Sunday, 09 September, 2012
NIM-NanoDay attracted great interest
More than a thousand visitors joined the NIM NanoDay at the Deutsches Museum in Munich on September 8th, 2012.
The visitors were offered an interesting stage program with talks of well-known NIM scientists and the comedian Georg Eggers ("Groeg!" - www.groeg.de). He had his special way of explaining the nanocosm to the public: long balloons replaced DNA strands, the soft toy Anna Ameba represented the world of protozoa and with a giant AFM cantilever the comedian scanned the “surface” of the audience´s heads.
The visitors could actively take part in science with hands on experiments organised by young NIM scientists at more than fifteen information booths. The topics comprised all research areas of NIM and ranged from information technology and energy conversion to nanomedicine: For example the visitors could direct nanodrops via joystick and fold proteins by means of a special computer program. Also the detection of nanoparticles in cigarette smoke was very popular. Moreover some visitors could experience science in an extraordinary way: They took part in free lab courses within the museum and isolated their own DNA. A big nano quiz and a childrens’ program completed the NIM-NanoDay.