PROGRAM

BIOTOPIA Festival SINNE - Die Welt durch andere Augen

At the BIOTOPIA Festival "SENSE - The Power of Perception", there will be more than 60 program items from the world of senses awaiting you over two days! These include talks, hands-on activities, installations, art projects, workshops, guided tours, concerts, and evening events.

There is something for young and old, for every taste. Smell, listen, taste and feel your way through our diverse program. On this page, you will find an extensive overview of all program items so that you can perfectly plan your visit.

BIOTOPIA wishes you a lot of fun exploring!

Download the program as PDF (in German)


Free entry!

with festival wristband

Start at Schloss Nymphenburg/ Hubertussaal and pick up the festival wristband at the entrance of the building, which will give you free access to all festival programs, including the Museum Mensch und Natur, BIOTOPIA Lab and Botanical Garden!

Registration

Most events are accessible without prior reservation. Registration is required for some program items and this will be indicated under the respective program details.

All registration info can be found here (or under the respective items below):

For Kids

Program items with a smiley are especially suitable for children.


PROGRAM AREAS

Stage program

10:00 till 21:00
in the Schloss Nymphenburg/ Hubertussaal (Nymphenburg Palace (1st floor))

Participatory program

10:00 till 18:00
on the entire festival area: Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace), Museum Mensch und Natur, BIOTOPIA Lab and Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg.

Stage Program



Listen & Discuss

Sharpen your ears and join in the conversation! Come, listen, and discuss the world of the senses in all its facets with our experts.



General Overview:

Saturday, October 1

Moderation: Caro Matzko (BR)


10:00

Eröffnung: Die Welt durch andere Augen sehen!

Michael John Gorman, Nina Möllers & Dora Dzvonyar (BIOTOPIA)
Auguste von Bayern (Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Intelligenz, Seewiesen/Förderkreis BIOTOPIA e.V.)

Language: German

10:30

Pause

11:30

Are We All Synaesthetes? Surprising Sensory Connections

Ophelia Deroy (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
Charles Spence (University of Oxford)

Language: English

12:15

The Seismic World of Spiders

Alex Jordan (Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltensbiologie, Konstanz)

Language: English

13:00

Konzert der Neuronen: Biologische Ursprünge der musikalischen Sinne

Daniela Sammler (Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt/Main)

Language: German

13:30

Tänzer der Nacht: Wie Fledermäuse sich orientieren

Anna Vogeler (Koordinationsstelle für Fledermausschutz Südbayern)

Language: German

14:00

Wie nehmen mobile Roboter ihre Umgebung wahr?

Stefan Leutenegger (Technische Universität München)

Language: German

14:30

Wo schaue ich hin, wenn ich nicht weiß, was ich sehe? Sehen als komplexe Leistung des Gehirns

Harald Luksch (Technische Universität München)

Language: German

15:00

Da fragt die Fliegenfalle die Mimose: „Haben wir Sinne?“

Étienne Serbe-Kamp (Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Intelligenz, Martinsried)

Language: German

15:30

An Exploration of the Animal Kingdom Reveals our Secret Senses

Jackie Higgins (Author, London) in conversation with
Samara Rubinstein (BIOTOPIA)

Language: English

16:10

Tasting Tomorrow: Recipes for Climate Adaptation

Jonathon Keats (Experimental Philosopher and Artist, San Francisco)

Language: English

16:40

Das Jahr ohne Sommer: Lesung aus „Mary Shelleys Zimmer“

Timo Feldhaus (Journalist und Autor, Berlin) im Gespräch mit
Anna-Lisa Dieter (BIOTOPIA)

Language: German

Sunday, October 2

Moderation: Britta Muzyk-Tikovsky


11:00

Smelling to Survive: A Journey into the World of Olfactory Sensation

Bill Hansson (Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie, Jena)

Language: English

11:45

Die Sinne im Leben: Eine Philosophie

Emanuele Coccia (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris)

Language: German

12:15

Ein Fisch sieht was, was du nicht siehst

Martin Heß (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Language: German

12:45

We make it tasty! Wie man den Geschmack von Whiskey mit künstlicher Intelligenz messen, verstehen und verbessern kann

Paulyna Mendoza Quintero & Christoph Wichmann (Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, Martinsried)

Language: German & English

13:15

Mit den Ohren sehen: Theorie und Praxis der Echolokation

Juan Ruiz (Perceptual Mobility Trainer, Wien)

Language: German

14:00

Können wir unseren Sinnen trauen? Was optische Täuschungen über unser Gehirn verraten

Thomas Wachtler (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Language: German

14:30

Tuning out: Hören im Alter

Conny Kopp-Scheinpflug (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Language: German

15:00

Kunst als multisensuelle Verführung: Lesung aus dem Roman „Spitzweg“

Eckhart Nickel (Schriftsteller, Frankfurt) im Gespräch mit
Anna-Lisa Dieter (BIOTOPIA)

Language: German

15:30

The Incredible World of Animal Senses

Ed Yong (Science Journalist, New York) in conversation with
Michael John Gorman (BIOTOPIA)
(virtuelle Zuschaltung)

Language: English

16:10

What If Slime Molds Ruled the World?

Jonathon Keats (Experimental Philosopher and Artist, San Francisco) in conversation with
Tanja Seiner (BIOTOPIA)

Language: English


16:50

Good Vibrations. Music, Sound and Nature: Podium & Performance

David Rothenberg (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Daniela Sammler (Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt/Main)
Franziska Strack (Rachel Carson Center, München)
Martin Ullrich (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg)

Moderation:
Christof Mauch
 (Rachel Carson Center, München)

Language: English


Evening event

Saturday, October 1

Sounding Animals – Music inspired by natural sounds

Dominik Eulberg (Biologist, musician and producer)

Admission: 19:00
Start: 19:30

In this multimedia performance and talk about music in nature, musician, scientist, and author Dominik Eulberg shows why he considers Mother Nature to be the greatest artist of all. Over beautiful videos of native flora & fauna and live-mixed electronic music inspired by bird song, he shares facts about bird species, inviting you to marvel at the living world. But there are also other animal voices to explore: For example, the fascinating echolocation calls of bats, the stridulation sounds of grasshoppers, or even a species of butterfly that makes whistling sounds. Eulberg gives all these native animals a stage and an instrument to be heard.

Language: German


Final event

Sunday, October 2

A Polyphonic Wake-up Call

Cosmo Sheldrake (Multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and producer)

Start: 18:00
(directly following the presentation)

With songs from his new album "Wake Up Calls" and improvised pieces, multi-instrumentalist and composer Cosmo Sheldrake draws our attention to the loss of biodiversity. His music consists largely of recordings of the songs of endangered birds. He adds in further natural sounds such as bioelectric recordings of fungal networks and plant root systems and hydrophone recordings of local waterways to create a truly polyphonic performance. Come and reflect on the magnificent soundscapes that surround us before many of these voices become extinct!

Language: English

Participatory program



See & Marvel

Not only with your eyes: Experience our various installations at the intersection between nature, science, art and design with all your senses.



BIOTOPIA-Display SENSE

Nymphenburg Palace
Foyer (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

The SENSE display in the foyer of Schloss Nymphenburg/Hubertussaal offers a first taste of the various thematic areas of the festival. Here you can get a sniff of the diverse range on offer and immerse yourself completely in the world of perception.


Info stand

Nymphenburg Palace
Foyer (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

The two festival information booths are located in the foyer of Schloss Nymphenburg/Hubertussaal and front of the BIOTOPIA Lab in the Botanical Garden. There, our staff will give an overview of the activities, help with orientation and inform about current program items. You can also learn more about the BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern project here!


Senses on view

Nymphenburg Palace
Foyer (upper floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

The presentation of a variety of images invites us to enjoy unusual impressions of possibly unnoticed parts of sensory systems of diverse animals. Some of these images are taken from actual research projects and will present these systems in a rarely seen way. For instance, images of the brain of Drosophila melanogaster showing antibody stainings of various nervous cells, which either perceive sensual information or transfer this information in the brain (scans with the Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope). Other images will present detailed pictures of sensing organs as, e.g. the simple eyes of a jellyfish.

Anja Friedrich, Max-Planck-Institute for Biological Intelligence


CellF - The Neuronal Synthesizer

Museum Mensch und Natur
Auditorium (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English

CellF is Guy Ben-Ary’s self-portrait but also the world’s first neural synthesizer. CellF’s "brain" is made of a biological neural network that grows in a Petri dish and controls in real-time an array of analogue modular synthesizers, which were custom-made to work in synergy with the neural network. It is a completely autonomous cybernetic musician driven by In-Vitro Intelligence – ‘intelligence’ generated by living neurons growing outside of the donor’s body.

More information
Human musicians are invited to play with cellF in special one-off shows. The human-made music is fed to the neurons as stimulation, and the neurons respond by controlling the analogue synthesizers. Together they perform live, reflexive, and improvised sound pieces or an improvised posthuman sound piece.

In addition to the permanently available installation, opera singer and artist Corinna Ruba will perform with CellF at the following times:

Saturday 18:00
Sunday 17:00h


Guy Ben-Ary, Andrew Fitch & Nathan Thompson, SymbioticA / University of Western Australia
Darren Moore, LASALLE College of the Arts


Picture of the Earth

Museum Mensch und Natur
Small special exhibition room (upper floor)
10:00 till 18:00

German

The Munich artist Ekkeland Götze has been working on a picture of the EARTH for more than 30 years. To do this, he obtains EARTH from previously determined sites within clearly defined individual projects. He prints this pure, unmanipulated EARTH onto paper or other substrates using a standardized process he developed.

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The squares resulting from a project are initially authentic images of individual places. But they also have a spiritual dimension, are a platform for intercultural communication and a space for associations that each viewer fills with their thoughts, memories and hopes. It is always particularly important to Ekkeland Götze to involve local people, especially indigenous groups.

In the Museum Mensch und Natur, Ekkeland Götze shows pictures from projects on all continents. His travels took him to the Amazon region, the Sioux in North America, Australia and New Zealand as well as to Japan, Iceland and Madagascar. In recent years he has devoted himself intensively to glaciers. With the help of his pictures, whose earth was covered by ice for thousands of years, he makes the retreat of the glaciers and climate change visible.

As the EARTH is subject to immense changes and dangers through human influence, his art raises people's awareness of this problem.


Ekkeland Götze


Resurrecting the Sublime

BIOTOPIA Lab
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Could we ever again smell the flowers driven to extinction by humans? This installation allows us to smell extinct flowers, lost due to colonial activity. Using tiny amounts of DNA extracted from specimens of three flowers, the creators used synthetic biology to predict and resynthesize gene sequences that might encode for fragrance-producing enzymes and reconstructed the flowers’ smells in their lab, using identical or comparative smell molecules.

More information
Resurrecting the Sublime not only gives us an unexpected peek into what has been long lost but also asks us to contemplate our actions and potentially change them for the future.


Christina Agapakis, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sissel Tolaas



Discover & Try out

What's that smell? Go on a discovery tour and find out what there is to sniff, listen to, touch, and taste!



See the world through different eyes!

Nymphenburg Palace
Orangeriesaal (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

The Bavarian State Natural Science Collections (SNSB) present objects and research related to the senses: see the world through the eyes of a chameleon, marvel at the sensory wonder of the owl, or be fascinated by the scents of magnificent bees and their perfumed flowers!

State Zoological Collection Munich
Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg


Sense of sight and color language in chameleons

Chameleons have a unique sense of sight. They can move both eyes independently and determine the precise distance to their prey with one eye. For intraspecific communication, chameleons use a color language that even includes the ultraviolet range that is not visible to us. These phenomena are presented with video clips, posters, and a living panther chameleon.

It's on the tip of my tongue

sense of taste in (birds and) mammals

We present zoological preparations on the subject of taste: a panopticon of tongues preserved in alcohol is supplemented by brains in which the olfactory bulbs are recognizable, as well as skulls with pronounced nasal conchae because smell is also part of the sense of taste.

Owls: Sensory Miracles

Using selected exhibits (taxidermy, mounted skeletons, scientific feather arrangements) from the holdings of the State Collection of Zoology, it will be demonstrated how owls hear, how they see, how they manage not to be heard or seen, and what modern technology can learn from them.

Orchid bees – little perfumers from the rainforest

Male orchid bees create perfumes with which they bewitch the females. They collect the scents mainly from perfume flowers that have adapted perfectly to the needs of the little perfumers in the course of evolution. On display are orchids, scents to smell, and prepared bees.

Animal senses – nature as a model for technology!

Nymphenburg Palace
Orangeriesaal (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Animals have developed amazing sensory capabilities over millions of years. With the help of electrical, chemical, or acoustic signals, they can easily orient themselves, hunt, and communicate. We humans can apply these abilities in developing new technologies such as sensors, warning systems, and antennas.

At the Bionicum booth, you can learn what robots can learn from how bats orient themselves in the dark or which organism is the natural model for the latest technical sensors. And as a highlight, robot Nao will be putting on small shows throughout the day to demonstrate his sensory abilities.

Bionicum


Follow your nose!

Scent as the basis for communication in nature

Nymphenburg Palace
Orangeriesaal (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Many creatures use smell to communicate with their kind and even with other species. Find out how plants and fungi communicate via scents, how they even can even make each other immune to diseases; why soil has a very particular smell after a rain shower; and how scientists are researching this "scent alphabet" to learn more about communication in nature.

Research Unit Experimental Environmental Simulation, Helmholtz Zentrum München


Bats - seeing with their ears

Nymphenburg Palace
Orangeriesaal (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

German

Visitors can immerse themselves in the lives of bats: greater horseshoe bats can be admired via live stream from the bat house in Hohenburg, Upper Palatinate. You will learn a lot about these fascinating animals!

Alexander Gnatz, Landesbund für Vogelschutz LBV


Stop and Listen - Explore biodiversity through your ears

Nymphenburg Palace
Orangeriesaal (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

True to the motto of our citizen science and arts project Dawn Chorus, we invite you to take a moment to listen to the sounds of nature. Together with our project partner LBV (Landesbund für Vogelschutz), we invite you to immerse yourself in the sounds of bird songs from Bavaria and all over the world. Stop by and explore biodiversity and different habitats through your ears.

Lisa Gill, BIOTOPIA
Angelika Nelson, Landesbund für Vogelschutz LBV


Blue/Yellow

Castle courtyards
Museum courtyard
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

"Blue/Yellow" explores how most mammals - dichromats - see visible light very differently from trichromats like us, with colours limited to yellows and blues, and no secondary colors.  We ask the animals themselves: creating experiments that let dogs show us what they can and cannot see.

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We will make experimental videos with dichromatic combinations of yellow and blue - trying to understand the limitations and the possible advantages of such color vision in these mammals’ environment (we have been told that mammals may have evolved from trichromats, so dichromatic vision perhaps offers them some advantage!). We complement this with an experiment on human vision using blue and yellow light, a quite profound visual experience that suspends the eye’s judgement of time and movement.


Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly


The Metaper-ceptual Helmets

Castle courtyards
Museum courtyard
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

The ''Metaperceptual Helmets'', by artists Cleary and Connolly, go beyond human perception and allow us to explore how our vision responds to seeing like an animal or even a mythological creature.

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In 1896 George Stratton, an American experimental psychologist, made a pair of upside-down goggles and wore them for a whole week, demonstrating the extraordinary ability of the human brain to adapt to challenging visual conditions. This was the first experiment in perceptual adaptation. These helmets are based on the same premise of challenging our usual way of looking at the world, with eyes side by side and looking ahead, unlike most animals around us who have eyes on the sides of their heads, looking in different directions or widely spaced apart.


Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly


The Multisen-sory Maze

Castle courtyards
Museum courtyard
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Our five senses are well-known: Taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch. But what lies beyond them? Enter the multisensory maze to discover some of the secret tricks the senses can play on you, how one sense plays with the others, and which other hidden senses join the game. Start your multisensory journey with visual illusions and continue exploring the other of the "Big Five" senses thoughout the maze. Researchers will be here to explain what lies behind the tricks and illusions you have experienced.

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If you wish, you can even contribute to a scientific survey and share your own sensory profile with your friends. This multisensory activity invites both children and adults to play with illusions, learn about their senses, and enjoy the pleasure of finding their own way through the maze.


Cognition, Values, Behaviour Lab (CVBE), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München


Creative activities and games for kids

Museum Mensch und Natur
Educational rooms (basement)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Come and join our creative and play program, which is all about the senses! Test your perception through tactile bags, a game of sensory memory, a trip to our smell bar, or by looking into the distorting mirrors – we have something in store for every age. If you want to get creative, you can make your own kaleidoscope and take it home with you.

Muckids


Binocular Waves

Museum Mensch und Natur
Educational rooms (basement)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

"Binocular Waves" explores our visual sense through a series of non-congruent stereoscopic animations. The central question is: "What happens in our conscious experience when different images are presented to our left and right eyes?" We explore together with the visitors how these binocular phenomena occur when the colors, shapes, and movements of the left and right images differ. The presentation is guided by the artist in direct dialogue with the audience, explaining the phenomena and giving feedback on the audience's experience.


Mert Akbal, Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences


Natural history as a sensory experience

Hands-on stations in the museum

Museum Mensch und Natur
In the exhibition:
Genwelten & Wohl bekomm's (upper floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Natural history as an experience – that is the motto of the Museum Mensch und Natur. At our stations distributed throughout the museum, you will explore the following questions: How do animals and humans perceive their environment? Why are our senses sometimes tricked? Why do cats see so much better in the dark than we do? Have fun seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, and smelling!


How do the others smell? Sense organs of insects

BIOTOPIA Lab
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Come and discover the senses of tiny animals! We use binoculars and microscopes to engage with the insect world. Do the eyes of mosquitos really process five times more images than ours?  Do ticks have senses in their legs? What do butterflies perceive through their antennae? Ask our experts and become a scientist yourself. The BIOTOPIA Lab also has some other surprises in store for you.


A Nose for Nature - meet the conservation dog

In front of the BIOTOPIA Lab

Search times:
11:30 till 12:00
13:00 till 13:30
15:00 till 15:30

Booth:
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

How good is a canine nose? What is the job of a scat detection dog? At SENSE Festival, you will meet the conservation dog Tane from SNIFFX – Detection.Dogs and you will have the chance to experience the dog’s detection abilities and compare it to your own skills in a test trial – good luck!

SniffX - Detection Dogs



Dive in & Create

Time to explore and participate! Experience the fascinating world of the senses with experts and see the supposedly familiar with different eyes!



Smell Lab

"The green Planet"

Nymphenburg Palace
Side room (ground floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

The Smell Lab is a scent station where all festival participants are welcome to drop by spontaneously and work on designing a scent composition with the available aroma molecules and oils! In this scent unit, you will be able to compose the scents of a green planet earth!

What does a forest smell like? And a healthy park in a city? How does the burning Amazonas feel? And how did it use to smell? Come and blend the scents from a healthy breathing green planet earth with us.

Klara Ravat, olfactory artist


Behind the Senses: How do brains perceive their environment?

Nymphenburg Palace
Johannissaal (upper floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

Whether it’s vision, touch, or hearing, we need our brains to make sense of the world. But what is the neural basis for perception? We make sensory neuroscience accessible through hands-on experiments, demonstrations, and immersive experiences that involve humans, animals, plants, and even computers.

We ask various questions about our senses. For instance, how do our sensory organs work? How do senses work in other animals? Do plants have senses? Can computers ''see''? And how easy is it to trick our eyes and ears?

Hirnkastl


What does a robot feel?

Nymphenburg Palace
Johannissaal (upper floor)
10:00 till 18:00

English & German

We humans perceive the world quite naturally with our six senses. If we consider hat the world looks like to a robot, we realize how complex our sensory perceptions actually are. At the SENSE Festival, you can meet our robots and perceive the world through their senses.


RoBat


Dance
around Schloss Nymphen-burg

Castle courtyards
Orangeriehof
10:30 till 11:15
13:00 till 13:45
15:30 till 16:15

English & German

The Munich-based Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance presents itself with "Dance Workshops for All" and various surprise performances. Among other things, Iwanson International trains young students from all over the world to become contemporary dancers and dance teachers.

Iwanson International School of Contemporary Dance


The Greenhouse

Castle courtyards
Orangeriehof
11:45 till 12:30
14:15 till 15:00
16:45 till 17:30

English & German

The plant world is full of wonders. Did you know that plants have senses just as we do? They can see, hear, and feel you! Come and join Peppina and Pimpernell on a journey into the senses of plants. Using dance, spoken word, music, and installation, the two performers introduce young audiences to basic plant biology, exploring some of the wonderful things plants can do.

Discover how the apple tree makes sure that all its apples are red at the same time. Find out what secret messenger system the willow tree uses to fight off the caterpillar, and join us in exploring what plants need to grow and survive. You can even plant your own seed to take home with you!

Sophie & Marie Nüzel


Acoustic excursion to nature

Castle courtyards
Meeting point: Entrance Museum

SATURDAY ONLY!

15:00 to 16:30

German

Many wonders of nature can only be discovered by listening. Biologist and musician Dominik Eulberg takes you on a contemplative, acoustic excursion and re-sensitizes your ears to the voice of nature. Explore everything that nature's entertainment system has to offer right at your doorstep!

Dominik Eulberg


Spider-Sense

Museum Mensch und Natur
Educational rooms (basement)

English & German

Spider-Man, supposedly the most famous spider, often escapes dangerous situations thanks to his Spider-Sense. But spiders do not need any mental superpower; they simply use their legs, more precisely, the hairs on their legs. Those long fine hairs can sense vibrations or air currents. In the audio-guided installation Spider-Sense, humans are invited to transform into a spider and experience the challenges of locating and catching prey on a web.

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Equipped with the Spider-Sense, participants will make their first catch,  learn how Nephila spiders live and catch on their webs, and eventually face the challenges of Stegodyphus spiders' cooperative hunts when multiple individuals have to orchestrate their movements so that they are still able to ‘listen’ to the vibrations of the prey.


Alex Jordan & Anja Milena Wegner, Max-Planck-Institute for Behavioral Biology


Experience an earthquake!

Museum Mensch und Natur
Access via Café Limulus
(follow signs in the foyer)

10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30

English & German

Come and experience first-hand what an earthquake feels like - in the earthquake simulator of the Museum Mensch und Natur! Six different earthquakes that have occurred worldwide in the past can be simulated in two dimensions. During the event, you will learn all about earthquakes.

Safety Notice:

Pregnant women, people with pacemakers, and people with cochlear implants are not advised to visit the earthquake simulator. Unfortunately, the earthquake simulator is not accessible by wheelchair.


Phyto-graphy-Workshop

BIOTOPIA Lab
11:00 till 13:00
14:00 till 16:00

English

From 14 years

Artist and filmmaker Karel Doing has discovered Phytography in 2016. The process takes place in full daylight and makes use of biodegradable chemistry. The delicate outline of the plant and the internal structure of leaves, flowers, and petals are rendered visible in subtle colors.

During the workshop, he will explain his technique, placing it in a historical lineage of experimental photography and film while also connecting it to ecological awareness. After this introduction, a hands-on demonstration will be provided. The participants can take the results of their own experiments home at the end of the workshop.

Karel Doing


Flowers and their Pollinators

Guided tour in the Botanical Garden

Meeting place: entrance of the greenhouses

SATURDAY ONLY!
15:00 till 16:00

German

Fragrance compositions, flower structure, colours, flowering time, pollen structure, and nectar composition... All characteristics from which can be deduced how flowers are pollinated. The multi-faceted interaction between flowering plants and their pollinators is presented in a guided tour through the outdoor facilities and greenhouses of the Botanical Garden.

Andreas Gröger, Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg


In the realm of exotic aromatic and spice plants

Guided tour in the Botanical Garden

Meeting point: entrance of the greenhouses

Saturday & Sunday each
14:00 till 15:00

German

During the guided tour, various aromatic plants are shown, and interesting facts about botany and ingredients are shared. Information on preparation and use as well as interesting facts from cultural history, complete the picture of the individual plants. Small samples of aroma and food delight the senses of smell and taste.

Ehrentraud Bayer, Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg


Policy making with slime molds?

Botanical Garden
Green Room (Greenhouse)

SATURDAY ONLY!
11:00 till 13:00

English

For 14 years or older

Plasmodial slime molds are known for their ability to network, learn, survive adversity, and navigate complex systems efficiently and equitably. In this interactive workshop, we enlist slime molds to solve problems vexing human civilization by modeling political and economic predicaments in Petri dishes.

Issues may range from taxation to immigration to environmental regulation. Participants will learn about slime mold biology and will use this knowledge to expose slime molds to policy dilemmas in terms relevant to the plasmodiums’ wellbeing. The workshop will culminate in the interpretation of the slime molds’ behavior, which will then be translated into policy advice for the German government.

Jonathon Keats


Digital Content

Can't wait for the festival? Or want to continue discovering great BIOTOPIA content afterwards? With our digital offerings, you can experience science from anywhere - here's a small selection!



Video: Karel Hacker

What does it sound like when plants make music? The biofeedback musician Karel Hacker considers himself to be a plant conductor and transforms the electrical potentials of plants into organic music. For the festival he has created the song "Primordial Connection" - have fun listening!

The Mystery Object

With our Mystery Objects, children can go in search of clues. But be careful, because only half of the clues given are true! Who will find out what the object really is? And who are their own senses deceiving?

BIOTOPIA Lab@Home

Our exciting experiments can be recreated in the comfort of your own home. There's plenty on offer for the senses, from fluorescence to optical illusions to the basics of our senses!

Aha Moments

How do we perceive black holes and how does our brain process sensory impressions? In this video series, scientists from the Max Planck Society talk about the details. Moderated by Annika Preil, known from the TV series "Anna und die wilden Tiere".

BIOTOP!CS - The award-winning BIOTOPIA Podcast

The podcast focuses on life in all its facets, including sensual perception. Listen in and go on a journey of discovery, for example into the land of dreams or into the flirting behavior of other organisms!


Partners and Supporters
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  • Bayern2
  • BayWa
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  • Bionicum
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