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Set-up of the guided tours

  • Axel Quetz receives the bookings for the tours. He plans the stations and informs the relevant parties including the student-contact, i.e. Jochen Tackenberg.
  • Vesselina is then looking for a student willing to give the tour.

If you happen to be this student, that's awesome. Public outreach is important not only for the institute and astronomy in general but also for yourself.

  • As the student tour-guide you are now expected to do the following:
    • Contact the person from the visiting group as soon as possible, to clarify their particular interest, how they are coming up (inform them about the hourly bus connection), if they are coming by bus, do they know the way from the bus stop to the institute etc.
    You can find the contact address here.
    • Because of the lack of staff at the reception in the afternoons, it may be necessary to arrange that the visitor group can enter the main building when they arrive, e.g. using the outdoor telephone at the entrance to contact you.
    • Give a 30 minutes presentation (see below) about the institute and if desired your own work (briefly).
    • Guide the group to the different stations, where the actual talking is done by the station people.


  • The official presentations in german and english, prepared by Mathias Jaeger, revised by Klaus Jaeger, is available:
    • German Version (March 1st, 2011)
    • English Version
    • Bevor you give the tour with this presentation, fill in your Name on the first slide and add some personal scientific information to the slide "Alltag eines Wissenschaftlers". Feel also free to exchange slides and add some other information to the presentation!
  • There is also a presentation for children (9-11 years) available:
    • German Version Δ
    • Bevor you give the tour with this presentation, fill in your Name on the first slide. Feel also free to exchange slides and add some other information to the presentation but keep in mind that you are speaking to children without any astronomical / science background!
  • Older presentations:
  • It is also very welcome to utilise the TV at the main entrance or the staircase images so that the visitors can get an idea of what is done at the MPIA.


The stations that can be visited are

  • the elctronics lab
  • the precision workroom
  • the ccd room
  • the infrared lab
  • the telescope in the Elsaesser lab will soon also be offered again

Once upon a time students had to organise the whole guided tour. Back then it was important to know who to adress for which station. I leave this here, in case you need something special for a tour...

People to address for particular stations

  • Cryogenic lab (called Faraday): notify Oliver Krause, he will try to find a slot and a showmaster
  • 70cm-Telescope: André Müller, Jan Pitann, it will take at least 30 min!!!
  • Scientific work: ?
  • CCD lab: Charly (Karl-Heinz) Marien
  • Adaptive Optics lab: Daniel Meschke (Who should be asked beforehand)
  • Feinmechanikwerkstatt: Armin Boehm (only in German?)
  • LINC-NIRVANA Construction Hall + LBT Model: Tom Herbst, Fulvio deBonis, Daniel Meschke, Martin Kürster (should in any case be contacted)
  • The astronomy pictures in the light cubes and the staircase: Hendrik Linz

Stations where you can show something on your own

  • Universe model in front of the coffee lounge in the 1st floor
  • ISO filter wheel and electronics right next to the model of the universe
  • Planetary Walk in the basement
  • Calar Alto Telescope Models and the Cerodur Glass in the entrance lobby
  • SDSS Table in front of the coffee loung in the 1st floor
  • or... any of the posters around
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