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Posted: October 8, 2007
170 metres of cutting-edge German research
(Nanowerk News) On October 4, 2007, the Max Planck Society's Science Tunnel was ceremonially opened in Seoul, South Korea. At the centrally located Seoul Museum of History, visitors to the multimedia exhibition are taken on a fascinating journey through the world of modern research. The exhibit, which also promotes research in Germany, will be opened on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Conference of German Business (APK), which is being hosted in Seoul this year. The opening ceremony for the Science Tunnel will be attended by more than 200 guests, including the President of the Max Planck Society, Prof. Peter Gruss and Woo-lim Kim, the Director of the Seoul Museum of History, as well as Ms. Doe-sun Na, chairperson of the Korea Science Foundation, and the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA), Dr. Juergen Hambrecht.
Immerse yourself in the world of science: the Science Tunnel takes visitors on an impressive tour of the Max Planck Society's research work. (Image: Max Planck Society)
The Science Tunnel presents a multitude of new and visually impressive still images and video material from the leading edge of research in Germany. The material comes principally from Max Planck institutes, with some also originating from German universities and other research institutes. With numerous unique displays and hundreds of pictures and videos from the world of research, exhibition visitors can enjoy the virtual experience of watching scientists at work.
From the smallest to the biggest
The exhibition in Seoul is financed by Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as well as several South Korean partners. The initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and the TRUMPF Group are involved as well, providing an additional module for the Science Tunnel in Seoul: its objective is to present Germany as a research location in all its diversity.
With the Science Tunnel, the Max Planck Society’s aim is show visitors the strength and attractiveness of Germany's research activities internationally. The journey starts with the smallest elements of all material (measured in femtometres, or 10-15 m) and ends with a look at the entire Universe (1025 m). Visitors are able to gain spectacular insights into the world's inner and outer dimensions and experience the limits of space and time. In this day and age, most new knowledge comes from research into processes that are either too small, too big or too fast for the human eye to see without the help of complex technology. The fascination of this kind of scientific quest for knowledge is what the Max Planck Society wants to demonstrate, especially to young people.
Since 2005, this 170-meter-long multimedia exhibition has transported visitors into the world of cutting-edge research. The Science Tunnel has already been displayed in Ludwigshafen, Tokyo, Singapore, Shanghai, Dresden, Brussels und Johannesburg. The initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" named the travelling exhibition one of its Landmarks for 2007.