Together for science: Exhibition stand for research into the universe and matter inspires visitors at the Hanover Fair


As part of its participation in the research projects "ATLAS", carried out at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN, and "BELLE II", which takes place at the SuperKEKB in Tsukuba, Japan, the Semiconductor Laboratory of the Max Planck Society was represented at the booth "ERUM - Exploring the Universe and Matter" at this year's Hannover Messe. From April 17 to 20, more than 4,000 exhibitors from over 70 countries presented their latest innovations, products and services at Germany's largest industrial fair.

For a whole week, visitors to the joint stand were able to gain exciting insights into the day-to-day work of German scientists and learn first-hand what it means to explore the universe and matter, how the particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider and SuperKEKB are set up, and what methods are subsequently used to analyze the data collected. A special highlight and real crowd puller was a microscope with which a fragment of a DEPFET pixel detector, produced by the Semiconductor Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, could be admired in close-up.

The positive response of visitors* to the joint booth clearly showed that industrial trade fairs are also a suitable venue for projects from research and promote exchange between science and industry.

About the exhibitors:

With the framework program "Exploration of Universe and Matter" (ErUM), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany promotes excellent basic scientific research at research infrastructures. In individually organized research foci (ErUM-FSPs), scientists* from German universities and non-university research institutions are networked to jointly answer major questions of humanity.

The ErUM research foci at the LHC

At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful particle accelerator at the CERN research center near Geneva, scientists are working together internationally to investigate the elementary building blocks of matter and the fundamental laws of nature in the universe. More than 1300 scientists from Germany are significantly involved in these investigations. Analogous to the large-scale experiments at the LHC, the German working groups have joined together to form four research foci (ErUM-FSPs): ALICE, ATLAS, CMS and LHCb. Further information:

Belle II Germany

The ErUM-FSP Belle II is an association of all German institutes participating in the international particle physics experiment Belle II in Japan, where they are using precision measurements to research new insights into the elementary building blocks of nature. Further info:

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