Entering, testing and touching will be greatly welcomed! The three-storey exhibition “Discover what moves us” offers the opportunity to learn more about our own bodies in an interactive and playful manner. Multimedia installations help visitors understand inventions that provide more mobility for people with physical impairments. Movement is the core topic of the exhibition.
Here, you can test how the human sense of balance works. What it’s like to ride through Berlin in a wheelchair. Or what our hand has to accomplish when we catch a pen. Other topics include an explanation of the functionality of mind-controlled prostheses, for example.
The monitors for the multimedia applications are installed so that they can be readily used in a standing position or from a wheelchair.
Exhibition opening hours:
Thursday through Monday | 10 am to 6 pm
Admission to the Science Center is free.
Address and directions
Ottobock Science Center Berlin
10117 Berlin, Germany
Phone +49 (0)30 398 206 0
Arriving by public transport:
Approx. two minutes to Potsdamer Platz station:
Rail: regional and intercity
Commuter railway: lines S1, S2, S25
Underground: line U2
Bus: lines M41, M48, M85, 200, N2
Arriving by car/taxi:
approx. 10 minutes to Berlin Central Station
approx. 30 minutes to Tegel Airport
approx. 45 minutes to BER Airport Berlin-Brandenburg (Schönefeld)
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The fascination of walking and grasping
Interactive multimedia installations featuring an organic look extend across the first of the three exhibition levels. With playful ease, they illustrate the importance of mobility in our everyday lives. In addition to the ability to think in abstract terms, two other key characteristics define human development: an upright gait on two legs and the incredible versatility of our hands. The two main topics of the exhibition at the Science Center, walking and grasping, were derived from these abilities.
The Homunculus is a small, strangely proportioned man who has a great significance. You will never meet him on the street because he is a pictorial representation of our brain. He illustrates how we process our perceptions of our environment.
Nature as our guide
A football team made up of robots is no longer just a vision. The way to a mind-controlled arm prosthesis has now been paved. Welcome to bionics! These exhibits use text and images, animations and models to illustrate how innovative technology solutions are based on nature.
A look beneath the skin
What happens in our legs when we sprint? Where is the funny bone located? What does the cuboid bone look like? Embark on a journey of discovery! A media table allows you to illuminate the anatomy on your own body. Our perception also plays a central role in our mobility. Test how easy it is for you to coordinate your 600 muscles and 208 bones over a deep ravine – a balancing act.
Technology for people
Calculate your statistical risk of suffering from diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis or a stroke at the demographic pillar. Did you know that these are the most common causes for needing a prosthesis or wheelchair? Here you will learn what medical technology has to offer at the high-tech level.
High-tech you can touch
Go ahead, try it! Interactive product stations present medical technology devices. Drive a wheelchair through a virtual course at the Brandenburg Gate. In-depth media stations offer information on technical aspects and provide knowledge on various clinical pictures.
A stage for medical technology
Improving quality of life for people with disabilities remains an exciting challenge. The Science Center Berlin is a stage for the topic of mobility that is unique the world over. The interactive exhibition offers exciting experiences for everyone.
You will be welcomed to the Science Center Berlin by our superbly trained Science Guides, who are always ready to answer your questions about Ottobock, the exhibition and the displays. Tours booked in advance are also conducted by the Science Guides, who adapt the tour to the existing knowledge of the group as well.
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Special exhibition archive
Here you will find an overview of past special exhibitions at the Science Center.
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Passion for Paralympics
7 June 2016 to 16 January 2017
From 7 to 18 September 2016, the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro once again served as the world’s largest stage for sports such as athletics, wheelchair basketball and much more.
At the Science Center Berlin, Ottobock presented the special exhibition “Passion for Paralympics”, where visitors could share in the amazing achievements of Paralympic athletes.
18 February to 7 March 2016
The Berlin Weißensee School of Art presented its project: Artificial Skins & Bones.
When it comes to design and function, nature always comes out on top. Much of what we humans develop and invent has always been there in nature. The trick and the task for humans is to look at nature closely and to use its intelligence. At best, we can then translate the natural model in a way that is applicable for technology.
Fifteen students at the Berlin Weißensee School of Art set themselves this same task in their project “Artificial Skins & Bones”. They presented their developments including digital prostheses and materials which dye themselves through the power of the body in the special exhibition “NATÜRLICH KÜNSTLICH” (NATURALLY ARTIFICIAL) at the Ottobock Science Center.
The project was created in cooperation with the Open Innovation Space,an initiative of Ottobock and Makea Industries GmbH, as well as the Fablab Berlin.
Osteoarthritis – Forcing pain to its knees
15 October 2015 to 17 February 2016
This was the title of the special exhibition at the Ottobock Science Center in Berlin that opened on 15 October 2015. Today, 20 million people in Germany have this joint disease – that means every fourth German is affected. With this exhibition, the Ottobock Science Center Berlin shed light on various aspects of osteoarthritis. Modern exhibits and remarkable texts informed visitors of the causes of osteoarthritis and correlations between lifestyle and joint deterioration. Many treatment options were presented.
2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi
27 February to 30 March 2014
The Science Center Berlin dedicated a special exhibition to the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. In addition to information regarding the athletes, events and Ottobock workshops on-site, visitors had the chance to try scoring goals in an ice hockey sledge and prove their knowledge of the Paralympic Games in an entertaining quiz.
25 Years of Passion for Paralympics
16 November 2013 to 31 January 2014
Ottobock has been supporting the Paralympic Games since 1988. The Ottobock Science Center Berlin presented a photo exhibition to review these exciting years.
For this exhibition, members of the Paralympic community and the Ottobock family were asked to choose a photo of their favourite moment during the Paralympic Games.
Further information on the Paralympic Games can be found at www.ottobock.com/paralympics
8 June to 28 June 2013
The Ottobock name stands for high-quality and technologically outstanding products and services in medical technology around the world. The goal of helping to restore mobility to people with disabilities, and protect what mobility they have retained, stands behind each and every one of the company’s products.
The development of new products and the improvement of existing ones in the fields of prosthetics, orthotics and neurostimulation demands intensive research, which is conducted at several sites around the world.
The temporary Science Lab at the Science Center Berlin presents selected research projects from Ottobock and its partners.
Keeping Pace with Life
11 April to 28 July 2013
“A disability can come overnight, like the weather. For example due to a stroke or car accident.” (Quote from Professor Hans Georg Näder)
It isn’t a pleasant topic for anyone, and yet it’s very pervasive – nearly every ninth person in Germany has a “disability”. The special exhibition at the Science Center Berlin entitled “Keeping Pace with Life” focused on life with physical impairments.
Visitors gained a greater awareness of the topic through personal stories from people who master their lives with medical devices. Those who shared their stories offered insights into their everyday lives, their greatest changes and challenges, but also their definition of freedom and happiness.
Right on time for the Paralympic Summer Games in London, the Science Center once again presented a special exhibition. The ability to touch and try out sports equipment in particular attracted numerous visitors to the exhibition. Visitors marvelled at exhibits including a sprinting prosthesis, a handbike and a basketball wheelchair.
The special exhibition was opened in cooperation with the British Embassy at a reception which coincided with the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.
Demographic change continues to progress. Meeting the needs and demands of a steadily ageing population represents a major challenge as well as an opportunity for the medical technology sector.
It was in this context that the Science Center presented its special exhibition “Ageing.” Several examples of long and active lives were presented with portraits of people over 100 years old.
16 June to 3 October 2011
The history of hand and upper limb prosthetics goes a long way back. Even in ancient Egypt, missing limbs were replaced by simple prostheses. Pioneers in the field of prosthetics constructed groundbreaking innovations with creative spirit and the best technologies of their time. But the decisive factor for the quality of their “Hand-Craft” was that their technical solutions were based on human needs. Modern prostheses are the result of a long evolution of technology and craftsmanship. The “Hand_Craft – Milestones in Prosthetics” special exhibition at the Ottobock Science Center presented groundbreaking prosthetic hands from various periods. It introduced the functions, technical innovations and people behind the prostheses in three epochs.
25th Anniversary of the Ottobock Global Foundation
In 1985 Dr.-Ing. E. h. Max Näder, the father of today’s owner Professor Hans Georg Näder, announced the establishment of the Ottobock Global Foundation. To mark the foundation’s 25th anniversary, past projects were presented such as those responding to the catastrophic flooding of the Elbe river in 2002, the 2004 tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, which supported people with limited mobility in particular.
For the first time in its 150-year history, the World Expo dedicated a separate pavilion to people with disabilities. Demographic trends pose growing challenges for societies around the world. In addition to accidents and illness, increasing life expectancy means that age is also gaining importance as a cause of limited mobility.
At the “Life & Sunshine Pavilion”, Ottobock addressed this important issue of the future and made it accessible to a large audience. The company’s exhibition used multimedia and interactive installations to illustrate the topic of quality of life for people with physical impairments, identified causes and presented medical technology solutions.
A partner exhibition in this same context was also presented at the Science Center.
The Paralympic Games are part of Ottobock’s corporate culture. International teams of technicians have been staffing the Ottobock workshop since Seoul 1988, providing their services to athletes. This service ensures professional conditions for athletes from around the world. The workshop handled over 2,100 work orders at Beijing 2008 alone. As a partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Ottobock has had a close relationship with the global Paralympic community since 2005.
During the Paralympic Games in Vancouver, a special exhibition presented this partnership and Ottobock’s involvement at the Games. The Science Center therefore served as a link to the special exhibition in Vancouver.