Public Events

UniStem Day

The main aim of UniStem Day is to educate pupils about the latest findings in stem cell research and its potential, as this field is advancing so rapidly at present that the school curriculum can hardly do justice to it. Nationwide, over 1,000 upper-school pupils in eight German cities visited institutes and universities to explore stem cell use in research and medicine. Europe-wide, more than 25,000 school pupils in Italy, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, Denmark and (for the first time) Germany learned about these all-rounders of the cell world. The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) initiated the UniStem Day in Germany in 2016 Apart from Hannover, the research institutes and facilities participating in this country were in Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Dresden, Heidelberg, Jena, Münster and many more.

#4 UniStem Day 2019: 15 March 2019

Program (in German)

#3 UniStem Day 2018: 16 March 2018

Program (in German)

#2 UniStem Day 2017: 17 March 2017

Program (in German)

#1 UniStem Day 2016: 11 March 2016 – Life Sciences: Ignite Talks

In conjunction with Hannover’s business development enterprise hannoverimpuls and the ‘neuwärts’ agency, the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence will be holding a new series of talks. The format is brief, with events featuring three speakers from the world of medicine. Each of them has 12 minutes to present their project, followed by 12 minutes for questions from the audience and then another 12 minutes of networking over a drink. The audience will be a good mix, from specialists to passers-by just dropping in. Events will be held on a roughly quarterly basis, with the chief aim of raising the general public’s scientific awareness.

Venue: Transformationswerk, Vahrenwalder Str. 269, Hannover – Life Sciences #5: 31 May 2018, 7.00 p.m.

  • Professor Axel Schambach, MHH-Institut für Experimentelle Hämatologie
  • Dr. Lena Grams, MHH-Institute for Sports Medicine
  • Professeor Matthias Schönermark, SKC-Beratung GmbH – Life Sciences #4: 22 Febuary 2018, 7.00 p.m.

  • Professor Nils Hoppe, REBIRTH-Unit Ethical and Legal Dimension (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
  • Professor Rainer Blasczyk, Institute for Transfusion Medicine (Hannover Medical School)
  • Startup SisyFox – Life Sciences #3: 31 August 2017, 7.00 p.m.

Rima Rifai of the company SmartSense will be illuminating how smartphones can be used for labatory diagnostics. REBIRTH’s PD Dr. Nico Lachmann of the Medizinischen Hochschule Hannover will be reporting on how he produces blood from stem cells. And Professor Josef. H. Fangmann of the Klinikum Region Hannover will present technical innovations for liver surgery. For further information (in German) click here. - Life Sciences #2: 30 March 2017, 7.00 p.m.

REBIRTH's Professor Alexander Heisterkamp of Laser Zentrum Hannover e. V. will be illuminating how optogenetics uses light to remote-controls cells. REBIRTH's Dr Norman Zinne of Hannover Medical School (MHH) will be reporting on how he handles and treats organs outside the body using the Organ Care System. And Stefan Meyer of Implandata Ophthlmic Products GmbH will explain how his start-up is designing an implantable sensor enabling patients to measure their intraocular pressure at home. For further information (in German) click here. - Life Sciences #1: 27. October 2016, 7.00 p.m.

How do you mend a broken heart? How can molecular biology, scalpels and scanners help to solve crimes? And what exactly is biohacking? These and other questions will be answered by a trio of experts: REBIRTH's Dr Zweigerdt of MHH’s Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery; Professor Klintschar of MHH’s Institute of Forensic Medicine; and Dr Kramer of Digiwell. For further information (in German) click here.

IdeenExpo 2017

The IdeenExpo (‘Ideas Expo’) has been held every two years since 2007. Its aim is to get school pupils excited about scientific and technical careers. The event has become Germany’s largest science and technology show for young people.

IdeenExpo 2017: 10 to 18 June 2018

No sooner, it seemed, had the ‘IdeenExpo’ opened its doors than a queue formed in front of the cell-shaped tents of the 1,000 square metre REBIRTH Inside display. The line did not shorten until the early evening, and this pattern was repeated on each of the next eight days. Between 10 and 18 June 2017, some 20,000 pupils, teachers, parents and other curious visitors went on a time journey to the year 2050 and marvelled at the medicine of tomorrow. With great dedication, enthusiasm and stamina, REBIRTH researchers – including professors, post-docs, doctoral and other students, and school-leavers doing a Research Gap Year (FWJ) – guided the visitors round the five tents.

Here you can find impressions and a report. For further information visit

IdeenExpo 2015: 4. to 12. July 2015


IdeenExpo 2013: 24. August bis 1. September 2013


IdeenExpo 2011: 27. August to 4. September 2011


IdeenExpo 2009: 5 to 9 September 2009



HerrenhausenLate is a series of events organized by the Volkswagen Foundation in cooperation with Hannover's universities.

Venue: Schloss Herrenhausen, Herrenhäuser Straße 5, 30419 Hannover

HerrenhausenLate #2: Anything goes? Are there limits to what modern medicine can and should do?”
1 november 2016, 8.30p.m

Professor Thomas Thum, cardiologist and researcher at Hannover Medical School (MHH), and Professor Nils Hoppe, an ethicist at the University of Hannover, will be discussing medical and ethical challenges surrounding the clinical use of recently developed cardiovascular treatments. For further information (in German) click here.

 HerrenhausenLate #1: Stem cells = allrounder.
1 november 2016, 8.30p.m

What is regenerative medicine able to do? The dream of regenerative medicine is to make spare parts for the human body in the lab to save the lives of seriously ill people. This hope lies in the new allrounders of the cell world: induced pluripotent stem cells. They can already be used to produce blood cells that could one day make up for the shortfall in blood reserves. And that’s not all: stem cells harbour considerable potential for new treatments, creating a real opportunity for medical breakthroughs. Human biologist Nico Lachmann and medic Christine Happle are working together to develop just such a therapy for sufferers of a rare lung disease.The Volkswagen Foundation will be hosting an event, involving audience discussion, at which Lachmann and Happle will be looking at the possibilities and limits of stem cell research, the impact of these cells on medicine and why science fiction could soon become reality. For further information (in German) click here.

Autumn Academy for Teachers

Since 2009, the REBIRTH Cluster of Excellence and the Leibniz Research School QUEST, in conjunction with Lower Saxony’s Ministry of Education, has held a biannual ‘Autumn Academy’ during the school holidays. Teachers of the technical subjects are invited to experience cutting-edge research right up close. Knowledge from the fields of science, technology (including IT), engineering and mathematics – the STEM disciplines – is required for exploration of current issues surrounding regeneration and quantum physics. The Autumn Academy provides an opportunity for teachers to augment their theoretical knowledge with recent research findings, approaches and methods, and to discuss these with colleagues. At the same time, we hope that participating teachers will carry their enthusiasm for research – and ours – into the schools, which may inspire pupils to become researchers themselves in the long term. We would be delighted to welcome you back in Hannover for this event. The next Autumn Academy will be held on 13 October 2017.

Autumn Academy #5: 13 October 2017

Autumn Academy #4: 30 October 2015

Autumn Academy #3: 4 October 2013

Autumn Academy #2: 27 - 28 October 2011

Autumn Academy #1: 5 - 8 October 2009

Modern Cell Therapies - Stem Cells for Heart and Liver Diseases

Panel discussion and short movies on
Wednesday, 13. September 2016

Prof Dr. Axel Haverich, Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery (HTTG), MHH/REBIRTH
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Martin, Leibniz Forschungslaboratorien für Biotechnologie und künstliche Organe (LEBAO), MHH/REBIRTH
Prof. Dr. Michael Manns, Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Endocrinology, MHH/REBIRTH
Prof. Dr. Nils Hoppe, Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences Hannover, LUH/REBIRTH

Dr. Stefanie Seltmann, DKFZ Heidelberg

HAZ-Forum at Anzeiger Hochhaus, Goseriede 9, 30159 Hannover

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