On 8 and 9 November, the Falling Walls Conference took place in Berlin. After the conference the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) organised a visit to Berlin Adlershof for some of the participants, showing them the Adlershof technology park in general and some of the institutes located in the area.
ISAS was visited by two groups who heard a short introduction by Professor Norbert Esser and then took a tour through the labs, learning much about the physical basics of polarised light as well as infrared and Raman microscopy. For instance, Raman spectroscopy was used to prove that the spectral signature of a true diamond – one of the participants supplied her engagement ring for the experiment – significantly differs from that of a Swarowski crystal made of glass.
The visitors came from many different countries such as Kenya, India, Chile, and Ghana. One of the groups was furthermore attended by Dr. Jörg Schneider from the DFG and by two staff members of the Falling Walls Foundation.