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Children in Berlin Excited to Meet Ibn Al-Haytham


1001 Inventions Engage Children at the Berlin Science Week

Berlin, 4 November 2017: 1001 Inventions organised event “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” is now open to the public as part of the Berlin Science Week and welcomes hundreds of children every day. The educational event will run at Boulevard Berlin shopping centre until November 11. The event is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

At the Ibn Al-Haytham event children join a wondrous journey to fascinating ancient times through the eyes of Ibn al-Haytham, the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker from Arabia, who made remarkable contributions to the understanding of light, optics and vision. Children are introduced to the world of Ibn al-Haytham as they walk into a giant turban-shaped camera obscura, engage in fun science demonstrations, exciting hands-on workshops and watch a short film following the inspiring story of the pioneering scientific thinker.

Eye-Scura – Based on Justin Quinnell’s camera obscura design

The event has been very well received by families and schools in Berlin. Hundreds of children are flocking daily with their families to the Ibn Al-Haytham event during the first week that runs during the school break. Addtionally, more than a thousand students are scheduled to visit with their schools next week.

Children are delighted to receive copies of the German version of “Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How we See” book, published in partnership with National Geographic Kids and Peter Delius Verlag.

The Ibn Al-Haytham event is part of a global educational initiative launched in partnership with UNESCO to celebrate the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light. 1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in ParisNew York Academy of Sciences and the United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London, the Jordan Museum in Amman and in many other cities around the world.


Dates and Location

Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See

Daily until 11 November 2017

Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm (Sunday November 5 from 1pm-6pm)

Boulevard Berlin Shopping Centre (Schlossstraße 10-15, 12163 Berlin)

School and Group reservations:

Eye-Scura – Based on Justin Quinnell’s camera obscura design

About Berlin Science Week

The Berlin Science Week is a new international gathering, bringing together people from the world’s most innovative scientific institutions in Berlin. It is dedicated to the dialogue between science and society to inspire a deeper understanding of our world. The Berlin Science Week fosters interdisciplinary exchange and encourages fellow participants to connect and learn from each other.

The Berlin Science Week is kindly supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research and coordinated by the Falling Walls Foundation.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 350 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.


Eye-Scura – Based on Justin Quinnell’s camera obscura design

Eye-Scura – Based on Justin Quinnell’s camera obscura design