Wissenschaft auf AEG

Public lectures on current research

FAU presents exciting current research projects to the public in the lecture series ‘Wissenschaft auf AEG’. Students, school pupils and members of the public who are interested in research are invited to attend the public lectures.

The event location ‘Auf AEG’ – the former AEG site – has a unique atmosphere that provides the perfect setting for lecture series. It is a place that promotes knowledge and research where visitors are sure to learn something new. After the presentations the researchers are always happy to answer any questions.

Entry is free of charge.

Event location: Wissenschaft auf AEG

Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN)

‘Auf AEG’

Fürther Straße 250, forum on second floor

90429 Nürnberg

How to get here

Vaccination – A scientific and social discussion

Syringe and vaccination card

Image: Bildagentur PantherMedia/Tino Neitz

  • Monday 28 October 2019, 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Prof. Dr. Christian Bogdan, Institute of Microbiology – Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene

Almost no other medical issue is currently the subject of as much controversial public discussion as vaccination. A draft bill in Germany for mandatory vaccination for measles means the issue has finally become political. The scientific and medical basis as well as the success of vaccines are increasingly taking a back seat.

Christian Bogdan, infection immunologist and medical microbiologist at FAU, is a member of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute. He explains how vaccines work and how the STIKO draws up recommendations for vaccines, discusses arguments for vaccination and objections from those sceptical about vaccinations and questions the purpose of compulsory immunisations.


Nature’s never-ending library


Image: Bildagentur PantherMedia/Nina Seleznova

  • Monday 25 November 2019, 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan E. Wolf – Chair of Materials Science (Glass and Ceramics)

The wide variety of threats faced by living organisms is matched by the strategies they have developed during the course of millions of years of evolution to protect themselves from these threats. Mussels and their shells are a response to the ‘arms race’ that dominates the fight for survival in the natural world. They are impressive proof of how high-performance materials can be formed from simple materials such as calcium carbonate through evolution. Stephan E. Wolf provides a remarkable live demonstration of the stability of these shells and in addition to these ‘tangible’ examples, he shows what the loss of species means for the human race and how science can find the solutions to these problems by creating knowledge through science.

In cooperation with Bionicum at Nuremberg zoo.

Knocking down the House? Female democrats against Donald Trump

The White House Washington DC

Image: Bildagentur PantherMedia/Vacclav

  • Monday 13 January 2020, 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
  • Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Chair of American Studies, focusing on North American literature and cultural studies

During the midterm elections last year, some female politicians successfully took a stance against Donald Trump. The so-called primaries are due to commence at the beginning of 2020. The purpose of these elections is to determine which candidate from the Democratic Party will be standing during the US presidential election against the current President.

Heike Paul presents potential female candidates who are seeking to challenge the current President and who would like to move into the White House. Despite all the controversies surrounding Donald Trump, many women, and above all white women, voted for him during the last presidential elections. It is doubtful that this will be the case during the next election. On the other hand, considering the cultural backlash it is currently experiencing, there is the question of whether the US as a country is ready for a female president.


Videos: A look back at previous events

Plants as chemists, humans and digitalisation or conflicts in medicine – videos of the presentations from ‘Wissenschaft auf AEG’ can be found in our video portal.

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