Highlights of Physics

Since 2001, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the German Society of Physics organize the "Highlights of Physics". The science festival takes place in a different place from one year to the next and with different subjects each time. It is primarily focused on teachers and students from the age of 12 onwards who can address the subject of physics in a playful way. However, there is also something exciting for all other age ranges.

This year, the attention of the participants in City of Light Jena from 22 to 26 September will be devoted to light and optical technologies under the theme "Plays of Light ". The centerpiece of the event will be an exhibition on the Eichplatz. Visitors can try out and experiment on many of the around 30 exhibits themselves. ZEISS will take part with optical experiments on the basis of a modular system. There will also be the possibility to attend lectures that are especially intended for students from the age of 16 upwards. In addition, there will be a student competition, numerous science shows and workshops.

ZEISS will organize a workshop on the subject of microscopy.

ZEISS Microscopy Workshop

In the ZEISS Microscopy Workshop students and anyone else interested will be given the opportunity to experience the world of stereo microscopy. They will be shown how to use these optical instruments properly. The work on the microscope is aimed at prompting the participants to themselves draw the objects suitable for examinations under a stereo microscope (e.g. patches of moss, inflorescences, insects, small objects from everyday life) that they have brought with them.

Stereo microscopes make it possible to examine larger objects in three dimensions. The first stereo microscope was developed by Ernst Abbe at ZEISS in 1893. This resulted from an idea of the American biologist Horatio S. Greenough, a student of the Jena developmental biologist Ernst Haeckel. Greenough needed a microscope with a large working distance and three-dimensional imaging to conduct research into the life cycles of marine creatures still unknown at that time.