Entering, testing and touching will be greatly welcomed! The three-storey exhibition "Discover what moves us" offers the opportunity to learn more about one's own body in an interactive and playful manner. Multimedia installations help to understand inventions that provide more mobility for people with physical impairments. Movement is the core topic of the exhibition. Here one can try 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. The functionality of mind-controlled prostheses is explained as well.
The monitors for the multimedia applications are installed so that they can be used readily in a standing position or from a wheelchair.
Hours of operation for the exhibition:
Thursday through Monday | 10 am to 6 pm
Guided groups also on other days by appointment Please arrange an appointment for a guided tour
Here you will find an overview of past special exhibitions at the Science Center.
Information on the current special exhibition is found under current special exhibition.
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”. In this special exhibition “NATÜRLICH KÜNSTLICH” (NATURALLY ARTIFICIAL) they presented their developments including digital prostheses and materials which dye themselves through the power of the body.
The project was developed in cooperation with the Open Innovation Space, an initiative by Ottobock and Makea Industries GmbH, and FabLab Berlin.
Osteoarthritis - Forcing pain to its knees
15 October 2015 to 17 February 2016
This is the title of the new special exhibition at the Ottobock Science Center in Berlin that will open on 15 Oct. 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 aims to shed light on various aspects of osteoarthritis. In modern exhibits and unusual texts, visitors are informed of the causes of osteoarthritis and correlations between lifestyle and joint deterioration. Many treatment options are presented.
Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 2014
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 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 the photo of their favourite moment during the Paralympic Games.
Further information on the Paralympic Games is found under www.ottobock.com/paralympics
8 June to 28 June 2013
The name Ottobock stands for high-quality and technologically outstanding products and services in medical technology around the world. The goal of helping to restore mobility for people with disabilities, and protect what mobility they have, stands behind each and every product of the company.
The development of new and improvement of existing products 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 of Ottobock and its partners.
Keeping in Step 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 of Professor Hans Georg Näder)
The topic is pleasant for nobody and yet very much present – almost every ninth person in Germany has a "disability". The special exhibition at the Science Center Berlin entitled "Keeping in Step with Life" focused on life with physical impairments.
This topic was brought closer to visitors based on personal stories of people who master their lives with medical devices. The persons presented gave insights into their everyday lives, their greatest changes and challenges, but also their definition of freedom and happiness.
Paralympic Games London
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. Next to a sprinting prosthesis on display, visitors could marvel at a handbike and a basketball wheelchair.
The special exhibition was opened in cooperation with the British Embassy with a ceremonial act on the occasion of the opening ceremonies of the Paralympic Games.
Demographic change is progressing. 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 based on this background that the Science Center presented the special exhibition Ageing. Several examples of a long and active life 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 back a long time. Even in ancient Egypt, missing limbs were replaced by simple prostheses. Pioneers in the field of prosthetics created 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.
25 Years Otto Bock Foundation
In 1985 Dr.-Ing. E. h. Max Näder, the father of today's owner Professor Hans Georg Näder, announced the establishment of the Otto Bock Foundation. 25 years later, the time had come to present past projects such as the catastrophic flooding of the Elbe river in 2002, the 2004 tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 when especially people with limited mobility were supported.
For the first time in its 150-year history, the World Expo dedicated a separate pavilion to handicapped people. 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.
Ottobock in the "Life & Sunshine Pavilion" picks up on this important future issue, making it accessible to a large audience. An exhibition with multimedia and interactive installations illustrates the topic of quality of life for people with physical impairments, identifies causes and presents medical technology solutions.
A partner exhibition was also presented at the Science Center in this context.
The Paralympic Games are part of the Ottobock corporate culture. International teams of technicians have been staffing the Ottobock workshop since Seoul 1988, providing their services to athletes. This service supports professional conditions for athletes from around the world. The workshop handled over 2,100 work orders in Beijing 2008 alone. As a partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Ottobock has been closely associated with the global Paralympic community since 2005.
During the Paralympic Games in Vancouver, a special exhibition presented this partnership and the responsibilities of Ottobock at the games. The Science Center therefore formed a link to the special exhibition in Vancouver.