Physics and football - the Children's University uncovers the secret of the banana flank

Finally live and in the lecture hall again, the Children's University of the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) will start the winter semester on Thursday and Saturday, 22 and 24 September 2022. In addition, the experimental lecture by Dr. Olaf Gutschker on 24 September can also be followed online.

This time, everything revolves around the most beautiful secondary matter in the world - football. The World Cup is coming up again soon, and a few questions urgently need to be answered: for example, whether the ball is really round or what makes the banana flank crooked.

The speaker of this Children's University lecture, Dr. Olaf Gutschker, graduated from Cottbus and studied physics at the TU Dresden. His research topic at the BTU in Cottbus was the thermal use of solar energy. Dr Gutschker is currently head of the university's "Unex" laboratory for schoolchildren and is a guest teacher at the Protestant Grammar School in Cottbus.

Pupils from the third to sixth grades are invited to the children's university lecture "Physics and football - the secret of the banana flank". The 45-minute event will begin for participants at the Cottbus Central Campus on Thursday, 22 September, at 3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. in the Central Lecture Hall Building. Registration is not required.

On Saturday, 24 September, at 11 a.m., this lecture will begin for participants of the Children's University at the Senftenberg Campus in the Konrad Zuse Media Centre. Please register at the e-mail address
The experimental lecture will be broadcast live online for all those interested who cannot attend, for example because they have to travel a long way. Registrations under the e-mail address kinderuni(at) are urgently required. The link to the lecture will be sent after registration.
If you have any questions about the Children's University, please contact the student advisor Heike Postelt at 03573 85-280,

Children's lectures are intended to arouse interest in solving scientific and other questions at an early age, and to give children the opportunity to experience the flair of a university. The BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg conveys approaches to solving everyday scientific phenomena in a child-friendly, exciting way, thus creating formative experiences and experiences that are intended in particular to reduce inhibitions about going to university.

Further information on the Children's and Pupils' University and other BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg offers for children and pupils:



Heike Postelt
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T +49 (0) 3573 85-280

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