With the “Tag der Niedersachsen” (Day of Lower Saxons), the state of Lower Saxony will be celebrating its culture, history and diversity from 10 to 12 June 2022. Every two years, the celebration takes place in a different city. This year, the people of Lower Saxony will celebrate the three-day cultural festival under the motto “Stadt.Land.Fest” (City.Country.Festival) around the Maschsee lake in the state capital Hannover.
„Tag der Niedersachsen“ in Hannover – from 10 to 12 June 2022
“I am looking forward to the Day of Lower Saxony in Hannover. It is good that after the many Corona months we can once again see and enjoy the diverse life of our federal state. Lower Saxony has a lot to offer in its regions and we will show that from the Harz Mountains to the sea in our state capital. That's why visitors can expect an attractive programme and we are looking forward to many Lower Saxons who are enthusiastic about their state,” explains Lower Saxony's Minister President Stephan Weil.
Over 400,000 visitors are expected at the Lower Saxony Day. Around 250 exhibitors will present their work on nine theme miles, and seven stages will provide entertainment and information. There will also be a traditional costume and pageant "Parade of Diversity" with 80 groups from all over Lower Saxony.
Leibniz institutions from Lower Saxony present their research
At the festival, the participants will present the cultural diversity of the state in particular, but scientific institutions and companies will also introduce themselves to a large audience over the three days. The event is intended to be a place of encounter for locals and guests from all parts of the world.
The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology will also be there, presenting itself with the four other Leibniz institutions based in Lower Saxony at a joint stand on the Business and Innovation Mile (Friedrichswall and Willy-Brandt-Allee): With the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL), the German Primate Centre – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research (DPZ), the Leibniz Institute for Educational Media | Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) and the Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures.
As a scientific community, the Leibniz Association connects 97 research institutes throughout Germany. In Lower Saxony there are five institutes with over 1,000 employees. Through their close cooperation with the universities, they are an important part of the regional scientific landscape.
Try out the TIB's geolocation tool: Where does the image come from?
Visitors to the joint stand will be able to try out the TIB's geolocation tool, among other things. Under the motto “Where did the picture come from?”, the TIB will be demonstrating the “Geolocation Estimation” geolocation tool it developed, in which humans and machines compete against each other to estimate where a photo was taken. Most of the time, the computer wins the estimation, the human is inferior. But how does it work? Thanks to artificial intelligence.
The Visual Analytics research group, led by Prof. Dr. Ralph Ewerth, conducts research on visual concept detection – that is, the automatic extraction of information from images – and has developed an innovative method for localising where photos were taken: A machine learning method based on so-called neural networks uses contextual information of the scene depicted in the photo in addition to geographical features to estimate the location of the photo.
In the future, a system like this could help to identify fake news as such. It can already be used to check how credible photos are as a source of information and how likely it is that a picture was taken exactly in the specified region.