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Stuttgart Kids University

Every semester, the University of Stuttgart and the University of Hohenheim present lectures for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

Why not get acquainted with the university in childhood? The Children's University makes it possible. In lectures lasting one hour on average, professors answer exciting knowledge questions. Since 2007/2008, both universities offer one or two lectures each semester for children between the ages 8-12.

Children's University for the summer semester 2017/18

Is it possible to make an invisibility cloak?

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4.00pm - auditorium 47.01
Prof. Dr. Harald Giessen
4th Physics Institute
University of Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Harald Giessen (c)
Prof. Dr. Harald Giessen

Harry Potter had one, and so did Siegfried, the hero in the German legend the Nibelungensage. A cloak that can make you completely invisible? It might sound like something right out of a fairytale, but in the field of optics, research is currently being carried into exactly this topic. Is it really possible to make things invisible? Can light really be guided around objects?

Refraction changes the path of light. This can be seen, for example, if you hold a stick in water and it suddenly looks bent. Using the newest nanotechnology methods, it is possible to construct materials and customize the refractive index so that light can be steered slightly to go around objects.

In this lecture for the Children’s Uni Prof on June 15, Harald Giessen will be explaining how refraction works and how it might actually be possible to make an invisibility cloak.

Auditorium 47.01 at the University of Stuttgart’s Campus Vaihingen is reserved for children only during the lecture. Accompanying adults can watch the lecture via video broadcast in the adjoining auditorium 47.02. Both auditoriums are located at Pfaffenwaldring 47 on Campus Vaihingen.

For anyone who misses out on tickets, here is a small consolation: The lectures at the University of Stuttgart are streamed live on the internet and then stored as a downloadable video.

Please note:  We position cameras in the auditorium so that we can broadcast the lectures live on the internet and make them available for downloading. The cameras are set up to show the children only from the back, i.e. they are not identifiable. Only in case children turn around or lend the professor a hand up front may they be recognizable. We also take still photos on which the children – possibly along with other young students – may be identifiable. These stills can also be called up later on the Internet.

To stream the live transmission a data transfer rate of at least 1.5 Mbit/s is required and recommended. Streaming starts on the respective day of the event at 4 pm.



Online registration for the summer semester at the Stuttgarter Zeitung.

Two seats per registration may be booked for any given date. If your sign-up is successful, you will be able to download the seat reservation confirmation directly. Please print out and bring it to the lecture.

Getting there

To reach the University of Stuttgart's Vaihingen campus:

Campus map

By public transit
S-Bahn: Lines S1, S2, S3
From the "Hauptbahnhof", "Stadtmitte" or "Feuersee" stations, take S-Bahn lines S1, S2 or S3 in direction Vaihingen, Flughafen, Filderstadt or Herrenberg and get off at the "Universität" station.
Bus: Linien 82, 84, 92 bis Haltestelle "Universität".

By car
Take Autobahn A 831 from Stuttgarter Kreuz toward "Stuttgart-Zentrum," to the  "Universität" exit.
Please use the parking lot behind the buildings located at Pfaffenwaldring 7/9.

The Children's University newsletter keeps you up to date on selected events for children that are taking place at the University of Stuttgart such as Children's University lectures, Kids Campus, and Kids Week.

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The Children's University of the last few years covered many exciting topics. Here you will find an overview and videos of the lectures.


University of Hohenheim

Saturday, July 7, 2018 – 11.00 am

Why are we ticklish?
Prof. Dr. Armin Huber
University of Hohenheim, Garbenstr. 30, Auditorium B1
The events take place in Auditorium B1 at the University of Hohenheim. It is exclusively for the children’s use. Accompanying adults can watch the video transmission in Auditorium B3. See more information on the University of Hohenheim Children´s University web page.

Source: YouTube


A joint initiative with our partners at the Stuttgarter Zeitung, the University of Hohenheim and the Initiative for the Advancement of Gifted Children e.V. We sincerely thank Stuttgart Student Services for its support of the Hohenheim-Stuttgart Kids University.


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