Pioneers of Science in Hamburg

Exhibition about the Nobel Prize laureates of the Max Planck Society

The touring exhibition developed on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Max Planck Society is now visiting Hamburg from January 24 and will conclude on March 1 at the Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky State and University Library as part of a finissage with a panel discussion.

"Pioneers of Knowledge" chronicles how the research of later Nobel Prize winners changed people's everyday lives and shaped the modern world - including Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, Paul Crutzen's research of the ozone hole and Karl Ziegler’s patent for the production of polyethylene in 1953. Particularly noteworthy in Hamburg:  Klaus Hasselmann's contributions to climate research. These and other discoveries that were honoured with the Nobel Prize between 1915 and 2022 also offer a representative snapshot of scientific advancements in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Opening hours 24.01. - 01.03.2024

Monday - Saturday | 10.00 - 18.00

Location: Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky, in the atrium of the old building

Free guided tour through the exhibition

Dates Monday - Saturday (for individuals)

12.00 (German) | 14.00 (English)

Duration approx. 20 min

Participation without registration | max. 12 people per tour

Discover even more facets of science in the supporting program:

Nobel Quiz - How do you become a Nobel Prize winner?

Science entertainment with pub quizzers Tom and Darren. For everyone who has always wanted to know what you have to do to win the Nobel Prize. Play with and against each other in small teams.

20.02.2024 | 19.00

Location: ÜberQuell, St. Pauli Fischmarkt 28 - 32, 20359 Hamburg


Finissage with panel discussion: Sustainable society - how can the transformation succeed?

01.03.2024 | 18.00        

Prof. Dr. Patrick Cramer, President of the Max Planck Society
Katharina Fegebank, Second Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Senator for Science, Research and Gender Equality
Prof. Dr. Jochem Marotzke, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg
Prof. Dr. Stefan C. Aykut, Mercator Endowed Chair of Sociology, University of Hamburg

Moderation: Dr. Tanja Busse, freelance journalist

Location: Hamburg State and University Library, Lecture room, Von-Melle-Park 3, 20146 Hamburg


Regardless of time and place discover the extensive digital story "Pioneers of Knowledge".

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Exhibition and supporting program are free of charge.


Dörte de Graaf
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology