Press Release 44/2008

About Clouds, Muscles, and Chocolate Medicine

Sixth Karlsruhe Children’s University with Eight Lectures and Ten Workshops
Trying it out: At the Children’s University, the little students are doing research
(Photo by: Universität Karlsruhe)


Photo by: Universität Karlsruhe


Why do clouds not fall down from heaven, why do rivers need a bed, and why do we resemble our parents – these are only some of the questions that will be answered by the Karlsruhe Children’s University this year. The series of lectures and workshops for children aged 8 to 12 will take place from August 12 to September 4. Tickets for the presentations may now be booked in advance.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 10.45 hrs, scientists from the Universität and the Forschungszentrum will go on an expedition with the children: In lectures with experiments, films, and puzzles, nature and technology will be represented for all senses.

One of the highlights this year will be the visit at KATRIN, the most precise scales in the world, on the site of the Forschungszentrum. With KATRIN, the scientists want to trace the neutrinos, smallest particles that shoot through the universe.

For the Fourth Time: German-French Presentation.

Pupils from Germany and France will meet for the bilingual lecture “Wie fliegt eigentlich ein Jumbo-Jet? – Comment vole vraiment un jumbo jet?” After this, the children may go on a “Polarexpedition – mission polaire” in a German-French workshop offered by the Children’s University together with the Strasbourg Science Museum “Le Vaisseau”. The workshop “Rhythm – Le Rhytme” will also focus on intercultural exchange.

Ten Actions to Take Part in

Doing research also is the subject of the other workshops: Topics range from the genetic substance (DNA) to radioactivity and chemistry, and the little students can experiment, measure, and compare. In addition, a presentation with a music workshop will be offered: Together with a professor, the children will compose a rap song.

Tickets for the lectures are available at 1 Euro at the offices of the Badische Neueste Nachrichten and BuchKaiser (Kaiserstraße). For the workshops, registrations are required: Please register by e-mail here. Participation in the workshops is cost-free.

Further information and the complete program are available on this link. Children only will be permitted to enter the lecture hall – a limited number of parents may follow the presentations on a screen.

The program of the Children’s University was compiled by the Pubic Relations and Marketing Department of the KIT. The event is supported by the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg (Baden-Württemberg State Foundation).


Subjects and Presenters:

Tuesday, August, 12: Professor Thomas Leisner, „”Why do clouds not fall down from heaven?“

Thursday, August 14: Ulrike Schade, ”Why does a river need a bed?”

Tuesday, August 19: Professor Jörg Kämper, ”Why do I resemble my parents?“

Thursday, August 21: Dr. Ilka Seidel, “Heart and muscles: What are they doing all day long?“

Tuesday, August 26: Professor Guido Drexlin, “The most precise scales in the world“

Thursday, August 28: Dr. Klaus Dullenkopf, “How does a jumbo jet fly? - Comment vole vraiment un jumbo-jet?“, presentation in German and French

Tuesday, September 2: Dr. Stefan Kühnlein, Thomas Willging, “Is it possible to decode cryptographs?“

Thursday, September 4: Professorin Heike Schuchmann, “Chocolate as medicine?“


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the merger of the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, member of the Helmholtz Association, and the Universität Karlsruhe. This merger will give rise to an institution of internationally excellent research and teaching in natural and engineering sciences. In total, the KIT has 8000 employees and an annual budget of 700 million Euros. The KIT focuses on the knowledge triangle of research – teaching – innovation.

The Karlsruhe institution is a leading European energy research center and plays a visible role in nanosciences worldwide. KIT sets new standards in teaching and promotion of young scientists and attracts top scientists from all over the world. Moreover, KIT is a leading cooperation partner of industry.

le, July 14, 2008


Monika Landgraf
Head of Corporate Communications, Chief Press Officer
Phone: +49 721 608-41150
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