Long Night of Science

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Event of the TU Berlin as part of the Long Night of Science 2006

A Long Night of the Sciences (abbreviated: LNdW ) is an established form of public relations work : In this way, the local scientific institutions present themselves at larger scientific locations in Germany with insights into their main research areas. There are similar events in Switzerland under the name “Night of Research” and in Austria as the Long Night of Research .


The event format of the Long Night is based on the successful " Long Night of Museums " in Berlin . It was transferred to the scientific institutions for the first time as part of the Science Summer 2000 in Bonn. The following year, Berlin followed with great response: 61,972 visits were counted.


Illuminated main building of the University of Hanover during the Night of Science 2016

In addition to Berlin, the format is also successfully and actively practiced at other scientific locations, including:

Berlin and Potsdam

The 9th “Long Night of Science” in Berlin and Potsdam on June 13, 2009 offered more than 2,000 program items from 67 participants (including approx. 353 facilities / institutes) in 160 buildings and event locations. 15 special bus routes were on the way. Approx. 238,750 visits were counted.


On June 15, 2018, the 16th Dresden Long Night of Science took place under the motto "From 6pm to 1pm everyone does science". 39,000 people attended the 730 individual events at 77 locations in Dresden. Participants included the Technical University of Dresden with two clusters of excellence CRTD and cfaed, the Dresden University of Technology and Economics , the Dresden University of Cooperative Education , three Max Planck Institutes, three Leibniz Institutes, the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems and many others Research-related companies such as T-Systems MMS , Robotron Database Software, Bosch Sensortec, Infineon Technologies Dresden, VON ARDENNE and Globalfoundries . The event is organized by the network "Dresden - City of Sciences" and jungvornweg (publishing house for youth communication ).

At the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics , the directors Wieland B. Huttner and Marino Zerial opened the Dresden Long Night of Sciences together with Mayor of the State Capital Dresden Dirk Hilbert. The University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus and the medical faculty of the Technical University of Dresden showed the new surgical emergency room, which was only opened in August 2018, and the most modern operating room in Europe.

Nuremberg, Fürth, Erlangen

Every two years, “The Long Night of Science” in the city triangle of Nuremberg , Fürth and Erlangen presents offers from the natural sciences and technology , medicine and health , as well as the humanities and social sciences . The event was founded in 2003 and recorded a total of over 30,000 visitors at the approximately 130 venues. The visitors can convince themselves of the efficiency of the six universities in the three central Franconian cities as well as gain insight into the research fields of large institutions. Around 350 partners, ranging from university institutions to science-related companies and public institutions to associations, schools and private organizations, offered a total of around 1,000 guided tours, lectures, exhibitions, discussions, tours, experiments and practical examples in 2019, with the program spanning a wide range from astronomy to zoology . In addition to the evening program, there has been a children's program since the Long Night of the Sciences in 2005 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The 10th Long Night of Science is planned for Saturday, October 23, 2021.

The participating event venues will be connected by a special bus network during the Long Night of Science.

Wikipedia was a guest at the Fürth Dialysis Museum in 2017 and at the Nuremberg Communication Museum in 2019 .


The “Long Night of Science” at the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences aims to convey scientific topics and information in an entertaining way, which is happening in freely accessible lectures, demonstrations and workshops. The first “Long Night of Science” took place on October 11, 2006. Events in 2007, 2009 and 2011 followed, each attracting between 2500 and 5000 visitors.


Since 2010, the University of Konstanz , the University of Konstanz Technology, Business and Design (HTWG), the Thurgau University of Education (PHTG), Mainau GmbH and the city of Konstanz have been holding the "Konstanz Long Night of Science" with lectures, discussions and Experiments. One of the highlights of the event is the closing party on the flower island of Mainau with live music and shows. In 2014 the "Long Night of Science" had around 7,000 visitors.

Rhine-Neckar (Mannheim and Ludwigshafen am Rhein)

For the first time, a knowledge night took place in the Rhine-Neckar region on November 10, 2018, which also included other knowledge in addition to universities: that of craftsmen or athletes, for example. → www.Wissensnacht-Rhein-Neckar.de A continuation was planned for November 2019, but had to be postponed to 2020.

The concept of a virtual knowledge night, which took place in March 2019, also emerged from the knowledge night.

Web links

Commons : Long Night of the Sciences  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. “Night of Research” attracts 7,000 people. Der Bund , September 24, 2011, accessed on January 2, 2015 .
  2. ^ Night of Science 2007 (Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen am Rhein) ( Memento from February 10, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  3. http://www.dnn.de/Dresden/Lokales/39-000-kamen-zur-Wwissenschaftsnacht-Dresden
  4. Organizer. In: www.wissenschaftsnacht-dresden.de. Retrieved July 11, 2016 .
  5. Uniklinikum shows Europe's most modern operating theater center for the first time . ( uniklinikum-dresden.de [accessed June 27, 2018]).
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