Bildung durch Wissenschaft – educating enquiring minds – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
The Humboldt Universität aims to use the Humboldt Forum to cast the spotlight on science and make tangible to the general public the full extent to which science is a core component of our culture.
The university will have 1000 square metres of exhibition space at its disposal to hold rotating exhibitions and events that will give visitors a vivid sense of the role science plays in each of our everyday lives. The exhibition’s underlying thrust will be on scientific methods of inquiry and insight, in short the methodical aspect behind the acquisition of new findings and new knowledge. Conversely, the university aims to demonstrate how researchers from diverse fields apply scientific procedures in their everyday work, be it in the lab, on expeditions, or in archives. The exhibition will also highlight the kinds of questions that researchers around the world tackle by working together in a global conversation. Far from being a showcase of headline-grabbing scientific achievements, the exhibition will instead set stock in exposing methodologies and knowledge processes applied in the scientific practice of past and present, and all the controversies, speculation, errors, and limits that this necessarily entails. To help convey these structural processes, the university is devising experimental forms of presentation and display that will include the possibility of featuring objects from the university’s own collections. The university will also use the Humboldt-Forum to present its Lautarchiv: a collection of historical recordings of the ‘voices of the world’.