Science Year 2023 - Our Universe

"Our Universe" is the motto of this year's Science Year 2023.

The Science Years have been in existence for more than 20 years and are a joint initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and "Wissenschaft im Dialog" (WiD) to promote exchange between research and society.

This year, the focus is on getting people excited about astronomy and linking age-old questions of humanity with current research: Are we alone in the cosmos? What makes our Earth a habitable planet? What are black holes?

A wide variety of events and formats are designed to appeal to the general public - from kindergarten children and families to young people and researchers - as well as to multipliers in science, education, politics and the media.

We invite you to celebrate the Year of the Universe with us!

On this page we let you know about the events of the Science Year in which the AIP is participating.

25.01.2023: Opening

Opening event of the Science Year 2023 - Our Universe at the Futurium Berlin, with extensive program. Participation is possible via live stream.


The "MS Wissenschaft"

Credit: Georgfotoart/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0

May 2023: MS Wissenschaft in Berlin/Potsdam

The science ship "MS Wissenschaft" starts its journey in Berlin and docks in Potsdam. Also on board: an exhibit of the AIP on lights of the universe!


The star cluster Westerlund 2 and its environment. Image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team

Further events are being planned, the details will be announced here in time. For example, also in May, we will be part of the Planetarium Roadshow at the Luisenplatz in Potsdam.

In addition, the AIP will participate together with other partners in the exhibition "Beam me up, Potsdam! Einmal Milchstraße und zurück“ and the project „Mars findet Stadt. Auf der Umlaufbahn durch 9 Städte".

Last update: 25. January 2023