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Science communication at phaeno.

Educating, informing and simplifying complex topics - these are the tasks of science communication. As a science centre, we have various formats in our programme: In In co-operation with Volkswagen we are in close dialogue with universities with our science talk. At meet the scientist, young academics have the opportunity to explain research projects directly to our young and old guests in an understandable way in our exhibition area.

Science for everyone.

The importance of science communication at the Science Centre lies in the challenge of making scientific information understandable and relevant for different target groups. We offer experts and young scientists a platform for dialogue and an interface between the sciences and the public.

Lectures, discussion rounds, workshops and targeted programmes for educational institutions offer opportunities for direct exchange.

Science Talk.

One Thursday evening a month at 6:30 pm, the phaeno Science Theatre hosts a top-class event on topics from science and technology. The format is free of charge.

The science talks are lectures or panel discussions - our aim: dialogues on future topics - the best science communication with the best researchers in the region. The participants come to phaeno from regional universities, research institutions and Volkswagen and are joined by representatives from politics or nationally recognised luminaries.

The events are offered in hybrid form in presence and as a YouTube livestream in order to make them accessible to a broader interested audience outside the region.

Dates 2024.

Topic:Forest dieback, floods and droughts - climate change: What's in store for us?
Target groupPeople interested in science
Costsfree of charge

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time - as researchers and experts unanimously confirm. But what does this mean in concrete terms for the Harz Mountains?

Dr Friedhart Knolle takes a detailed look at the facts, background and future prospects of this topic, especially in the Harz Mountains and Lower Saxony.

Science Talk - Climate crisis in the Harz Mountains


Topic:Space debris and its dangers
Target groupPeople interested in science
Costsfree of charge

Three years ago, the International Space Station dropped a battery from the ISS. Now the media are reporting that this space debris is hitting the Earth. The fact is that the Earth is surrounded by space debris.

Science Talk - Space debris


Satellite in space, the planet Earth can be seen in the background.
Topic:The fight against multi-resistant germs
Target groupPeople interested in science
Costsfree of charge

The fight against multi-resistant germsis urgently needed and realistic with bacteriophages (from the Greek: "bacteria eaters", short: phages), the viruses that can only recognise and attack bacteria like in a lock-and-key principle and are harmless to all other living organisms. In the scientific lecture, microbiologist and phage expert Dr Christine Rohde from the Leibniz Institute DSMZ GmbH* in Braunschweig explains the possibilities, but also the limits of phages and phage therapy and where the path should quickly lead.

More information on the topic of multi-resistant germs


*Recognised as a non-profit organisation

Engineering for the environment: Life cycle engineering

Topic:Engineering for the environment: Life cycle engineering
Target groupPeople interested in science
Costsfree of charge

In the Science Talk, Prof Dr Herrmann will explain the concept of life cycle engineering and show where potential solutions to current problems and challenges lie. One example will be the life cycle engineering of electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries in particular.

More information


Man and music.

Topic:Man and music
Target groupPeople interested in science (music, medicine)
Costsfree of charge

In the Science Talk, Prof Dr Altenmüller will approach the significance of music from an evolutionary and comparative perspective. He will introduce the audience to music psychological and neurobiological findings on emotions when listening to music and making music and establish a link to the history of human development. Prof. Dr med. Dipl. mus. Eckart Altenmüller
Director of the Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.

More information


meet the scientist.

As part of the Volkswagen cooperation meet the scientist, scientists from the region present their research work at a "research stand" in the centre of the phaeno exhibition. This gives them the opportunity to exchange ideas with the guests and gain experience in communicating their work in an understandable way.

In return, phaeno guests have the opportunity to get to know scientists and their projects that they would never normally come into contact with. The focus of the scientists is on groups of researchers or doctoral students from universities, colleges and research institutions in the region, including Volkswagen Group Research.

Dates 2024.

Topic:Electromagnetic fields surround us everywhere, but how safe is it?
Target group:People interested in science
Duration:11:00 to 16:00
Costsincluded in phaeno admission

Electromagnetic fields surround us everywhere in everyday life. They occur when we use our mobile phones or operate electrical devices. In contrast to X-rays, these fields are not ionising and therefore cannot cause any direct changes to genetic material. Nevertheless, there are also limit values that protect us from health consequences.

We look forward to hearing Dr Alexander Leymann.

Electromagnetic fields


A man holds a mobile phone to the ear of a plastic head. Electromagnetic fields are measured.
Topic:Infrastructure monitoring with drones
Target groupPeople interested in science
Duration:11:00 to 16:00
Costs:included in phaeno admission

Discover the future of infrastructure monitoring! At TU Braunschweig, experts Prof Dr Gerke and Jan Backhaus, M. Sc., are working on moving from traditional inspection methods to predictive monitoring. High-resolution drone images are used to recognise and predict damage to buildings. Find out more at Meet the Scientist at phaeno, where the researchers will present their research projects portAI and BridgeInspekt . Do you have questions about drones? Our scientists have the answers.

Drone research


Topic:Infrastructure monitoring with drones
Target groupPeople interested in science
Duration:10:00 to 16:00
CostsIncluded in phaeno admission

The number of vehicles on Germany's roads continues to rise and the transport of goods is also constantly increasing. As a result, the transport sector is not producing fewer emissions, but more and more. How can we still manage to reduce these as far as possible by 2045 and thus meet our climate targets?

Max Schüttenhelm is working at Volkswagen in cooperation with TU Dresden on the composition of renewable fuels and their possible applications.

Renewable fuels

A globe in the background, in front of it are various bottles containing different fuels.


all events
24. Oct
phaeno Slam

The next phaenoSlam

  • on Thursday, 24 October 2024

  • at 19:00

  • at the phaeno Science Theatre in Wolfsburg

  • Admission €8 (reduced €5)

Tickets are available at the phaeno box office and in advance at the box office.


Slam from 14.03.2024