Celebrating Science in Europe

Two children have an exhibit explained
© Julia Siekmann, Kiel University Seven knowledge locations, almost 50 attractions for all ages - during the Researchers' Night, Kiel University provides young and old with fascinating insights into the world of research.

Europe has an image problem: many people associate it with bureaucracy, over-regulation or lobbying. In fact, Europe also - and in particular - stands for peace, security and progress. "Therefore, in light of the growing nationalism in many countries and the forthcoming Brexit, we as scientists want to send a positive signal for Europe," said the Kiel University (CAU) Vice President responsible for knowledge transfer, Professor Ilka Parchmann, inviting curious members of the public to visit the CAU campus on Friday 28 September. At the European Researchers' Night, there will be more than 40 exciting hands-on experiments, lectures and other attractions on subjects such as mindfulness, magnetism, autonomous systems or Haithabu (Hedeby).

EU is an important source of funding

The diverse offer will enable encounters and discussions about science and the European Union (EU), Parchmann expects: "Europe provides a great deal of support for development and personal interaction. The Researchers' Night is an excellent example of how on one day, people in nearly 300 cities can encounter science and researchers in very different and very fun ways." CAU Vice President for research, Professor Karin Schwarz, also understands that the importance of Europe cannot be overestimated - particularly for research: "The Kiel concept 'Science4Future' impressively proves two things. Firstly: cooperation pays off. Secondly: the EU is one of our most important sources of funding." By 2020, the 'Horizon 2020' programme is making almost 80 billion Euros available for research and innovation: "47 EU projects are currently running at the CAU alone, with funding totalling approximately 27.5 million Euros," calculates the food technologist. Many of them are presenting themselves to the public during the Researchers' Night.

More locations and attractions than in previous years

With the Wissenschaftszentrum (Science Centre), the Kieler Forschungswerkstatt (Kiel Research Workshop), the Centre for Molecular Biosciences (ZMB, "Amoeba") and the Leibnizstraße site (Mensa II and University Library), in 2018 the campus on the Westufer (west bank) is again one of the focal points of the Researchers' Night in Kiel. The popular language crash courses on the "MS Schwentine" will once more shorten the ride to the Ostufer (east bank). Additional CAU venues are the Faculty of Engineering and for the first time, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel with the collection of classical antiquities.

Wissenschaftszentrum (Science Centre): From comedy in ancient Rome right through to the stars. Four winners of the Night of the Profs at the CAU from previous years will once again present their lectures.

Leibnizstraße site (Mensa II and University Library): Here, guests can take part in workshops held by the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein (student union). In addition, you can discover who prepares all the food for the students on campus. The EU projects at the CAU will also present themselves here. Early career researchers will inform us about their research and careers. A lecture on the UNESCO World Heritage sites Haithabu (Hedeby) and Danewerk (Danevirke) rounds off the programme.

Kieler Forschungswerkstatt: The research workshop opens its doors and provides school pupils and adults insight into MINT subjects, as well as into humanities and historical-political issues.

Centre for Molecular Biosciences (ZMB, "Amoeba"): The ZMB is one of the most modern genetic analysis centres in Europe. Here, one of the four priority research areas at the CAU, "Kiel Life Science" (KLS) presents itself to the public. It connects researchers from agricultural and nutritional sciences, natural sciences and medicine.

Faculty of Engineering: The Institute of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Materials Science will open their laboratories to the public. Visitors will be able to try out soldering, gluing and researching themselves. In addition, the priority research area "Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science, KiNSIS" will present itself here.

MS Schwentine: The ferries of the Schlepp- und Fährgesellschaft Kiel (SFK) have achieved cult status, and are as popular with Kiel locals as with visitors to the city. During the Researchers' Night, passengers can enjoy language crash courses on board. On the trip to your destination, you can get a brief insight into languages such as Czech or Frisian while on the water.

Kunsthalle zu Kiel and the Collection of Classical Antiquities: These two CAU institutions are participating in the Researchers' Night in Kiel for the first time. In keeping with the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, they will present exciting research from archaeology and art history. In addition, the Kiel priority research area "Societal, Environmental, Cultural Change, SECC" will present itself to the public.

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European Researchers‘ Night (ERN)
Since 2005, the European Researchers' Night has taken place simultaneously in over 300 cities in more than 25 countries. In Germany in 2018, the cities of Kiel, Hamburg and Heidelberg are taking part. On this night, approximately one million people are on the move in the whole of Europe. Scientists invite everyone with a hunger for knowledge to do research, conduct experiments and make discoveries, and offer the chance to observe them in action at work. The admission to all events is free, and the various event locations are connected by a free shuttle bus.