Discoveries: Health

The "Discoveries: Health" exhibition was shown from 20 May to 4 September 2011 on Mainau Island.

Opening of the exhibition with children, Countess Bettina Bernadotte, State Secretary Helge Braun and Prof. Wolfgang Schürer<br>
Opening of the exhibition with children, Countess Bettina Bernadotte, State Secretary Helge Braun and Prof. Wolfgang Schürer

Introduction

Health is a valuable asset, of vital importance to every person and to humankind as a whole. It means much more than the mere absence of disease and infirmity; other important aspects include a sense of wellbeing and unrestricted actionability. The exhibition “Discoveries 2011: Health” focuses on the contributions of science and research. Entertaining, visually engaging and interactive, it presents today’s research for tomorrow’s health. In 18 pavilions, the exhibitors show technologies and procedures for improved treatment, present the current status of research on widespread diseases such as diabetes and cancer, and reveal strategies for disease prevention and healthy living. A specially designed “Info Tour”, reveals ancient knowledge about herbal remedies, which is still applied today in modern medicine, while an art installation is devoted to the “orphans” of medical research: rare diseases. Hands-on exhibits and comprehendible background information ensure that all topics are easily accessible for both children and adults.

The “Discoveries” exhibition series on sustainability topics has been made possible through the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is an important part of the Years of Science 2009 to 2011. In the “Year of Science 2011— Research for our Health”, a whole range of events draw attention to the conscientiousness and focus of scientists in their quest to maintain and restore health. “Discoveries 2011: Health” helps initiate a necessary social dialogue on the goals, challenges and fields of action of modern health research.

Children explore one of the exhibits<br>
Children explore one of the exhibits

 


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