On July 14-15, 2017 the Freiburg science market called for “Knowledge. Amazement. Participation.” Hundreds of visitors flooded the Münsterplatz to experience the nearly 60 exhibits about science you can touch. “We were thrilled to participate again this year!” explains Florence Dancoisne, coordinator for Eucor – The European Campus at the University of Freiburg. This year, together with the International Training Group Soft Matter Science, the European Campus presented the various possibilities of the three-country area at its booth. Participatory chemistry experiments and a three-country quiz were a part of their program.
„The science market is intended to excite the broader public and to show them what we do on a daily basis,” explains Dancoisne further. ”The young researchers from Soft Matter Science clearly presented their chemistry experiments – at the same time we wanted to explain the concept of the European Campus and to make people area of the great opportunities available in the three-country area!”
Doctoral students from Soft Matter Science who conduct binational research between Freiburg and Straßbourg, answered questions about scientific experiments about, for instance, how chemical substances are released in medication and what a titration actually is. For those less interested in science, they were able to test their three-country skills in the form of a “three-country area” quiz. It wasn’t just about scientific or university cooperation – but also about general knowledge about our direct neighbors and the surrounding area.
The Freiburg science market takes place on the Münsterplatz every two years as a cooperation between the University of Freiburg and the Freiburg Economy, Tourism and Exhibitions (FWTM) association. It offers a behind-the-scenes look at the University hospital as well as at various university faculties, research institutions and research-oriented companies from the area. The goal of the event is to transfer knowledge about science and research in a playful manner to make it understandable for both young and old.