The exhibition showcases ten award-winning projects, documenting scientific and academic excellence and the sustainable impact of the innovations. The exhibition introduces the researchers and developers as individuals and as role models and honours their achievements in the "Hall of Fame".
The prize-winners are presented in a "Hall of Fame", at a prominent position and in framed larger-than-life, black-and-white portraits at the top end of the exhibition - the modern equivalent of the actual "Hall of Fame" at the Deutsches Museum. The installation ends with the archive presenting all activities related to the prize and the "Emeritus Module", containing information about all prizewinning projects no longer on display in the exhibition. On the opposite wall is a list of all those whose innovations were shortlisted for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis:
researchers who are among the "circle of the best".
The award-winning works of the prize-winners are dramatically showcased on project islands. Each of the ten modules has a "gateway" that functions as a teaser, a playful invitation that engages the senses and focuses the visitor's attention on the project. In the more in-depth information at the exhibition modules, the scientific background , an explanation of the innovations and their economic and social relevance are presented. The views and experiences of the prize-winners are also documented in brief statements.
The design of the displays and individual modules is angular. Their basic shape is that of an irregular pentagram that gradually assumes its final form and becomes a solid, defined rectangle: this is an allegory of the work process of research and development. It illustrates the path taken from an idea as it becomes a project and ultimately culminates in a specific product.
Excellence, experience and appreciation - these central themes are reflected in the exhibition's execution. It provides information on the aims of the Deutscher Zukunftspreis and emphasizes its particular significance as a prize awarded by the German President.
Module of the winners 2020
Advances in digitalization is producing more and more data that has to be processed ever faster. To do so, new microchips are needed whose efficiency and power far exceeds what has been possible in the past. These chips cannot be manufactured, however, using conventional technology.
This is a problem the 2020 prizewinners Dr. Peter Kürz, Dr. Michael Kösters and Dr. Sergiy Yulin have solved: with the development of EUV lithography, an innovative technology based on extreme ultraviolet light.
With their development, they have dramatically pushed the borders of what has been technically feasible, including a novel optical system and laser technology at the heart of the new system for EUV chip production. Their innovation made a major contribution to the manufacturing of microelectronic components of extremely fine structures. In 1965, Gordon Moore, one of the co-founders of Intel, postulated that “the number of transistors on a chip will double every two years”. “Moore’s Law” continues to apply even today, not least of all thanks to EUV lithography.
Precision, excellence, performance – words that define the result of the work of these prizewinners and are reflected in the three outstanding components in the module’s wall display.
The expansive installation includes the “resonator”, part of the plasma light source that generates the EUV light at a wavelength of 13.5 nm required to produce the innovative chips in the EUV lithography machine.
Located above this fascinating development is a large EUV mirror with a special coating that makes it capable of reflecting extreme ultraviolet light. EUV lithography machines use mirrors instead of lenses to guide the EUV light with previously unattainable precision from the light source in such a way that the structures of a photomask which ultimately defines the chip’s structures is imaged on the wafer with extraordinary precision.
The third object falls back on the historic development of the technology: this is a “Micro Exposure Tool” dating from the year 2000, one of the first EUV projection optics for small exposure fields.
In the module itself, the complex process of EUV lithography is explained in detail based on different components, seen here also in smaller exhibits. With an interactive exhibit, visitors learn how important a mirror’s coating is for its function. Statements by the three prizewinners, located in the module’s media terminal, explain how long and complex the development process was and how their joint efforts were crowned with success.
Your visit to the Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum in Munich has been undergoing refurbishment for quite some time and will continue to be extensively modernized over the next few years. Consequently, individual exhibitions may temporarily not be accessible. The Deutscher Zukunftspreis exhibition has moved from its original location to the gallery of the Centre for New Technologies and is now open in an altered and updated form.
Information about which Deutsches Museum exhibitions are currently closed and changes in access due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ticket sales can be found at:
Address and Directions
80538 Munich / Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 21 791
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All rapid transit lines (S-Bahn: Isartor), underground lines U1 and U2 (Fraunhoferstrasse stop), Bus 131 (Boschbrücke stop), tram no. 17 (to Isartor), tram no. 18 (to Deutsches Museum).
There is some parking in parking structures nearby. As a rule, however, we do not recommend coming by car.
Opening Hours and Admission Charges
The Deutsches Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets are sold until 4pm. Admission until 16.30.
The last entrance to the mine and Kinderreich is at 16.45.
The German Museum is closed eight days a year.
01.01.2020 New Year
25.02.2020 Shrove Tuesday
11.03.2020 closed until 12:30 pm for staff meeting
10.04.2020 Good Friday
01.05.2020 May Day
01.11.2020 All Saints' Day
11.11.2020 closed until 12:30 pm for staff meeting
24.12.2020 Christmas Eve
31.12.2020 New Year's Eve
Adults 12,00 €
Admission for children up to 5 years and members is free.
Family ticket 25.00
Up to 2 adults with family members up to 17 years old.
Combi ticket 19,00 €
German Museum + Traffic Center + Flugwerft Schleißheim
valid until redemption for an indefinite period.
The German Museum is currently being extensively renovated. Therefore, several exhibitions are closed and the entrances change again and again during the construction process. Please check up to date when planning a visit to the museum.
If you wish to visit the exhibition on the Deutscher Zukunftspreis at the Deutsches Museum with a small or larger group, please notify the museum in advance by contacting:
Dr. Sabine Gerber, Curator
Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 21 79 565
Tours Ms. Beate Schuster
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 21 79 273
Büro Deutscher Zukunftspreis
Dr. Christiane A. Pudenz
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 / 30 70 34 44
Fax: +49 (0) 89 / 39 29 87 31
Mobil: +49 (0) 172 / 85 20 982