Ferienkurs Forschung has a long tradition at Universität Hamburg. Since 1998, three summer courses are being held annually, focusing on laser physics and photonics (during spring break), solid state physics (during summer break), and astronomy and astrophysics (during fall break). The summer courses are designed to allow students to conduct their own experiments in small groups. For this purpose, extensive task lists are available for independent scientific work. The program is rounded off by physics lectures or casual get-togethers with students, PhD students and professors.