 to 24, an experiment is presented every day for you to try out. All calendar doors can be found here: www.physik-im-advent.de

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Helmholtz`Ophthalmoscope

Helmholtz invented it - PhänoMINTa Exhibition

The exhibition, which will be shown from July to September 2 in the Science Floor at the Bildungsforum Potsdam, puts Helmholtz's inventions and achievements into a current context.

A suitcase and an old camera on top of it.

Experiment with our Helmholtz DIY-Kits

Helmholtz's inventions are so commonplace for us today that we don't even think about them. With three hands-on home experiments - our Helmholtz Experiment DIY- Kits - we show that Helmholtz was a gen

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