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Experience the fascination of research at Deutsches Museum

Excited four young researchers are gathering in front of the digital research station and explore the various microscope slides under the integrated video microscope. On the large screen in front of them, the structures of the preparations are shown in 50-fold magnification and fully explained. By clicking on the shutter the latest discovery is captured on film and may (in addition by a few extra rows) be sent as an e-card to friends and family.

The microscope research station is one of four stations realized by scienceintermedia within the Helmholtz exhibition area in the Centre for New Technologies (ZNT) at the Deutsches Museum. The exhibition area, titled “World of small things,” as well as the accompanying exhibition, focusses on the “search for solutions in the small” and actively offers insights into the research work of the Helmholtz Association. The architecture of the exhibition area reflects this issue as its modules and structural elements are composed of many small blocks. Hundreds of current research questions are applied to the blocks and show the range of current Helmholtz research. On four separate ocular stations imaging techniques, such as aerial photographs from research aircraft or scanning electron microscopy, can also be explored.

Active entry into the Helmholtz research topics

Under the digital microscope fascinating visual worlds become visible: What looks like a giant prehistoric monster is a freshwater shrimp. Helmholtz scientists are using microorganisms, such as the freshwater shrimp, in the analysis of groundwater as an indicator of water quality.

Using RFID coding this kind of background information is displayed for each of the 26 specimens, as soon as the slide is examined under the microscope. Visitors will learn details about the preparations and the specific research context. The four students had not expected Microscopy to be so exciting. Curios they explore the various preparations. Besides preparations from the research context the vissitors own everyday items, such as keys or coins can also be examined microscopically.

e-Card to friends and family

Visitors can share their glimpse into the world of small things with friends and family: The preparations may be photographed via an integrated camera and (in addition to a personal mail) be sent as an e-card with the slogan “Greetings from the world of small things.”

Helmholtz media centers: Exciting insights into the world of research

In addition to the microscopy station at three other stations, the diverse world of research of the Helmholtz Association can be explored. Fascinating series of photographs, exciting audio and video features: at the Media Center stations, visitors can freely browse through the extensive media archive of the Helmholtz Association. The media offer can be considered either sorted by research area and topic, as well as by date.

Ocular stations: scientific imagery and their generation

The fascinating world of research images, generated with large equipment, such as scanning electron microscopes or satellites, may be watched at special ocular stations which are integrated at various points of the exhibition stands. Each ocular stations is dedicated to a particular imaging techniques which are explained briefly in the wall design.

A hundred questions from the Helmholtz Research

What impulses are at the beginning of research? Which questions are the Helmholtz researchers devoted to? One hundred selected research questions from current Helmholtz research projects provide a direct entry into the generated insights and solutions.

The Helmholtz exhibition area in the Centre for New Technologies (ZNT) at the Deutsches Museum is open to visitors daily from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm.

Further information on the Helmholtz Association, see

The Center for New Technologies can be found on the Web at