Science On Stage - Deutschland

The European Network For Science Teachers


Prof. Otto Lührs

Prof. Otto Lührs

Science Center Spectrum (Head a.D.) physics ottoluehrs[at]

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Prof. Otto Lührs is a Science on Stage 'pioneer' since the beginning. By now retired but no less energetic he is looking back at a vivid career: After his apprenticeship as an electrician he worked as a telecommunications technician at the Deutsche Bundespost, then achieved his diploma as a physicist at the Technische Universität Berlin and finally studied cultural techniques at the 'Hochschule der Künste' in Berlin. In career terms he mainly operated in realms of non-formal education. A special emphasis lay on building up 'Spectrum', the first Science Center in Germany at the Deutsche Technikmuseum. From 1979 to 1980 he operated as course instructor for 'Electronic Arts' at the adult education centre Berlin-Wilmersdorf as well as from 1994 to 2002 as course instructor and member of the panel for technical courses at 'Jugend im Museum' in Berlin. As member of the board at the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI) Berlin-Brandenburg he was responsible for the division 'Youth and technics' from 1999 to 2004 and worked as member of the panel for 'Jugend forscht' in Berlin in the field of physics from 2000 to 2004. In 2009 he got awarded with the Kerschensteiner-Prize by the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) for building up the Science Center Spectrum. For this as well as for his commitment at Science on Stage he got awarded with the Federal Cross of Merit in 2012. At Science on Stage he commited himself as member of the board from 2005 to 2013 as well as as member of the panel at national Science on Stage festivals and since 2015 as Science on Stage 'ambassador' of the network in Berlin.


What does being a teacher mean to you?

I have never been a 'teacher' literally, but still  I do hope that I have been of some benefit to a big number of teachers.


What do you think about Science on Stage - in 3 words?

An absolute necessity.


Why participate?

Because it gives you the opportunity to keep up to date about what is happening in the national and international educational landscape around STEM, because you learn from others and you can pass on some good ideas yourself. 



Commitment at Science on Stage:

Participant Physics on Stage festivals in Geneva (2000) and Nordwejk (2003), participant European Science on Stage festivals in Geneva (2005), Grenoble (2007), Berlin (2008), Copenhagen (2011), S?ubice-Frankfurt (Oder) (2013) and London (2015), member of the board 2005 to 2013 and chair of the board of Science on Stage Germany 2007 to 2009 and 2011 to 2013. Since 2015 'ambassador' for Science on Stage in Berlin.



Organisation of the Science Center Phæno in Wolfsburg, participant 'Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften 2016' at 'Haus der Physik' at the Technische Universität Berlin.

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