Girls’ Day 2016 at PicoQuant
„Make the invisible visible“ was PicoQuant's motto for this year's Girls' Day. During this open day, young females from the age of 10 and upwards had the chance to experience the world of technology, crafts, engineering, and science, and to meet female role models in leadership positions in research, business and politics. At the premises of PicoQuant, the girls learned about light, fluorescence and light microscopy. Naturally occurring fluorophors such as chlorophyll from plants or the aesculin of horse chestnut were made to shine with bright new colors under UV light. In addition, single cell structures far too small to be seen by the naked eye were made visible by light microscopy.
The Girls' Day is an annual event where research institutes and technical enterprises in Germany open their doors in order to give young females an insight into professions where women are still underrepresented.