city of excellence


So much diversity to discover!

Hanover – a thriving modern city with so many possibilities, opportunities and different perspectives – a world-class city which offers a great quality of life! The capital of Lower Saxony, a city where potential and innovation are cultivated. Its close proximity to nature, its authenticity and its impressive infrastructure – all this and more make Hanover a fantastic place to live, work and enjoy life.


Hanover was awarded the title of “UNESCO City of Music” in 2014 and has since been officially playing an important role on the global music stage. Talented musicians, researchers and creative professionals live and work in Hanover, making the city a perfect place to indulge in uninterrupted listening pleasure.


Surveys carried out by the city council have confirmed that Hanover is a city where people feel welcome and at ease. 84 per cent of the local residents rate their city highly or very highly. Numerous organisations, institutions and other committed parties are working hard to ensure that this always remains the case.


“Movement” is an everyday word which is also the focus of physicists at Leibniz University who, in addition to other notable research subjects, are conducting research on gravitational waves. A large proportion of the local residents also ensure that movement is a high priority in and around the city.


Maschsee Lake, Herrenhausen Palace and the New City Hall are all unmissable attractions and the entire region has a rich variety of cultural, natural and scientific treasures on offer. For example, the Hanover Laser Centre is researching ways in which the latest technologies can be used efficiently in agricultural applications.


Thought-controlled hearing devices

A Brain Computer Interface (BCI) operates as an interface between humans and machines and creates a connection between the computer and the brain, without the need to activate any limbs. Research is being conducted on this technology at Leibniz University at the Hearing4all excellence cluster. Scientists are busily developing hearing devices which can be fully controlled by the power of thought.

Translational medical technology

Excellent research at the Fraunhofer ITEM

What are the current developments in research into deafness? What sort of new discoveries can we expect over the next few years? The Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM) intends to use its Translational Medical Technology centre of excellence to find the answers to these questions. The institute has been carrying out research for almost 40 years, primarily in the areas of pharmaceutical development and chemical safety. Over the years they have built up expertise in the field of translational medical technology. One of the topics is the development of individual implants for people with impaired hearing. In an interview, the director of the Institute Professor Norbert Krug explains how deaf people will be able to fully enjoy concerts in the future, and what 3D printing has to do with this. Other topics: How the Fraunhofer makes the lives of premature babies easier and how they can help people who have respiratory diseases through the use of safe and effective medication.

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Listen, listen!

How a young scientist is advancing research into hearing disorders

The Joint Research Academy is providing support to up-and-coming scientists from the Hearing4all cluster in order to help them advance their research and careers. One of the young researchers discusses the project he is currently working on, the contribution this is making to the Hearing4all project and how the Joint Research Academy is supporting him.

Waldo Nogueira

is conducting research on artificial intelligence and music perception

Now in an interview with Waldo Nogueira.(German)

IdeenExpo 2022

A chance to explore the wonders of technology

Hands-on experiments, shows and concerts. IdeenExpo, Europe’s largest natural sciences and technology event for young people, will next take place from 2 to 10 July 2022.

Hanover’s exhibition grounds are periodically transformed into a huge and exciting world of discovery for young people who are interested in the natural sciences and enjoy carrying out science experiments. The Technology and Innovation Show, which featured stars such as Bosse, Sunrise Avenue and Sasha, attracted a record number of 395,000 visitors in 2019. Exhibitors presented over 670 interactive exhibits over more than 110,000 square metres of exhibition space. The aim was to inspire young visitors to learn more about training, research and job opportunities in the natural sciences, technology and innovation. The exhibition was divided into different themed areas: energy, communication, the living world and the environment, mobility and manufacturing. The exhibition programme was also topped off with a series of workshops, lectures, science shows and experiments.

To IdeenExpo 2019

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the supervisory board of IdeenExpo decided in May 2020 to postpone the 2021 exhibition until summer 2022. The exhibition will be held again from 2 to 10 July under the banner: “Try something new!” As large events have had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus, IdeenExpo decided to livestream the Science Slam on YouTube for the first time ever during spring 2020. Viewers were able to watch this tried and tested blend of science and entertainment from the comfort of their own homes.

Hearing Protection


Shout, shout, let it all out! If you have ever shouted along to the song by the band Tears for Fears, you will probably have noticed that your ears are ringing afterwards. Human hearing participates in many activities, not just at concerts, but also at work. Find out about the types of people who should consider using ear defenders.

1. The music fan

Music is played at more than 100 decibels at rock and pop concerts. This is roughly equivalent to the volume of a power saw. However, a silent concert is not the answer to this problem. Special filters block out certain frequencies so that the music is quieter but still retains its clarity.

2. The workaholic

In some professions, it is necessary to withstand high volumes of noise for hours on end. Day-to-day work is particularly loud for employees in aircraft manufacturing and road construction, and for bartenders. Dentists and teachers also have to endure high levels of noise. If you are exposed to noise levels higher than 80 decibels at work, you are legally entitled to wear ear protection.

3. DIYers

“I only screw a few screws into the wall!” Even if you are just pottering around at home and decide to crank up your drill or circular saw, you should definitely think about wearing hearing protection. Ear defenders are an ideal solution in this instance or a headset that completely covers the ears.

4. The frequent flyer

Has the plane just taken off, but you can’t reach your chewing gum? Air passengers experience particularly high levels of pressure on the ears during take off and landing. And then there is the constant roar of the engines. Special ear protection with filters, which balance out the pressure, is ideal in this situation.

5. The sleep deprived

You might be losing sleep due to your baby or snoring partner, or it could perhaps be your ticking alarm clock. Many people toss and turn every night in bed because their sleeping environment is too loud. Conventional ear protection made from a foam material can provide relief, otherwise it might be necessary to get hold of a specially adapted model.

6. The water rat

A few laps around the swimming pool, a quick dive and suddenly you have a whole lot of water sloshing about in your ears. It usually drains out again, however, it can also get stuck inside. You then run the risk of developing a middle ear infection. Custom-made ear protection is the ideal solution to prevent water from entering into the ears.

Get your hearing back at last!

The work at DHZ

Hearing problems are all too common in our society – in Germany, around 15 million people are affected. The good news: All the different kinds of hearing issues can now be diagnosed and treated. Whether it’s an operation, a hearing aid or an implant – there are lots of options for restoring your hearing. And who does this? The German Hearing Centre (Deutsches HörZentrum or DHZ) in Hanover works with a team of experts, using the best possible forms of therapy for patients. Find out more here about what makes DHZ special, what future hearing solutions they’re working on – and listen for yourself to find out what a hearing issue sounds like.

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Studying at the HMTMH

World-class teaching and talent

The Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH) has an outstanding reputation around the world. Its former students include violinist Cosima Soulez Larivière who was placed third in the prestigious Joseph-Joachim Violin Competition, which took place in Hanover in 2018. In this interview, the young violinist, who is of French and Dutch descent, discusses her educational experiences at HMTMH, which is considered to be one of the best universities in Germany for arts and media courses.

Why did you start playing the violin?
I listened to a lot of music when I was very young. I learned to play the violin using the Suzuki Method. This method is a really great and entertaining way to make music, and it is both gratifying and motivating. My brother also used to play. It was very special being able to share this passion as we grew up together.

What do you think is the most special thing about your instrument?
For me, the violin is like a voice from another world, which has an infinite range of tones. There is also an incredibly varied repertoire for the violin, which I am so fortunate to be able to play.

Why did you decide to study at the HMTMH?
I came to Hanover because of my teacher Professor Wegrzyn. We got to know him in Italy. His teaching continually inspires me. The university is also very well-known for its other music departments. A pianist friend of mine from the Yehudi Menuhin School also studies in Hanover. The university ultimately brings together a diverse range of passionate artists.

What does the university offer you that other universities cannot?
The university doesn’t just have a fantastic faculty of professors, it also creates a community of like-minded individuals, who are all passionate about what they do, whether it be performing, composing or conducting. We are privileged to be able to use such amazing facilities and to live in such a tranquil city, which fits perfectly with our lifestyle. The public also goes to great lengths to support the students, which we value very much.

Can you remember a particularly special musical moment – maybe one that took place in Hanover?
In 2018, there was a wonderful moment at the gala concert during the Joseph-Joachim Violin Competition when I received the prize for the best performance of a contemporary piece. I was then asked to play again at the final concert. My professor and I decided to plunge the concert hall into darkness with only one spotlight directed on the stage. It was so special to perform such a gentle piece of music called “Hauch” by Rebecca Saunders in such a tranquil atmosphere. It felt as if time had stood still.

What plans have you made for the future?
A lot of concerts are scheduled for the coming year in Germany, Denmark, Hungary and the Czech Republic, starting with classical concerts extending across to modern and less frequently played works (which will hopefully change!)

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With just one note, a violin can arouse a cascade of emotions in the listener. This is made possible by the unique way the instrument is constructed.


Cosima Soulez Larivière, Violinist


Musical talent is nurtured in Hanover by the best teachers. Igor Levit is among the many talented teachers. The New York Times described him as one of the “most important artists of his generation” and the Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as an “asset” to today’s concert scene. Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhni Nowgorod and came to Germany with his family when he was eight years old. He studied piano at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH), achieving the highest grades in the history of the institute. In 2005, he was the youngest competitor to ever win the silver award at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv. He also won the special award for chamber music, the audience award and the special award for the best performance of a compulsory contemporary composition. Igor Levit has been a professor of piano at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media since 2019.

Recording of his private concert at Bellevue Castle during the coronavirus lockdown of Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonate Op 53.

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Jazz Club Hanover

Music history made at the orange-coloured jazz club

The American jazz musician Louis Armstrong once said, “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” But even if you have to ask, you have a good chance of finding out more about this type of music at the Jazz Club Hanover. The club was established in 1966 and it has become one of the most prestigious jazz clubs in Europe. Its founders wanted to create a venue for jazz enthusiasts to share their passion for the genre. At that time, the main priority was to help return Germany’s unofficial epicentre of jazz to its former glory. Famous musicians, such as Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton have played in the cellar on the Lindener Berg.

An audience of 130 takes the room to full capacity. As there is not very much space, the seats have to be positioned right up to the stage. The interior walls of the former recreation centre are completely painted in orange. This is why the Jazz Club is also known to some people as the Orange Club. Between 60 and 80 concerts are performed here each year. In 2014, the club became an official partner of the UNESCO – City of Music event. In 2018, it won the state of Lower Saxony’s music prize for the second time.

The members of the Jazz Club Hanover e.V. were keen to ensure that jazz would be heard beyond the walls of the club and across the entire city. This is why when the club was just one year old, its members organised the first open-air “Swinging Hanover Festival”. Around 40,000 visitors have been attending the festival that takes place in front of the New Town Hall on Ascension Day ever since. But things were very different in 2020. For the first time in the club’s history, the open-air event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the sounds of jazz and swing music were livestreamed directly into people’s homes.

Hanover therefore has its very own distinctive answer to the question: what is jazz? And Louis Amstrong also played his part in unravelling the mystery when he played at the Jazz Club Hanover.

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Gravitational wave astronomy

The research team working under physicist Prof. Karsten Danzmann contributed towards the efforts to pick up the first signal of a gravitational wave on 14 September 2015 using its gravitational wave detector. The Director of the Institute for Gravitational Physics at the University of Hanover led the German-British GEO600 Gravitational Wave Detector Project and is considered to be the spiritual father of the LISA satellite mission whose objective is to detect gravitational waves in space. He explains what gravitational wave astronomy is all about, what the discovery of the first wave means for the world and what the LISA mission could change.

Gravitational waves


Gravitational waves pass through space at the speed of light. Their existence was predicted by Albert Einstein back in 1915 in his General Theory of Relativity. However, he didn’t think it would be possible to ever detect them because they produce such a minimal effect. This was an error. It took over one hundred years of scientific advances to achieve the greatest coup in physics of this millennium.


The existence of gravitational waves

Albert Einstein publishes an essay entitled Approximative Integration of the Field Equations of Gravitation in which he predicts the existence of gravitational waves for the first time. He deduces this from the equations in his General Theory of Relativity which he publishes in 1915.


New formulae

Albert Einstein establishes a formula for the emission of gravitational waves which has remained virtually unchanged since then and is still considered to be valid.


Do gravitational waves exist or not?

Einstein has doubts about his theory. He writes an essay with his colleague Nathan Rosen in which they refute the existence of gravitational waves. An expert finds an error in the reasoning; the work is then published with completely different results. They still doubt whether gravitational waves exist, or not.


“Sticky Bead” – thought experiment

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, an international conference is held on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Physicist Richard Feynman’s “Sticky Bead” thought experiment is the main focus of the conference. In this experiment, Feynman describes the effect a gravitational wave has on a bead which is moving up and down on a stick and is producing heat through friction. The scientists come to the conclusion that gravitational waves must exist.


The physicist Joseph Weber carries out the first experiments to prove the minute effects of gravitational waves.


Successful proof?

Weber announces that he has successfully managed to prove the existence of gravitational waves. This news causes a huge stir and inspires scientists from all over the world to emulate the experiment. However, none of these attempts can confirm Weber’s discovery.


Indirect proof

Two American astronomers Joseph Taylor and Russel Hulse are able to indirectly prove the existence of gravitational waves. They noticed that the orbital period of two stars diminishes extremely slowly and steadily. The system therefore clearly loses energy. The scientists conclude that the only explanation for this phenomenon is the emission of gravitational waves.


Scientists in the USA put the LIGO Observatory (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave) into operation. This new technology is four times more sensitive than earlier systems. However, the first attempts to find gravitational waves end in failure.


DAmerican astronomers Taylor and Hulse receive the Nobel Prize for Physics for providing indirect proof of the existence of gravitational waves.


LIGO detectors discover gravitational waves

On 14 September 2015, scientists at the LIGO observatory detect a clear signal from space caused when two black holes collided 1.3 billion years ago. In the final phase that lasts less than one second, the gigantic black hole emits such a strong gravitational wave that the LIGO detectors can pick them up on Earth. The scientists begin to evaluate the data.


A scientific sensation

The scientists finish analysing the data. They are now completely sure about their findings. 99.99999 per cent of the signal received by the LIGO detectors in 2015 comes from gravitational waves. A scientific sensation.


Signals from 520 million light years away

The international network that runs the gravitational wave detector project has detected a second signal from coalescing neutron stars. The LIGO Livingston and Virgo detectors identified the signal on 25 April 2019. The detection of the signal named GW190425 has been described as a “significant event”. The signal comes from a distance of about 520 million light-years, four times further away than the first gravitational wave from the binary neutron star merger detected in August 2017. Methods developed by scientists at the Albert Einstein Institute in Hanover have been used to help detect and analyse the signal. The scientists created models of the types of gravitational waves that might be expected in coalescing neutron stars.


The breakthrough discovery of a new signal

Research into gravitational waves has been progressing extremely well and detecting gravitational waves has become part of a normal day’s work for the scientists in Hanover. However, a new exciting development has happened recently: the scientists have been able to announce the discovery of a signal that has never been seen before. The GW190412 signal shows for the first time ever the way two black holes with distinctly different masses can coalesce with one another. A smaller black hole with approximately eight times the mass of the sun is being swallowed by a large black hole roughly thirty times the mass of the sun. The LIGO-Virgo scientists were therefore able to validate a previously untested prediction of Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Hanover – a city of change


The city has a rich history from its medieval origins, through to its heyday as a royal residence, until the present day as the 21st century metropole Hanover City 2020+. Hanover is the capital of the state of Lower Saxony and is one of Germany’s major cities. The black and white map shows what the city looked like in 1916 and the coloured map on the right shows what it looks like now. The white button on the black and white map can be moved up and down with a click of the mouse so you can compare the changes in the cityscape over the years. At the end of the Second World War, the old town, Calenberger Neustadt and large areas of the neighbouring quarters of the city to the north, east and south lay in ruins. The reconstruction phase began. Urban planner Rudolf Hillebrecht ensured the city centre had wide streets and green open spaces. The Marktkirche (Market Church) was reconstructed in 1946 and is one of city’s most distinctive landmarks. During the 1950s, today’s government district was built on the area around Waterlooplatz. The Ihme-Zentrum was completed in 1975 in the Brutalist style. After the reunification of Germany, Hanover acquired a more central position in the country and the 2000 EXPO World Exhibition gave an important boost to the city’s development. The redevelopment of the area around the main train station is a prime example. Furthermore, the demolition of the Hochstrasse in 1999 significantly altered the appearance of Aegidientorplatz. The construction of the headquarters of the Nord/LB Bank at Friedrichswall also created an imposing landmark.



The physicist Bruce Allen devotes his research to the not so small matter of the entire universe. The year 2005, which was named Einstein Year, was when he first got the “Einstein@Home” project off the ground. He only reveals this much: he wants to receive signals from space as he continues to look for gravitational waves. Allen is a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Hanover.


We want to capture the first gravitational waves from a rotating neutron star. The gravitational waves which were discovered in 2015 came from two colliding black holes and we now want to move onto the next stage.


We use computer power generated by people from all over the world to detect signals in space from rotating neutron stars. Satellites and telescopes pick up this data and the weak signals contained in the transmissions can be detected using the combined strength of the computers. It is like trying to pick out a particular grain of sand with a distinctive shape from an infinite number of grains of sand. We need an enormous amount of computing power to achieve this. A supercomputer is extremely expensive, so with Einstein@Home we combine the strength of a very large number of computers. When pooled together, they work as efficiently as one of the 20 to 30 the fastest computers in the world. The data we receive helps us to understand the universe better.


Neutron stars are small, very dense objects – a teaspoon of a neutron star has the same mass as an entire mountain. They are sometimes only 20 kilometres in diameter and rotate very quickly. They radiate gravitational waves, gamma rays and radio waves a bit like a lighthouse that sends out a beam of light at regular intervals. Satellites and telescopes pick this data up and the pool of computers trawl through the data to find weak signals that are hidden there. We can pinpoint the location of the neutron stars using the data we receive. Every participant who locates a neutron star receives a certificate.


Approximately half a million people from all of the 193 member states of the United Nations have made a contribution to Einstein@Home. Most of them come from the USA; Germany and the UK are in second and third place.


We have detected around 100 new neutron stars since the project started by detecting their gamma rays and radio waves. Unfortunately, over the past 14 years, we have still not detected any gravitational waves from a single neutron star. This is a real shame because this is our ultimate objective. For example, gravitational wave can tell us what the inner structure of a neutron star looks like. This is very exciting for astronomy and nuclear physics research.


The most difficult part is finding people who are able to participate over the long term. Many people are really enthusiastic about Einstein@Home at the beginning, especially because it is very easy to take part and you can just lean back and relax afterwards. However, the numbers drop off very quickly for reasons such as new updates or because a participant has purchased a new computer. However, it is important for the sake of the research to collect data over a longer period.


One of the most well-known projects that adopts a similar format is SETI@home. The participants combine forces with their internet-linked computers to find traces of intelligent life beyond our planet.

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New forms of living


Do you live in a small space? Hanover has been coming up with solutions for this for a long time. Model examples of small living spaces have been developed here since the 1950s. Increasing numbers of students and workers are now living in the city who need small and affordable apartments. Approximately 300 microapartments each measuring 24 to 33 square metres have therefore been developed. A great deal of thought has been devoted to the matter at Leibniz University. Scientists and students have been focusing on research into the “Habitats of the Future”, or specifically new ways of living in cities.


During the Constructa International Building Exhibition in 1951, Hanover presented the Constructa apartment block on Hildesheimer Strasse. This development is primarily composed of two to five-storey apartment buildings which are able to accommodate as many people as possible in a relatively small space during times when accommodation is in short supply. During the 1950s, Hanover still bore the marks of the bombardments that occurred during the war. Furthermore, there was influx of refugees from the former eastern parts of Germany who needed places to live. There was an urgent need to reconstruct the city as quickly as possible. Under the direction of urban planner Rudolf Hillebrecht, the Constructa block was initially developed to serve as an illustrative model. 500 apartments were constructed on approximately 15,000 square metres of land.

Hanover today

Hanover, a city of singles There is only one person living in more than half of all households in the city. Single people do not need as much space as a family, however, small and affordable apartments have so far been difficult to come by. A plan is in the making to construct microapartments in three locations in Hanover: small apartments with floor space of between 24 and 33 square metres with built-in kitchenettes. The “hanova” housing association is in charge of the project and has invested just under 13 million euros. enercity-Fonds proKlima Hanover is providing funding of 66,000 euro and the KfW Banking Group is also supporting the plan. 300 microapartments should therefore be ready by 2021. The first 113 apartments have been developed in Kopernikusstrasse 7B near to the university. The occupants moved into their apartments in the new five storey building in July 2018. In the next stage, hanova intends to build two further apartment blocks with around 200 apartments by the beginning of 2021 at Klagesmarkt 17 and on Körnerplatz. The apartments are primarily aimed at students, single people and commuters.


What will human living spaces of the future look like? Researchers and students at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences at Leibniz University of Hanover are asking this very question. As the challenges of living closely together are becoming ever more difficult, especially in cities, the faculty is now focusing on research into the “Habitats of the Future”. Representatives from the faculties of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental planning and technical education are working closely together. One of the projects entitled “Urban Voids” that is being developed by the Institute of Urban Planning and Design focuses on the unlocked potential of urban empty spaces – for example, these areas could be used as living space or in variable ways. The city of Hanover is being used as a case study.

Perry Rhodan Neo: Raumzeit-Rochade Sci-Fi No

Hanoverian science fiction author Michael H. Buchholz celebrated his first contribution the cult Perry Rhodan science fiction series of novels (relaunched in 2011 as Perry Rhodan Neo) when he wrote volume 89 entitled Tschato, der Panther. He wrote numerous other publications following this debut. Together with his friend Rüdiger Schäfer, he also played a key role in shaping the spinoff novels of the sister series Atlan. 

What the story is about:
It is the year 2038 and the uprising against the Arkonide forces who have occupied Earth starts with a bitter defeat. The attempt on New Year’s Eve to eliminate the military commander-in-chief ends in failure. The enemy is now bent on revenge. Freedom fighter Julian Tifflor and his girlfriend Mildred are planning to secretly enter one of the occupier’s spaceships to sabotage it from the inside. It looks as if this mission is also going to end in failure. But the resistance fighters suddenly receive unexpected backup. Policeman Nome Tschato, also known as “Der Panther” discovers their plan and wants to help them implement it …

Star Maker

The novel originated from the pen of British author Olaf Stapleton. Hanoverians Wolfgang Thadewald and Thomas Schück translated the novel into German. Until his death in 2013, Thadewald was one of the most distinguished experts of the works of the French science fiction writer Jules Verne. During the course of his career, Schück translated numerous works by well-known authors of this genre and published a number of his own short science fiction novels. 

What the story is about:
A man leaves his small planet and wanders through the vastness of space. He goes in search of other life forms and finally stumbles upon a planet that harbours life forms which are not dissimilar to humans. The astronaut continues researching and finally finds out something interesting. All the life forms he has met on his journey through space and time have the same objective – to uncover the universe’s greatest secret of all time: the secret of the star maker.

Lila Zukunft und hellgelbe Liebe

Gero Reimann is the author of numerous short science fictions stories and essays on this genre. His novel Lila Zukunft und hellgelbe Liebe was published in 1984 by the Heyne-Verlag. 

What the story is about:
Humans have destroyed planet Earth. Only data stored on numerous hard drives are evidence of their existence. However, this is dead information and nobody knows what to do with it. Until the day the “vagrants” awake from their long sleep; a company of actors which traverses the galaxies in an ancient banana-shaped space ship. The actors arrive at the colonies and breathe new life into the incomprehensible legends about planet Earth.

Das Haus der blauen Aschen

Niklas Peinecke is actually known in the science fiction scene for his unusual short stories. Das Haus der blauen Aschen is the Hanoverian’s first longer novel and the first part of a trilogy. The sequels are called Die Seelen der blauen Aschen and Die Sonnen der Seelen and were published in 2015 and 2016 by Wurdack-Verlag. 

What the story is about:
During tedious routine work, young astrophysicist Farne notices an unusual signal coming from the brown dwarf star ERC 238. She pulls out all the stops so that she can pay a visit to this mysterious heavenly body along with her friend and secret lover. Spirits were initially high when they first set off on the expedition, however, inexplicable events start to happen more and more frequently. The ship’s doctor disappears and is replaced by an enigmatic female colleague, equipment starts to malfunction and traces of a lost civilisation are discovered. When Farne becomes aware of the danger that emanates from ERC 238, it is already too late to turn back.

Maddrax – The dark future of Earth

Maddrax is a post-apocalyptic pulp fiction series which combines science-fiction, fantasy, horror and adventure. The first part, The Dark Future of Earth, was penned by Hanoverian Bernd Frenz who used to publish the book under his pen name of Brian Frost. Frenz also wrote several books in the famous Perry Rhoda series. In 2005, he also wrote the science fiction novel S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Shadow of Chernobyl: the Death Zone with Claudia Kern which relates the back story to the apocalyptic computer game of the same name. 

What the story is about:
A huge comet seals the fate of human civilisation. A new ice age begins. The glaciers only start to slowly recede 400 years later. The survivors eke out an existence, resorting to barbarity, anarchy and violence. Commander and pilot Matthew Drax reaches this unknown world through a worm hole and many adventures await him.

A meeting for likeminded people

Still not enough? Once a month, sci-fi fans from Hanover and the surrounding area meet in Ricklingen and share views and recommendations on sci-fi films and literature. Areas under discussion range from Perry Rhodan, Star Trek, Star Wars and even the classics such as Jules Verne. The Hanover SF Group also regularly organises role play sessions and cinema evenings.

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The successful fight against viruses and infections.

The English word “resist” appears high on the agenda at Leibniz University. The Resist research group is trying to understand why certain people are particularly susceptible to certain infections. The Hanover Institute for Experimental Infection Research TWINCORE is currently developing a quick test which detects the RS virus after birth. The word “resist” is also relevant for the startup company Syntellix AG which is based in Hanover. The company is developing implants which can be used after bone fractures and then disintegrate in the body. This prevents infections from taking hold.


Achieving a better understanding of viruses and bacteria

Medical professionals and basic researchers at the Twincore Centre for Experimental and Clinical Infection Research are now working very closely together. Their objective is to gain a deeper understanding of infections in order to find better ways to combat them. The researchers are focusing on viral infections as well as developing molecular diagnostic tests for detecting pathogenic bacteria and investigating processes in the human immune system. For example, virologist Professor Thomas Pietschmann and his team are looking at factors that make children more susceptible to the RSV virus. They are planning to use their findings to develop a rapid test.

The response to the coronavirus pandemic has also initiated several new research projects, which are focusing on questions such as: How does SARS-CoV-2 enter human cells? Can medications that are already available prevent the infection or slow down the progress of Covid-19? Does the body produce antibodies against the pathogen? A number of groups of scientists at Twincore are working feverishly to find answers to these questions.


“How to protect yourself against viruses”



Syntellix AG was founded in Hanover in 2008, under the leadership of Prof Utz Claassen. The startup develops magnesium-based implants, which are used after bone fractures and then disperse in the body. Using a network of outstanding scientists, the company has been able to develop a material (MAGNEZIX®), which breaks down completely in the body, despite its high strength, and is then replaced by bone tissue. Managing Director Claassen explains how the implants work and why Syntellix products can reduce risks associated with operations.“


Laser Center

LeadLaser in agriculture The Hanover Laser Center is working on a laser radiation device which destroys weeds and acts as an alternative to herbicides. The device detects the weeds from their appearance and kills the plants. Director of the research group working on this technique, Tammo Ripken, discuses the project, what it could mean for the future and other applications the lasers could be used for.

Sander – Calenberger Landhof Farm


The Sander family is a modern family living in the village of Gestorf. Everyone involved with the Landhof Sander Farm is passionate about what they do. The entire family and many other helping hands ensure there is a bountiful harvest and a selection of fruity delights. The growers have successfully managed around 180 hectares of land since 1997. Sugar beet and winter wheat are grown on the farm, however, strawberry cultivation is the main focus. 100 hectares of land are devoted to the cultivation of this delicious fruit which ripen particularly well in the Calenberg region. The family has voluntarily had the strawberry farm certified for a number of years, ensuring that they meet the highest quality standards.

Hanover and Region


The New Town Hall

The New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is one of Hanover’s major landmarks. It is a relatively new building and was officially opened in 1913. The building was constructed in the style of a palace in the elaborate architectural style characteristic of the Wilhelmina period. It is the seat of Hanover’s mayor and the city’s administration departments. The New Town Hall’s domed roof is 97.73 metres high, including its gilded spire. You can take a trip up to the viewing platform on the “diagonal lift”, which is the only lift of its kind in the world. It is well worth the effort as you can enjoy a fantastic bird’s-eye view over Hanover and the surrounding area from this lofty position. 

Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, it is not possible to visit the New Town Hall or take a trip up the tower.

Lake Maschsee

Sometimes the hustle and bustle in the city just gets too much. Why not take a trip to Lake Maschsee? Even though this place of natural beauty is located right in the middle of city, it is a great place to enjoy peace and relaxation. The lake is just under 0.8 square kilometres and offers opportunities for swimming, boating and plenty of paths for leisurely walks. It is an artificial lake that was constructed in 1934 and is the largest waterway in Hanover.

Ballhofplatz Square in the old town

Hanover’s old town is known for its charming timber-framed houses. The Ballhofplatz and its attractive fountain is a delightful place to visit in the heart of the city. The Ballhof Theatre is used to stage youth theatre productions. Visitors to the square frequently get the chance to see various artistic productions. The Ballhof was built between 1649 and 1664 and used to be a sports hall. It was later used as an assembly hall.

Herrenhausen Gardens

Do you fancy taking a leisurely stroll in the centre of Hanover just like a king from the Baroque era? Travel back in time at the Herrenhausen Gardens and find out what life was like at a Baroque palace and in its parkland. The Great Garden (Grosser Garten) was constructed in 1666 and forms the historical heart of the Herrenhausen Gardens. It is flanked by the botanical Berggarten and the George Gardens which are both laid out in the English landscape style. Herrenhausen Palace was reopened in 2013 and visitors can now gain an insight into the lives of its former occupants from the royal House of Welf.

Hanover Zoo (Erlebnis-Zoo)

Do you like the idea of meeting all kinds of fascinating wild creatures from all over the world in just one day? Then the Hanover Adventure Zoo is the place for you! Watch the seals and polar bears as they dive and frolic in the water. Take a boat trip down the Zambezi and experience the sights and sounds of the African Savannah. Or visit the Canadian wilderness and get close up to the wolves of Yukon Bay. There are approximately 2,000 animals to see in seven different animal kingdoms that simulate their natural habitats. The zoo was opened in 1865, making it one of the oldest zoos in Germany. 

In order to enjoy the zoo in the most stress-free way possible, all guests – including children – need to book an access card via the zoo’s website before visiting. This card is free of charge.

Marienburg Castle

A visit to Marienburg Castle will transport you to a fairy tale world. The well-preserved castle was the former summer residence of the Welfs and was owned by the family until 2018. It is located approximately 20 kilometres south of Hanover. Visitors can take a look around the castle’s kitchen and the library. A guided tour around the castle’s grounds or a trip up the main tower are also well worth the effort. Guided tours are currently not available as the number of visitors is limited. This is being controlled by a check-in system. There are separate entrances and exits as well as a one-way system for the circular tours to ensure that social distancing can be safely observed.

The Nanas of Niki de Saint Phalle

There are some remarkably colourful works of art situated on the banks of the River Leibniz which never fail to catch the eye: they are the curvaceous Nana figures by the sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle. Her sculptures helped to draw attention to the aims of the feminist movement during the 1960s. The shapely, larger-than-life and gaily coloured Nanas represent the confident and erotic woman. The prominent position the sculptures occupy along the river bank sparked vehement protests in Hanover, however, residents finally decided to keep the beloved statues. A number of the statues have been named after famous Hanoverians, such as Electress Sophie of Hanover, the object of Goethe’s affections Charlotte Buff and the astronaut Caroline Herschel.