Public Events

Various events take place at the AIP on the Babelsberg campus or at its historic site on Potsdam's Telegrafenberg. In addition, virtual formats are accessible from all over the world.

Observation evenings at the Great Refractor


Normally, the Great Refractor on Telegrafenberg can be experienced in action during winter: Visitors get to look at the stars through the historical telescope during our observation evenings. The dates will be announced well in advance. The dates for 2023/2024 can be found here: Visiting the Great Refractor | Observation evenings.

Babelsberg Starry Nights

Sternennächte Flyer, virtuell

Our popular lecture series is currently taking place online. Usually on the third Thursday of each month, a new lecture by an AIP scientist is broadcast on the YouTube channel Urknall, Weltall und das Leben from 8 p.m.. The dates, speakers and topics as well as links to the previously published lectures can be found on this website (German):

This link can also be found in our flyer, the dates are also entered in the AIP Calendar.

Please note: all the talks are given in German.

Leibniz "Book a Scientist"

Credit: WGL

AIP scientists regularly take part in the (virtual) Leibniz Association event series "Book a Scientist". People interested in science can book an exclusive virtual talk on the scientists' respective research topics, from planets around other stars to black holes and galaxies. More information:

Girls' Day / Zukunftstag Brandenburg

Students, who stand around a smaller reflecting telescope inside a wooden dome with an opened slit.

The Girls' Day and the Zukunftstag Brandenburg for school students will take place on 25 April this year. More information is available at the page Information for schools.

Potsdam Science Day

Großer Refraktor nachts

The Potsdam Science Day this year will take place at the Telegrafenberg on 4 May 2024. The AIP will open the Great Refractor, the Einstein tower and the Michelson basement, and bring the stars a little closer to visitors with a mixed programme.

Science Year 2023 – Our Universe

Science Year 2023 - Our Universe

The motto of the Science Year 2023 was "Our Universe" and the AIP was participating in a variety of events and formats. You can find more information about these events on the page Science Year 2023.

Last update: 22. January 2024