Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Press Release 102/2010

Find Out What Is Behind It All!

Open Day at KIT – Science Party for the Whole Family
Entdecken und Mitmachen – beim Tag der offenen Tür am KIT (Foto: KIT)
Discover and join in at the KIT Open Day (Photo: KIT)

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, KIT will invite the public to come to the Open Day on Campus North. From 12 to 20 hrs, visitors can discover one of the largest and most diverse research institutions in Germany. Laboratory tours, experiments, and presentations will focus on the major scientific topics of KIT. In addition, an entertainment program will be organized by KIT in cooperation with its medium partner SWR1.
Under the heading “Find Out What Is Behind It All”, KIT will present highlights of science and engineering on Campus North. During the Open Day, visitors can look behind the scenes of large research facilities. The program includes more than 70 offers to discover and join in as well as exhibitions and presentations. In the 2010 Science Year, “the Future of Energy” will be in the focus of the KIT Open Day. In addition, exciting actions from all other fields of research of KIT, climate and the environment, nano- and microtechnologies, elementary particle and astroparticle physics, COMMputation - computing and communication, mobility, optics and photonics, interactions between humans and technology, and many more topics will be highlighted.

A number of popular science lectures will understandably explain major topics from all areas, for example, the use of geothermal energy, climate change in southwest Germany, or intelligent household applicances and electric vehicles.  

Program Highlights
Among others, visitors are invited to discover how gasoline is produced from straw, what microwaves do for aircraft and vehicle construction, which role hydrogen as an energy carrier plays, and what efficient combustion engines will look like in the future. The visitors will be informed about how planes and stratosphere balloons supply data for meteorology and climate researchers and which effects fine dust has on humans. The KIT scientists will present international large-scale experiments that are aimed at identifying the origin of the universe or the properties of matter. They will show instruments to immerse more deeply into the nano- and microworld, the capability of mini swarm robots, and light barriers with visible and invisible light sources. Methods to measure stress and mental capacity will be demonstrated as well as methods to prognosticate the economic development.   

Plakat zum Tag der offenen Tür  am KIT (Abb. KIT)

Poster announcing the Open Day at KIT (by KIT)



In addition, the service units of KIT will present themselves during the Open Day. The Medical Services, for example, will offer an individual fitness analysis. The Steinbuch Centre for Computing, the scientific computing center of KIT, will offer tours to familiarize with the activities. Various consulting offices will provide information on training, studies, and promotion of young scientists at KIT.   

In the course of a research rallye, children and adolescents can discover science and engineering at KIT. Most institutes and institutions will offer experiments and presentations that are particularly suited for children. In addition, a central children’s program and a number of game and fun actions for everybody will be offered.

Entertainment on the Show Stage
Highlights on the show stage will be the interactive science show by the “Physikanten” and the music program organized by KIT in cooperation with its medium partner SWR1. The program will include everything from tap dancing by the “Fun Tappers“ to the “Neue Deutsche Welle Show“ with Markus, Geier Sturzflug, and UKW. The program will be completed at 22 hrs with large aerial fireworks.

The Open Day will be part of the Germany-wide Day of Energy and the Day of Energy of Baden-Württemberg. KIT will be a place in the “Land of Ideas”, an initiative under the auspices of the Federal President.  

The complete program and further information on how to get to KIT and where to park are available on the internet under http://www.kit.edu/downloads/TdoT_Programm_2010.pdf .


Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 24,400 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.

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Monika Landgraf

Monika Landgraf
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