12. Science Day

Recordings

About the 12. Science Day

When?
On December 7th
Where?
056 (Aquarium)
Just as every semester, I'd like to invite you all to our ScienceDay, a special event at which we take a look at science-related topics outside the usual spectrum you'd encounter at the HdM. This time, I'm particularly proud to announce Dr. Victoria Grinberg, a real Astro-Physicist! If you have followed past ScienceDays, you'll have noticed that Astro-Physics play a dominant role as we talked about Dark Matter, Relativity and how stars are born. Yet this time, we have a real expert on board!

The ScienceDay takes place this Friday. As always, entrance is free and you'll get some revitalizing coffee :D You don't need any prior knowledge, just an open mind and interest in learning something completely different! So let's hop on to the program! This time, it's all about space:

"Alien Civilizations"
Science-Fiction is packed with all kinds of space faring alien civilizations - usually coming at us to eliminate earth for whatever reason. Most people share the gut-feeling that we can't be so special and that there should be some aliens warping through the stars. However, if we take a look at real astronomical data, we don't find even slightest clues. Why is that? And might this actually be a good thing? In this talk, we'll check what real science can tell us about colonizing the stars and what we can expect from Alien Civilizations!

"Seeing black holes through X-ray eyes"
Black holes are perhaps the most mind-boggling objects ever conceived by  physicists. As the remnants of dead stars and the engines at the centres of whole galaxies, they are key to our understanding of the universe. But they are tiny on cosmic scales and dark and so cannot be simply seen through an optical telescope. How can astrophysicists study something that is, on the first glance, invisible? In this talk, I will discuss why we have to use space-based X-ray telescopes to observe what happens close to black holes and how such telescopes work. I will also highlight some of the exciting observations we obtained in recent years and what to expect in the future.

Open Discussion
As space, Astronomy and Nature Science are hot and broad topics, we'd like to close the day with an open discussion. Bring in all your questions and we'll do our best to answer them!

Program:
14:15 - Opening
14:20 - "Alien Civilizations" - Dr. Andreas Stiegler, Strichpunkt Design & Stuttgart Media University
15:30 - "Seeing black holes through X-ray eyes" - Dr. Victoria Grinberg, Margarete von Wrangell Habilitationsfellow, Institut für Astronomie und Astrophysik, Universität Tübingen
16:30 - Open Discussion - Walter Kriha, Stuttgart Media University

All the talks will be in English, but don't hesitate to ask questions in English, German and perhaps a bit of Klingon. We'll translate!