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The current special exhibition, exciting events, public symposiums – here you will find an overview of current and planned activities at the Ottobock Science Center Berlin.

Special exhibition

When kids become heroes

What makes real heroes? Courage, superpowers and a mission. When a child has restricted mobility, a wide range of heroes are there to save the day: The courage of the parents, who believe in their children. The superpowers of the children, who overcome boundaries. The mission of the doctors, therapists and O&P professionals, who never lose sight of the goal.

Starting 28 June 2017, the special exhibition “When kids become heroes” at the Science Center Berlin is presenting the stories of four small heroes and the people in their lives. Also on display is a wide range of medical devices which help the children compensate for their limitations as much as possible and provide optimal support for their physical development.

Like the permanent exhibition, the special exhibition can be visited during our opening hours between 10 am and 6 pm from Thursday through Monday. Admission is free.

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The Tabaluga Dragon at the Ottobock Science Center Berlin

Peter Maffay and Prof. Hans Georg Näder welcome young heroes to exhibition opening

The “When kids become heroes” special exhibition reflects the courage, the superpowers and the mission of children with disabilities and the people who support them. For Peter Maffay and Ottobock President Prof. Hans Georg Näder, helping these special children has always been a matter that’s near to their hearts. At a reception on 22 September at the Ottobock Science Center Berlin, they offered a glimpse into their shared commitment on behalf of disadvantaged children. And they were also joined by the young heroes themselves who, as the key characters of the special exhibition, provided an insight into their moving stories.

Together with their parents, Leo and Jan, both seven, three-year-old Nora and eight-year-old Mattis told about their lives with a disability, what makes them happy and the challenges they face. “We want our exhibition to show what moves children and their families and what devices are available to support them on their journey through life in the best possible way,” said initiators Peter Maffay and Prof. Hans Georg Näder of the idea behind the exhibition.

The small Tabaluga Dragon leads visitors through the exhibition. This figure represents friendship, courage and trust, and is a defender of those who are weak. It has become the symbolic figure of the Peter Maffay Foundation for children who have experienced trauma. Ottobock, too, works to help disadvantaged children and give them hope again. This shared mission led to the establishment of a partnership in 2015. The small Tabaluga Dragon, which symbolises this cooperation, can be found on selected Ottobock medical technology devices for children, which can be seen during the exhibition alongside a wide range of photos and videos of the children.

The special exhibition “When children become heroes” can be visited from 27 July to 31 December at the Ottobock Science Center Berlin, Ebertstraße 15a. Visitors are warmly invited to visit the free exhibition.


Late at night at the Ottobock Science Center Berlin...

Hands-on programme during the Long Night of Museums

As the sun slowly sets and Berlin’s nightlife comes alive on 19 August, the city’s museums will open their doors: And for the fifth time, the Ottobock Science Center will also be participating in the Long Night of Museums. Between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am, visitors can enjoy a unique hand-on programme at “Discover what moves us”, a permanent exhibition on Potsdamer Platz. The exhibition will be demonstrating everything that modern medical technology has to offer.

What opportunities exist that can help people with disabilities gain more mobility? What level of expertise lies behind the development of medical technology devices? And how are prototypes actually made? No question will be left unanswered during the Long Night of Ideas at the Science Center Berlin.

Visitors will have the chance to watch live as experts from the Fab Lab Berlin development workshop collaborate with a team of wheelchair users, technicians and designers to develop a product for wheelchairs that will make users’ everyday lives easier. Guests can also learn more about laser cutting technology so they can create their own designs and cut small objects precisely.

User Karl-Heinz Ammon, who lost his left arm in an accident, will be showing how people with disabilities master their everyday lives thanks to modern medical technology. During a complicated operation, four of Ammon’s nerve trunks were connected to specific muscles. This has enabled him to control his prosthesis intuitively. Ammon will be demonstrating the functionality of various prostheses in a face-to-face discussion and offering an insight into the wide range of treatment options available.

The Center’s Science Guides will be leading 45-minute tours of the exhibition at the same time to show how muscle tension can be used to control a prosthesis and how people with limited mobility can become more mobile thanks to technical devices. Visitors are warmly invited to learn more about the human body and its functions by exploring interactive exhibits. These include wheelchair racing, for example, which will allow them to test their own performance in a wheelchair or take part in a race.

The Long Night of Museums is the highlight of Berlin’s “MuseumSummer” programme, and is being held for the 20th time. Med-tech company Ottobock and its Science Center, which represents the company in the capital city, are joining in this anniversary event true to the motto “Made in Berlin”. After all, Berlin is also the city where Ottobock launched its own success story nearly 100 years ago when it began producing prosthetic components here.

Tickets are available on the websites of all of the participating museums, at Berlin Tourist Info centres, at the S-Bahn and the BVG (Berlin’s main public transport company). Admission is 18 euros for adults, concessions 12 euros, and entrance is free for children under the age of 12. The tickets are valid starting at 6 pm for all of the participating museums, public transport as well as shuttle buses running between the individual museums.


Ottobock Science Center ready to inspire visitors at YOU convention

How does our sense of balance work? What happens in our legs when we walk? And what opportunities does modern medical technology offer that can put people with disabilities back on their feet again?

The team from the Science Center Berlin will be answering these and many other questions at YOU 2017 – the leading youth culture event. Those visiting the teachers’ lounge can look forward to gaining an insight into “Discover what moves us”, an interactive exhibit. This is a place dedicated to learning outside of the classroom where visitors can discover the secrets of modern medical technology for themselves.

Those who are up to a new challenge are also invited to test the accessibility of their surroundings with the Voyager Evo wheelchair for active use. A further focus will be the topic of “Mobility for children” and the many ways that children with disabilities can be supported in the process of their development. A special exhibition is also planned for the summer at the Science Center.

“We’re looking forward to sharing many exciting conversations with the teachers and hope to give them a bit of a preview of what the Science Center has to offer as a place for learning outside of the classroom,” said Elisabeth Quack, Director of the Science Center Berlin.


The Science Center Berlin as an arena for accessibility at the ITB

Following positive feedback received in past years, the Ottobock Science Center will be returning to the ITB trade fair for the third time. At the Berlin Brandenburg exhibition stand – organised jointly with the visitBerlin tourism web portal – the Science Center will place its focus on accessibility. Visitors can look forward to a highly informative stand and enjoy a foretaste of the free, permanent "Discover what moves us" exhibition at Potsdamer Platz.

"Accessibility is a subject which still demands more attention and public awareness. We hope that our exhibition stand at the ITB can help in this respect," explains Elisabeth Quack, Director of the Science Center Berlin. For example, visitors can discover more about mobility in daily life in the Science Guides on joint stand 101 (stand no. 52) in Hall 12. In this context, the multi-media exhibition in the Berlin branch of the medical technology company Ottobock is presented as a wheelchair-accessible tourist attraction in the capital city. Visitors to the exhibition stand can also enjoy a challenge: to test the trade fair hands-on for accessibility in the wheelchair provided.

The highly commendable wheelchair-accessible design of the Science Center Berlin itself is reflected in the Access City Award badge for which the permanent exhibition qualified in 2013. The exhibition thus appeals to a wide audience: since opening in 2009, it has attracted more than 750,000 visitors to embark on an expedition through the world of medical technology.


Paralympic Games Open Day

To celebrate the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the Ottobock Science Center in Berlin is hosting an open day with snacks and drinks on Saturday, 10th September 2016 from 12 to 6pm.

From public screenings where you can cheer on the athletes in Rio and Brazilian flair at the performances of the "Copacabana Sambashow Berlin" samba dance group to the opportunity to test your own fitness in a 100m wheelchair race, the open day offers exciting and entertaining glimpses into the world of paralympic sports – for children and adults alike. Under the motto "Passion for Paralympics", the Ottobock Science Center in Berlin is currently showing a special exhibition about the athletes, the technology, and Ottobock's involvement in the Paralympics Games since 1988. Free guided tours around this exhibition will be provided on the day. Visitors can also look forward to many other activities as well as access to areas of the Ottobock Science Center which are not normally open to the public, such as the panorama roof terrace with views over Berlin, the event area and the patient care department.

Get in quick: the first 100 visitors will receive a small gift!

Free admission.

When: Saturday, 10th September 2016 from 12 to 6pm


Long Night of Museums - 27 August 2016

The Science Center Berlin invites visitors to come and take part in evening exhibition tours during the Long Night of Museums on 27 August 2016. The “Discover what moves us” exhibition will remain open for night owls from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visitors can learn all about inventions that offer greater mobility for people with physical impairments on 45-minute express tours. Guided tours in German or English will take place every hour from 7 p.m., with the last tour of the day starting at 10 p.m.

Visitors will also meet people who master their everyday lives with a prosthesis. Interactive objects will offer the opportunity to learn how prostheses function and how modern medical technology helps give people back their quality of life.

Since June, Ottobock has been presenting the special exhibition "Passion for Paralympics" at the Science Center Berlin. Test your own performance in a racing wheelchair and race against others. You can also learn more about the athletes, and Ottobock's engagement.

Tickets for the Long Night of Museums are available to purchase in advance and on the day from the Science Center Berlin.

Sales period 1 - 15 August:
Tickets: €12
Concession tickets: €10

Sales period 16 - 27 August:
Tickets: €18
Concession tickets: €12


MENSCHEN BEWEGEN (MOVING PEOPLE) 2016 – LONG NIGHT OF IDEAS

On 14 April, the Long Night of Ideas will bring cultural experiences to life all over Berlin with participants from every corner of the world. Together with the German Foreign Office, the Ottobock Science Center Berlin is hosting one of the decentralised forums that make up the Long Night of Ideas. Among other topics, the forum at the Science Center will discuss how to reach those individuals who are unable to participate in 'traditional' methods of practising and experiencing culture due to a disability.

Participants in the discussion will include:

- Heinrich Popow, 100m sprint gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympic Games

- Rolf Gnädinger, architect of the Science Center, who has set new standards with the beauty and elegance of his barrier-free design

Register for the Long Night of Ideas here: Menschen Bewegen 2016

Date: Thurs 14/04/2016
Start: 7 pm
Free admission (registration required)
Maximum number of participants: 40

Venue: Ottobock Science Center Berlin
Ebertstraße 15a
10117 Berlin

In cooperation with


Long Night of Museums - 29 August 2015

The Science Center Berlin invites visitors to come and take part in evening exhibition tours during the Long Night of Museums on 29 August 2015. The “Discover what moves us” exhibition will remain open for night owls from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visitors can learn all about inventions that offer greater mobility for people with physical impairments on 45-minute express tours. Guided tours in German or English will take place every hour from 7 p.m., with the last tour of the day starting at 10 p.m.

Visitors will also meet people who master their everyday lives with a prosthesis. Interactive objects will offer the opportunity to learn how prostheses function and how modern medical technology helps give people back their quality of life.

Tickets for the Long Night of Museums are available to purchase in advance and on the day from the Science Center Berlin. The combi ticket costs 18 EUR or 12 EUR for concessions. The Science Center Berlin is on routes 1 and 5 of the shuttle bus service, which starts from the Schlossplatz in Berlin-Mitte.


The Long Night of Sciences - 13 June 2015

The fascination of the human body and the seemingly obvious principles behind complex sequences of movements – experience all of this at the Long Night of Sciences in the Science Center in Berlin on Saturday, 13 June:

The permanent exhibition "Discover what moves us" at Potsdamer Platz invites you to take a discovery tour through the fascinating world of medical technology from 5 pm to 12 am. Interactive exhibits on three floors illustrate how inventions that help restore mobility work.

On 45-minute guided tours you will discover how nature has repeatedly been the inspiration for technical developments. Martin Pusch, engineer and head of development at Ottobock, uses the biomechanical experiment 3D L.A.S.A.R. Posture to demonstrate the forces that act on your body when you stand. And the demonstration users Karl-Heinz Ammon and Erwin Volmert show the functionality of their prostheses.

Even outside the Long Night of Sciences, every Thursday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm we invite you to come, try out, and touch! Admission is free.

We are looking forward to your visit!


Berlin Sports Week 2015 - 30 May to 6 June

During the Berlin Sports Week, the Ottobock Science Center Berlin invites visitors from 30 May 2015 to 6 June 2015 to guided tours in German and English language. Embark on an exciting journey of discovery through the fascinating world of medical technology. Try out a handbike, drive around in wheelchair rugby or let a demo user explain you the functionality of his prosthesis in his sporting life. We look forward to your visit.


Event announcement 17 May 2015, 6 to 8 pm

Reading with Raúl Krauthausen

Raúl Krauthausen is a many-sided committed person. He received a number of awards for his commitment especially for his work in the non-profit association Sozialhelden. In 2014 he published his book “Dachdecker wollte ich eh nicht werden”.

On Sunday, 17 May 2015 at 6 pm Raúl Krauthausen is reading from his book in the Ottobock Science Center. Find more information about the book and the author here.

The reading is freely accessible for all visitors, no registration is necessary. We are looking forward to an interesting reading and your numerous attendances.


The Science Center permanent exhibition opens on Mondays

For the new year the Science Center decided to open its doors also on Mondays for all visitors. From 10 am to 6 pm you are very welcome to visit the permanent exhibition.


25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was a complete success

On the weekend of 7–9 November the whole world was focused on the Berlin Lichtgrenze. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall the former path of the wall was recreated with 8,000 helium balloons. The Science Center Berlin, a venue right next to the light installation, was another cause for excitement – a great number of visitors came to the permanent exhibition "Discover what moves us" to find out about the latest developments in medical technology.

Science Center Director Elisabeth Quack was delighted: "Never before have we been able to welcome so many guests in one weekend – 7,100 came on Saturday, and 8,570 visited on Sunday." The guests tried out the interactive exhibits, were mesmerised by the guided tours, and playfully got to grips with inventions that help to restore mobility. For their friendly and competent visitor support, Director Quack is especially grateful to the demo prosthesis user, the Science Guides and the doorman, Günter Nellen.

On 9 November the Science Center awaited a very special guest: US Ambassador John B Emerson, who was paying a visit to Ottobock's capital city facility for the second time. On this occasion he was being interviewed by the US TV network CNN. In time for shooting, the entrance area to the permanent exhibition was host to an impressively large piece of the Berlin Wall. During the evening of 9 November the camera crew used the roof terrace as a viewing platform to film the highlight of the weekend – the rising of the balloons as a sign of freedom and unity.



Ottobock Science Center among top three design locations

The Ottobock Science Center was nominated at the 2014 Location Award in the design locations category, finishing in the top three. Event managers Raffaella Carli and Nina Gück attended the prize-giving in Warstein and are thrilled with the outstanding placement. The award speaks for the Science Center's exclusive facilities, which can be booked for various types of events.

It is already the building's second award, following its position as runner-up in the special and theme locations category in 2011.


Hotspot in the Science Center Berlin

Free internet access for visitors

The Science Center Berlin has been offering free internet access to its visitors since 6 August. They can go online at the Ottobock facility in the capital for 30 minutes with their own WiFi-capable devices via a Telekom hotspot. With this service, the permanent multimedia exhibition "Discover what moves us" has its finger on the pulse of our time.Sending a photo to friends directly from the exhibition or posting it on social networks – this is now possible free of charge in the Science Center with a notebook, smart phone or tablet PC. Stickers proclaiming "Free WiFi" and "Kostenloser WLAN-Zugang" point out the hotspot on the glass facade at the entrance. When WiFi is enabled on the device, the user can select the network "OB-Sciencenter". Clicking the browser with any internet address automatically opens the hotspot. Here the user simply logs on with his or her mobile phone number in order to connect directly to the world wide web.

The Ottobock Science Center would like to thank the 4,500 visitors at its open day

Entertainment, culinary highlights, competitions for good causes and the focus point of the permanent multimedia exhibition “Discover what moves us” - at its fifth anniversary open day, the Science Center Berlin offered a colourful programme. On 14 June more than 4,500 visitors experienced an exciting day at Ottobock’s Berlin site.