Start your accelerator tour - the Long Night of Science in a different way

© HZB/M. Setzpfandt

Due to corona restrictions, unfortunately there will be no Long Night of Science this year. This is not only a pity for all those interested in science, but also for us! We look forward to it every year when many people come to us, asking us questions or being amazed by the huge facilities and laboratories in which we do our research. To make sure that the long night doesn't fall flat, we take you on a virtual journey through our accelerator BESSY II.

It starts on June 6 at 5 pm.

Click here for the tour through BESSY II! (YouTube)

*Video in german language*

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