„Your ideas create change!“ is the motto of Germany’s large science and technology event IdeenExpo. The Expo targets children, teenagers and young adults, and presents career and educational options in scientific and technical occupations. In this way, IdeenExpo aims to combat the emerging shortage of skilled personnel in these areas. Between 27 August and 4 September, the Expo welcomed 310,000 visitors, most of whom were school classes. IPP together with Augsburg University contributed to the event with a hands-on station where visitors could try experiments on their own. The station raised so much interest that soon the presenters nearly lost their voices. Many teachers took the opportunity to inform themselves about fusion or enquire for potential visits to IPP. IdeenExpo usually draws a large number of high ranking politicians and this year welcomed German president Christian Wulff and several federal ministers.

Julia Sieber, IPP