“We do well to deal with facts” said Prof Dr. Guido Quelle, President of the Dortmund Foundation, which organized the Dortmund Science Day in cooperation with the city of Dortmund and windo e.V. summarizing the objectives of this public event with Dortmund´s scientific institutions. And there were a lot of chances to deal with facts in an entertaining way on the guided tours through the scientific facilities of the town.
People registered for one of these 13 tours to get to know scientists and their fields of work and to bombard them with their questions.
Along with Leibniz-Institut für Arbeitsforschung (IfADo), ISAS organized a tour themed „Nature as a top designer“, which was fully booked after a few days. At ISAS, the participants got insights into the biomedical laboratories and they were asked to identify objects greatly enlarged by an electron scanning microscope. Dr. Roland Hergenröder, group leader of Bioresponsive Materials, demonstrated impressively, that facts can be imparted in an amusing but catchy way. The scientist showed a picture of the “interface” between the home and the guest block in a soccer stadium in order to illustrate his research field and explained at it biological process analyses in the transition area, e.g. from solid to liquid.
At IfADo, the participants gained a comprehensive insight into the institute´s liver research. A vivid lecture by the scientific director Prof. Dr. Jan Hengstler offered an introduction on how the heaviest organ in the human body is working. During the following tour, the guests looked into a microscope and carried out a small experiment with a fluorescent.
The IfADo-ISAS-Team thanks both the participants for their interest in the institutes and the sponsors of the Science Day for the great organization!