Events on the first three days
will take place at the Kaiser-Leopold Saal, Karl-Rahner-Platz 3
(close to the historic centre of Innsbruck)

Day 1 - Tuesday, May 1

Starting at 19:00, the first evening of the symposium offers two special events:

Stage performance “Victor F. Hess – Episoden eines Forscherlebens” written and directed by Klaus Reitberger

As special opening event of the symposium a one-hour theatre play will provide insight in the eventful life and scientific struggle of Victor F. Hess. Based on historic accounts and personal letters the unique character of the much acclaimed scientist is portrayed through several key episodes of his life. From the famous balloon-flight in 1912 to the research at the Hafelekar-observatory high above Innsbruck. From receiving the Nobel prize in physics to the dramatic escape from Nazi-Germany on the eve of World War II.

Performed by a series of much-experienced actors of the Stadttheater Kufstein, written an directed by Klaus Reitberger, this project attempts to unite history, science and literature. Further perfomances in Vienna, Graz, Heidelberg and several places in Tyrol are foreseen.

Although the play is in German, a detailed English synopsis-sheet (to be handed out at the performance) will allow a wider audience to take part.

A six-minute video-trailer of the play can be viewed here.

Public lecture “Kosmische Strahlung: Heute genauso aktuell wie vor 100 Jahren” by Prof. Claus Grupen