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.

Science Year 2023 – Our Universe

Science Year 2023 - Our Universe

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

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.

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.

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:

Day of the Open Monument


On the occasion of the Day of the Open Monument 2023, the “Förderverein Großer Refraktor e.V.” association opened the doors to the historic refracting telescope on 10 September from 10 am to 6 pm. The members of the association offered guided tours of the astrophysical highlights of the Telegrafenberg as well as a demonstration of the telescope. More information here.

Long Night of Astronomy

© SPB, Foto: Pedro Becerra
Credit: © SPB, Foto: Pedro Becerra


Under the shooting stars of the Perseids meteor stream, you will enjoy a colourful night at the Tempelhofer Feld that will send you on a thrilling journey of space discovery free of charge: Whether it's joint celestial observations with telescopes, guided tours of constellations, a science slam, live music, craft stations for children or diving into strange worlds in the mobile planetarium INTENSE: a varied programme with numerous activities for young and old awaits you at the big anniversary festival, guaranteed to get you excited about the magical cosmos of astronomy. The highlight of the night will be the Perseids meteor streams, with up to 100 shooting stars per hour in the night from 12 to 13 August and 50 shooting stars per hour in the days before and after. More information:

Long Night of the Sciences and Potsdam Science Day

Großer Refraktor nachts

At the Berlin-Potsdam Long Night of the Sciences on 17th June 2023, the AIP opened the Great Refractor and the Einstein Tower and Michelson basement. The complete AIP programme can be found here. The AIP also participated in the Potsdam Science Day – this year on 6 May 2023 - with a booth and a lecture (Prof. Dr. Lutz Wisotzki at 3 pm on "The cosmic time machine - what we can learn from light of distant galaxies", in German).

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 took place on 27 April this year. More information is available at the page Information for schools.

Last update: 28. September 2023