United by Science – United science at the Fraunhofer Campus for the Dresden Science Night

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On the evening of June 14, 2024 Dresden will once again be a hive of activity and many young as well as old night owls will be able to experience science and research interactively at Dresden's universities, research institutions and scientific companies and laboratories. In keeping with the motto of this year's 21st Dresden Science Night – United By Science – the Fraunhofer Institutes FEP, IFAM, IKTS and IWS will once again be jointly opening the doors to the Fraunhofer Campus at Winterbergstrasse 28.

The whole world of application-oriented research can be experienced at over 30 stations at the four institutes. The scientists offer a colorful program for curious visitors of all ages with amazing hands-on experiments, exciting exhibits, a children's quiz, a wheel of fortune and exclusive insights into laboratories and facilities – on this night you can experience research up close. The researchers will also take you into the world of science in various entertaining presentations. And those who would prefer to remain here can find out about opportunities and career paths at Fraunhofer at the various recruiting stations.

Science Power Circle @Fraunhofer IWS

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Die Gruppen Laserschweißen und Laserschneiden des Fraunhofer IWS produzieren Tore für die »Fingerfußball-Challenge« und kleine wie große Hobbyfußballer können sich das live ansehen.

The journey can start at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS. Whether materials, medical or laser technology – the institute's researchers invite visitors to actively discover with small and large hands-on tasks.

For example, they can try their hand at finger soccer and shoot at laser-welded goals. At this station, the scientists from the laser cutting and laser welding groups demonstrate how they cut, fold and weld these goals. The question remains: Who will win?

Another opportunity to get a taste of everyday life at the Fraunhofer IWS is the “Squeegee Challenge”. In additive manufacturing in a powder bed, a complex structure is created from metal powder. Visitors can recreate this process with sand during the challenge. If sand is not your cup of tea, the chocolate 3D printer offers a sweet approach to additive manufacturing.

For all muscle fanatics, the Fraunhofer IWS and the team from the Dresden Cardiac Center offer a glimpse into medical technology. In so-called lab-on-chip systems, the researchers show muscle cells and their reactions. Such systems should make it possible to reduce the number of animal experiments in medical research in the future.

For those who not only want to do science, but also have a career, the career bar offers the opportunity to get into conversation while enjoying fruity smoothies. From training and studies to new challenges, the institute's HR staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Ceramics – indispensable in many industries

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Am Fraunhofer IKTS wird gezeigt, wie man mit Strom und elektrochemischen Verfahren Abwasser reinigen kann.

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, exciting experiments, hands-on activities and exclusive laboratory tours provide insights into high-performance ceramics and non-destructive materials testing. You will be amazed at the products and applications that use ceramics!

At our hands-on stations, children and young people can, for example, “gold-plate” 5-cent coins, look inside objects with VR glasses and prove their aiming accuracy with ultrasonic darts. Adults learn how ceramics can revolutionize the world of energy and how to clean wastewater with electricity. We also show how to print an artificial reef.

Guided tours provide exclusive insights into our 3D printing laboratories and the “Ceramics Meeting Point”. In their presentations, our experts will explain why ceramics, an inconspicuous material until now, deserves more attention and how bacteria can be turned into living stones.

Magnets, metals and sporty water drops

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Am Fraunhofer IFAM können Sie u.a. live zuschauen, wie Bauteile Schicht für Schicht im 3D-Druck entstehen.

The Dresden branch of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM has a lot going on! The institute will be showcasing highlights from the fields of hydrogen technology and additive manufacturing as well as solutions for mobility. In the Innovation Center Additive Manufacturing ICAM®, for example, curious visitors can experience 3D printing in action.

Furthermore, the researchers will be demonstrating in mechanical testing that no nut is too hard to crack for Fraunhofer IFAM.

In various experiments, you can also experience what metallic foams and magnets can do. And in which areas of everyday life they play a decisive role.

Finally, things get sporty at Fraunhofer IFAM when water drops are sent into the race. So on your marks – get set – go!

The world of thin layers – printed, lacquered, cleaned

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Unique insights into plasmas and large-scale coating systems are offered by researchers at the Fraunhofer FEP.

At the Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, the experts for surface coatings will open up some of their plant halls and show visitors the atmoFlex 1250 roll-to-roll system in operation, among other things, and industry-related research can be experienced live. The researchers use a large coating system to explain what varnishing looks like in action in fast motion. Afterwards, young and old can create their own works of art by printing on cotton bags and watch liquids dance along the way. Once your hands are all dirty, the experts from the Cleaning Technologies group show what the power of surfactants can do. The little ones can also make their own soap and discover how our researchers prepare historical objects and clean surfaces in an environmentally friendly way.

At the Fraunhofer FEP, large systems not only stand in the hall, but are also designed and realized here. The Systems division shows how complex prototypes are manufactured and tests visitors' spatial thinking when converting 2D drawings into 3D models. You can find out whether you have got the hang of it in the end by playing the wheel of fortune or by talking to the recruiters on site.

For those who still want to talk about careers after so many exciting impressions, we recommend the career talk in the Audimax on campus. Here, various Fraunhofer employees talk about their careers at Fraunhofer, including Linda Ullmann from Fraunhofer IWS about her path from student to scientist.

The numerous participants at the Fraunhofer Institutes on the Winterbergstrasse campus are looking forward to welcoming many interested visitors to share their passion for science and research - united by science.

For everyone, young and old, the many program items promise an exciting and varied excursion into the world of research at Fraunhofer. Food and drink will be available on site at the barbecue and drinks station.

21st Dresden Long Night of Science at the Fraunhofer Institute Center:


Winterbergstr. 28, 01277 Dresden, Germany
Tram or Bus stops:
Grunaer Weg (Bus 61, 64, 85)
Zwinglistrasse (Tram 2)


June 14, 2024, 5 – 0 pm


Barbecue and drinks station on the campus


Lecture program:

  • “The ceramic quota for disadvantaged material genders”
    Dr. Anne Günther, Fraunhofer IKTS, 8:00 pm, Audimax
  • „My way @ Fraunhofer“
    Linda Ullmann, Fraunhofer IWS, 8:20 pm, Audimax
  • “Living stones - New building materials from bacteria and stored CO2”
    Dr. Matthias Ahlhelm, Fraunhofer IKTS, 8:40 pm, Audimax
  • „Materials for aircraft turbines“
    Dr. Uwe Gaitzsch, Fraunhofer IFAM, 9:00 pm, Audimax

Stations at a glance:

Fraunhofer IWS

  • Fraunhofer IWS-Infopoint
  • Career Bar: Fit @Fraunhofer IWS
  • Imaginative All-rounders
  • Everything Put to the Test
  • Everything Turns
  • Gluing without Glue?
  • Finger Football Challenge
  • Hit the Brakes
  • Move It
  • Squeegee Challenge
  • Chocolaty 3D Printing

Fraunhofer IKTS

  • Kids Quiz: Who has seen our robot?
  • We “gold-plate” your 5-cent coin
  • Beyond the surface: an expedition with the HoloLens through the interior of objects
  • Ultrasonic darts: how accurate are you?
  • Journey into ceramic 3D printing
  • Diamonds? Are more than just jewelry!
  • Clean water from the socket and alternatives
  • Jobs@Fraunhofer IKTS
  • Hydrogen from water vapor? Made easy with ceramics.
  • Artificial reef as a habitat
  • Thermal analysis for customized materials and energy-efficient processes
  • Tour: CerAMfacturing
  • Tour: Treffpunkt Keramik

Fraunhofer IFAM

  • No nut is too hard for us
  • Race of the water drops
  • Attractive effects
  • Hydrogen - fuel and energy storage of the modern age
  • We take you into the 3rd dimension
  • Anything about foams

Fraunhofer FEP

  • Let liquids dance!
  • Printing for young and old
  • Varnishing in fast-forward - large coating systems in action
  • Discover the “nothing” and find out what it can do!
  • MAXI the Great - experience vacuum coating live
  • Hot potential: The versatile role of heat in coating technology
  • Are we still completely clean? The power of surfactants
  • Production of complex prototypes
  • Green energy, a clear future: our commitment to sustainability
  • vakuBIKE - pedaling for “nothing”
  • Fraunhofer meets innovation: Jobs at Fraunhofer
  • CareerTalk - Ensuring the career path doesn't become a hurdle race