28.-30. Oct 2011
Three sessions (A,B,C), each with three parallel mini-workshops,
one from each unit.
The general idea for each mini-workshop is that experts give
an introduction to a specific topic (say the statistical physics
of biological systems) to non-experts (say astronomers, particle
physicists, etc.). For short descriptions of the content of each
mini-workshop, please follow the links below.
If you have specific questions (Why
is it at all possible to treat biological systems with
methods from statistical physics?) you can address these
to the organizers before the beginning of the seminar,
so that your questions can be incorporated in the preparation.
To register for the individual mini-workshops, you have already
indicated your preference at
The resulting list of participants for the mini-workshops
can be found here.
A1-3 (Fri, 15:00 - 17:30)
B1-3 (Sat, 9:30 - 12:00)
C1-3 (Sun, 9:30 - 12:00)
Plenary discussion on Friday evening, 20:00:
Career vs. Family?
Plenary discussion about the compatibility of family and career
We have invited physicists working in different fields
(e.g. science/research, consulting, school) who have one thing in
they try to combine a family life with a successful
career. After a short introduction, our guests will share
their individual experiences of ballancing the challenge
between raising children and a demanding job. We hope
for a lively discussion among all participants.
Science Quiz on Saturday evening, 19:30:
Two teams of 4(max 5) students each, one from Bonn and one from
Cologne, will meet in an intellectual and knowledge battle for a
for the honour of the University and for the pleasure and fun of the
There will be two rounds. In the first round questions will be asked
to the teams alternating and time to discuss the answers in the team
will be provided. The second round will be a "buzzer" round where
"quick and clever" will be an advantage.
Wrongly answered or not answered questions will be offered to the
public and correct answers will be awarded.
Without any attempt to be a professional show, this should be a
time for fun of all participants and public.
The students in Bonn and Cologne are encouraged to plan/form their
respective teams in advance. It would be of help if the team members
have their strength in different fields of physics (and knowledge).
In case no clear teams are known in advance, such will be built
ad-hoc in the beginning of the quiz.
We are planning to offer several excursions
to museums in Bonn, for example:
- Deutsches Museum Bonn
- Haus der Geschichte
- Museum König
- Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle
der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
list of participants