SILBERSALZ in June: exhibition + talks


Taking a glance at our planet, like only astronauts in space usually can: SILBERSALZ lets the earth float in the Ulrichskirche from 18. to 21.6.2020. Luke Jerram has reconstructed the earth in a fascinating giant model.

It allows us to take a closer look at our familiar planet. As a vulnerable, blue planet, the Earth seems to float in the vastness of black space - this is how astronauts describe their view from space. Thanks to Luke Jerram, exhibition guests can now experience such moments of wonder. His model of the Earth has a diameter of seven metres; every centimetre corresponds to 18 kilometres in the original.

The exhibition can be visited by prior appointment via eventbrite or directly at the Tourist Information (Marktplatz 13).


This year SILBERSALZ is themed "Homeland Earth" and "Gaia“ impressively shows what it's all about: the beauty and diversity of our planet. Within the framework of a multifaceted lecture program, renowned experts from science, research, and economics will be speaking on 19 June 2020 about the state of our home earth and our common future. They will provide food for thought on the possibilities of transformation with regard to biodiversity, climate change, and, of course, how to deal with pandemics such as COVID-19 and their causes - and enter into a discussion with our viewers online, as all talks will be broadcast via live stream. The Livestream in cooperation with MDR is free of charge and can be watched on the SILBERSALZ social media channels.

All talks will be held in German.


We are looking forward to the following speakers:

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius — Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute and SILBERSALZ Head of Science

Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel — Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)

Fritz Habekuß — Editor at Die Zeit, author of “Über Leben. Zukunftsfrage Artensterben: Wie wir die Ökokrise überwinden” (with Dirk Steffens)

Prof. Dr. Gerald H. Haug — President of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina – National Academy of Sciences

Kai Kupferschmidt — science journalist, Riff-Reporter, Correspondent for the magazine "Science”  

Prof. Dr. Dr. Alfons Labisch — Medical historian, Rector emeritus of the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Honorary Professor of the Beijing Foreign Studies University

Prof. Dr. Josef Settele — Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, member of the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research, author at IPBES 

Prof. Dr. Lothar H. Wieler — President of the Robert Koch Institute 


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The health of our guests, visitors, and employees is our top priority. The organization and implementation of the festival program are based on permitted hygiene and distance measures to limit the corona virus'.

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