An entire city becomes a participatory laboratory! The planning has been going on for over a year – now it’s official: Paderborn invites you to “Expedition Science” from August 12-14! We are very happy to be a partner of this new format, which involves scientists as well as museums, churches, associations and many actors of the Paderborn city society! Here is the press release of the city of Paderborn:

“Thursday, June 17, 2021 | City of Paderborn – In the last week of the summer vacations, Paderborn’s city center will be transformed into an exciting ideas and participation lab: From August 12 to 14, 2021, children, young people, adults and seniors will experience an exciting journey through time in the world of research – over the past centuries to the digital future.

Under the motto “Expedition Science,” Paderborn’s science and research institutions, museums and cultural institutions, churches, associations and people from Paderborn’s urban society invite visitors to experience questions, processes and current findings from various topics and research areas live. The focus will also be on how the search for knowledge has shaped the history of the city of Paderborn over the centuries and what answers scientists have to the challenges of the future.

During “Expedition Science”, visitors will embark on an exciting research journey through Paderborn: guided tours and discovery tours, workshops, experiment stations and expedition cafés invite you to set out into new worlds at various locations in the city center. What does it actually look like in Paderborn’s underworld? What does the organ in Paderborn Cathedral have to do with physics? What does it take to make a balloon that flies into the stratosphere? What is there to discover in the 200 or so springs of the Pader river? These and many other questions from different disciplines will be the focus of “Expedition Science”. The complete program for the event will be available at the beginning of July. Registrations will then be possible online as well as by telephone at the Office for Public Relations and City Marketing.

Together with the University of Paderborn and the Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, the Public Relations and City Marketing Office of the City of Paderborn is planning “Expedition Science” for the first time this year. As a further development of the “Paderborn Science Days”, the interactive and experience-oriented event format is intended to arouse curiosity and offer new, creative approaches to science and research.

The event serves as a prototype for the “Science Festival,” which is scheduled to launch for the first time in 2023. This year, the event concept was adapted to the current situation: Science shows or similar offerings that gather larger crowds in one place are deliberately avoided – instead, program points that can also be attended in smaller groups enable corona-compliant hands-on activities for young and old. With the support of “city2science”, an office for science communication from Herford, a working group with numerous actors from science, culture, church, economy and urban society was established, which jointly develops and implements a diverse program for all age groups.