Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften (Long Night of Science)


More than 1,000 science and technology events at 130 locations make up the 7th Long Night of Science in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region on October 24, 2015. There is almost no limit to what interested members of the public can discover when the German region’s laboratories, archives, private industry and lecture halls open their doors from 6pm to 1am.

Founded in 2003, the Long Night of Science is held every two years to highlight the scientific contributions of Franconia’s six institutes of higher learning as well as other public and private organisations dedicated to science. The popular event, which attracted 30,000 visitors in 2013, offers scientists the opportunity to boost their public profile and society’s engagement with their field of research through exciting exhibitions, guided tours, presentations and lively discussions.

More than 300 partners ranging from schools and universities to scientific companies such as Areva, Deutsche Bahn, Intel Comneon, MAN, Siemens or Schaeffler as well as public and private research institutes including Fraunhofer or the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Light are part of a comprehensive programme covering a wide spectrum of scientific fields. A special bus shuttle service connects the numerous event sites while a free app provides an easy overview of what’s on show. The successful event is supported among others by Bavaria’s Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts as well as the newspaper Nürnberger Nachrichten.

The “Long Night” is a really lively playground for friends of practical science. Not only will they be given insight into numerous fields of research and their groundbreaking technical facilities, but the biannual event holds the promise of finding answers to many of the questions we ask ourselves about science and technology today.

More information is available in German at the event website

Kids experimenting

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