Summary

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Date

Friday, 25th of September 2015, starting 15:00 until late at night

 

Place

Braunschweig Schloss and Schlossplatz

  • Schlossmuseum, Stadtbibliothek (library), Roter Saal, Blauer Saal (partners: city of Braunschweig, department of culture)
  • Schloss Arkaden: activity space in the entrance area, stage with screen (partners: Schloss Arkaden)
  • Schlossplatz: tents of various sizes

 

Aims

  • Incite interest for research and science
  • Create an exchange between research and citizens
  • Advertise the Braunschweig region as research location

 

Target group

  • The broad public (regional and nationwide)
  • Focus on young people: junior staff

 

Programme

Mixed programme with about 40 different items on the agenda (interactive exhibits, » innovation tent«, Jugend forscht (youth science competition) talks, Science Slam, European Corner, film screenings, exhibits, music, etc.)

  • Opening and awarding the winner of the art competition, announced at Braunschweig grammar schools as part of the ERN
  • Highlight-event: science-quiz StreberSchlacht (battle of the geeks), participants are Lord Mayors of this region (Mr. Markurth/BS, Mr. Mohrs/WOB, Mr. Klingebiel/SZ)

 

Partner

Universities, research facilities and research-based companies of the region, city of Braunschweig

 

Support

Support from the European Unionʼs Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 633320); additional local support and sponsorship

 

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Information on European Researchers’ Night Braunschweig 2015

The European Researchersʼ Night takes place annually on the last Friday of September and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. On this day, over 300 cities in 24 different European and some adjoining countries will invite scientists and visitors to experience the fascinating world of science first hand. Braunschweig is taking part for the second year in a row and just like last year is the only German city hosting the event.
Scientists from various disciplines will present their research work to citizens in an entertaining yet informative way. Thus, the role of research in the region will be demonstrated. Visitors, especially the young audience, will be encouraged to pursue a career in science. The aim of this event is to create a place for exchange between scientists as well as with the public.

 

»The important thing is not to stop questioning« Albert Einstein

 

Asking questions and finding answers: On Friday, 25th of September, the Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig, in cooperation with partners from science, economy and culture, invites people to participate. The European Researchers’ Night is an event for everyone who is curious.

The target audience are both: scientists and the general public. From afternoon until well into the night, people who want to learn more about science will be able to network, quench their thirst for knowledge and discover new things together. Visitors will get the opportunity to learn more about the meaning of science, witness scientific work up close and go deeper into the matter through a series of experiments, activities, lectures and film screenings.

The project of the European Researchersʼ Night encompasses not only the realisation of the event but also an extensive communication campaign as well as an evaluation of the event. This evaluation partly determines childrens’ and young peoples’ image of science and scientists in particular but also looks back on the Researchersʼ Night itself. Project management is carried out by the Haus der Wissenschaft, whereas the evaluation is done by the chair of occupational psychology and organisational psychology of the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Braunschweig University of Technology).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 633320 as part of Marie-Skłodowska-Curie-action. The focal point of this EU-programme is the promotion of careers in research within Europe: http://ec.europa.eu/research/researchersnight/events_en.htm

 

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Programme

Scientists from different disciplines – the competition »Jugend forscht« (a German youth science competition), doctoral candidates and professors – will present themselves and their work through interactive projects, lectures, experiments and discussions. The activities are set up in various places such as tents on the Schlossplatz, on escalators inside the » Schloss Arkaden« or between bookshelves of the city library. The presenters are representatives of local universities, research facilities and research-based companies.

As a special highlight on the agenda, Streberschlacht (battle of the geeks) – the popular quiz-format of the Haus der Wissenschaft – takes place. Two teams, composed of three regional representatives of the fields economy, science and culture, will compete against each other. But also you as the audience are asked to play along as third team and test your knowledge! The mayors of the independent towns Braunschweig, Wolfsburg and Salzgitter, Ulrich Markurth, Klaus Mohrs and Frank Klingebiel, have confirmed their participation in the science quiz. They will demonstrate the region's meaning as one of the most research-intensive regions of Europe!

The tasks and challenges for the teams of the science quiz vary in form of entertaining questions as well as trying to predict the outcome of experimental setups presented by the region's scientists live on stage. Thus, the participating researchers are in the focus of the event to entertain and surprise you with their research achievements.

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Communication campaign and accompanying programme

Starting with the press conference on the 12th of June, the communication campaign will draw attention to the Researchers’ Night as well as to related topics by using different media until the 25th of September. Besides the website and social media activities, postcards and stickers are being distributed throughout the city. Later this summer there will also be a regional and nationwide poster advertising-campaign accompanied by an advertising film in local cinemas.

Just like last year, in 2015 there is a school project carried out as part of the European Researchers’ Night. This year, it is an art competition for grades 10 to 12, which was announced in the region. Based on the motto “The important thing is not to stop questioning”, there were almost 50 works submitted until July 17th. They either feature research itself or apply art as a method of research. The impressive diversity comprises paintings, photography, short films and three-dimensional objects.

Out of all submissions, the best eleven were selected by a panel of four experts. Two of those works were chosen for the jury award. Now it’s your turn to select your favourite for the audience award! Voting is possible until September 13th. The winners of both prizes will be announced and awarded during the opening ceremony of the European Researchers’ Night Braunschweig 2015. The winning works will be showcased in the “Blauer Saal” together with the other selected submissions. The winning motives will also be available as postcards.

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Moreover, in September, there will be the series of science-related films »film+« in cooperation with the Braunschweig Cinema »C1«. Respective films will be attended and discussed by scientists, who will be invited depending on the topic.

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Research landscape

If you want to get in touch with science and people working in the field, Braunschweig is the place to be. Here, the number of people who have resumed a career in research is especially high and according to Eurostat 2014 above the European average. About 37,000 students are enrolled in the Technische Universität Braunschweig, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, the four sites of the Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften as well as the Technische Universität Clausthal. Over 15,000 people conduct research at universities, at numerous research facilities and in the business sector in order to secure the region’s future potential. Regarding the proportion of employees and compared to the rest of the country, this puts Braunschweig in first place nationwide.