Events in 2022

Quantencomputer aus Niedersachsen? Was können Supercomputer wirklich

Public Event
Members of Quantum Valley Lower Saxony (QVLS) and other experts will discuss the potential of quantum computers and the technical challenges in their development on January 18 at the Herrenhäuser Forum. Michèle Heurs will be one of the participants. [more]

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Public Event
  • Date: Feb 11, 2022
  • Location: online
The 11th of February marks the United Nations' International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Institute for Gravitational Physics at Leibniz University Hannover celebrate the event by highlighting female researchers and their work at the institutes. [more]

Public talk “Gravitationswellen – ein neues Fenster ins Universum” (in German)

Public talk
Since the first direct detection of gravitational waves in 2015, our knowledge of the universe has been enriched by a completely new window of observation – we can now not only observe the universe by means of electromagnetic telescopes and neutrino detectors, but also “eavesdrop” on it with interferometric gravitational-wave detectors. [more]
For centuries, astronomy was based on measuring light at various wavelengths. Dark objects, such as black holes, remain largely hidden from telescopes. Since 2015, however, there has been a completely new way to unlock the dark secrets of the Universe: gravitational waves. [more]

Discussion: Einstein and the Quantum: Entanglement and Emergence

Public Event
With his General Theory of Relativity, Einstein illuminated the grand expanse of the cosmos, but he was also instrumental in developing quantum mechanics for describing the microworld. In Einstein’s day, these advances were considered unrelated but recent insights suggest that they may be secretly connected–significantly advancing our understanding of quantum threads that may stitch the fabric of spacetime. Leonard Susskind, Ana Alonso-Serrano and Mark Van Raamsdonk join Brian Greene to examine this newfound link and explore its implications for uniting the laws of the large and those of the small. [more]


Public talk
In the fall of 2015, a new age of astronomy began. Since then, mankind has been observing the universe in a completely new way. Gravitational waves let us, in a certain sense, hear the dark, invisible side of the universe. [more]
This workshop will bring together pioneers and experts of the gravitational-wave era and a new generation of astronomers who will use all available tools to advance the field in the future. [more]

Girls' Day 2022 at AEI Hannover

On April 28, 2022 you can learn how to become a physicist and what you can do with such a degree at a Girls’ Day event of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) Hannover and the Institute for Gravitational Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover. [more]

Future Day (Zukunftstag) 2022 at AEI Potsdam

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam will participate in the Brandenburg Zukunftstag (Future Day) 2022 on April 28 (online event). [more]

Potsdam Science Day (Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften)

Public Event
The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics participates in the Potsdam Science Day (public lecture in German on May 7, 2022 at 5:45 pm). Location: Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. [more]

Public talk (in German) “Gravitationswellen - wenn stellare Schwarze Löcher verschmelzen”

Public talk
More than 100 years ago, Albert Einstein predicted that large, compact, and fast-moving masses, such as those that occur in stellar explosions, cause dents in space-time that propagate like waves. These gravitational waves produce tiny length changes over millions of light-years as small as a fraction of an atomic nucleus. Their analysis illuminates, among other things, the physical processes of distant mergers of massive, compact objects that remain hidden from conventional astronomical measurement methods. [more]

Gravitational Waves as Probes of Astrophysics, Gravity and Fundamental Physics

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno talks about the observation of gravitational waves, the models needed to predict them, and the significance of the knowledge gained. [more]

Soapbox Science Berlin 2022

Public Event
On the 18th of June we’ll take Potsdamer Platz with our soapboxes to talk about science. 3 hours where 12 scientific women* will share their research with all of you through short talks for a general audience and a lot of time for questions!What do you know about robots? Is a pretzel a mathematical object? Do you want to learn about the evolution of our universe? How our brain generates memories? We will talk about these and many more questions. [more]

Science Café: Satellitentechnik und Klimawandel (in German)

Public Event
A whole group of young scientists is ready to chat with you (13:30 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 16:30) about satellite technology and climate change in the phaeno Ideenforum. They will explain how satellite technology can be used to “weigh” mass changes on Earth and thereby record melting glaciers and sea level rise. [more]
In September 2015, gravitational waves from the collision of two black holes were observed directly for the first time. Since then, almost 100 more similar merger signals have followed, and many more are expected in the coming years. But what other discoveries might gravitational-wave detectors make in the depths of the universe, and how does this new kind of astronomy differ from the past? This talk offers a glimpse into the near and distant future of gravitational wave astronomy. (The talk will be in German) [more]

Open Day at GEO600

Open Day
On Saturday, 2nd of July 2022, the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and the Institute for Gravitational Physics of Leibniz Universität Hannover are inviting everyone to visit the German-UK gravitational-wave detector GEO600 near Sarstedt. Between 11:00 and 15:00, researchers at the detector site inform the public about the new era of gravitational-wave astronomy and the crucial contributions of GEO600, a think tank of international research. [more]

Public talk (in German) “Vom Universum in die Lausitz – Faszination Astrophysik für alle”

Public talk
Prof. Michèle Heurs (Leibniz Universität Hannover) presents the ideas of the DZA as a national center with international visibility, driving resource-saving digitalization, developing new technologies, transfer to industry and creating new perspectives - firmly rooted in Lusatia. [more]

Public talk (in German) “Deutsches Zentrum für Astrophysik – Warum in der Lausitz?”

Public talk
Astronomy has always shaped our understanding of the world and of life on Earth. It was and is the driver of progress. Astrophysics today is a high-tech science with great innovative power. It faces major challenges in data processing, computing, and technology development – with much potential for science, business, and digital transformation. The DZA wants to take on these challenges. [more]

Open Day at the Potsdam Science Park

Open Day
  • Date: Sep 3, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a colorful family adventure for all ages awaits you at “Open Day” on September 3, 2022 at the Potsdam Science Park. Children's activities, site tours and science lectures, exciting experiments and a multi-faceted supporting program offer the opportunity for an excursion of a special kind. Discover an extraordinary site in the capital region - between World Heritage Site and Brandenburg Lake District. [more]
This scientific conference focuses on themes surrounding symmetries in supergravity and quantum gravity. These are central in the research of Hermann Nicolai whose contributions have sparked many important developments. [more]
The German Einstein Telescope Community is invited to a face-to-face meeting in Hanover to present status and perspectives in Gravitational Wave Astronomy. [more]

Leibniz AnsprechBAR

Public Event
On Saturday, November 5, 2022, Leibniz University Hannover opens its doors for the citizens of the city and the region from 12:00 to 18:00 CET. The AEI Hannover will participate [more]

Öffentlicher Vortrag „Sieben Jahre Astronomie mit Gravitationswellen“

Öffentlicher Vortrag
In the fall of 2015, a new age of astronomy began. Since then, humanity has been observing the universe in a completely new way. [more]

Public talk (in German) “Sieben Jahre Astronomie mit Gravitationswellen”

Public talk
In the fall of 2015, a new age of astronomy began. Since then, humanity has been observing the universe in a completely new way. [more]
With the “Long Night of Women Astronomers”, Max Planck scientists present their respective research in the field of astrophysics: Silke Britzen from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Nadine Neumayer and Annalisa Pillepich, both from the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, and Gudrun Wanner from the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hannover. [more]

Award ceremony: Alessandra Buonanno receives the 2022 Tomalla Prize

Award Ceremony
On the occasion of the awarding of the Tomalla Prize, Alessandra Buonanno will give a colloquium about her work. The ceremony is open to the public. [more]

Faszination Astronomie Online “Besonderes Licht für die Gravitationswellendetektion”

Public talk
Faszination Astronomie Online offers a half hour of astronomy every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm. [more]
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