Over 15 000 people visited the European Researchers´ Night in Finland!


European Researchers´ Night gathered a great audience in all thirteen localities it took place in Finland. Altogether over 15 000 people visited Night´s workshops, performances, lectures and clubs. The theme of the event was Change. Next European Researchers´ Night will take place on the 29th of September 2017.

Popular events were workshops for schools and entertaining evening events such as Science Battle in Turku. Jyväskylä and Kuopio attracted more visitors than ever in their previous science events. The Finnish Union of University Researchers and Teachers chose Doctor of Philosophy Olga Davydova-Minguet to be the Academic of the Year in the European Researchers´ Night in Joensuu.

”I am very proud of the researchers who presented their work all over Finland. It was great, but I felt even more delighted to see how many genuinely interested people there were to listen to the researchers and ask good questions!”, event coordinator, Academy Research Fellow Janne Pakarinen from University of Jyväskylä tells.

This year European Researchers’ Night activities in Finland were organized in Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Sodankylä, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa. Over ten Finnish universities participated, together with Science Center Heureka, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, Technical Research Center of Finland VTT and European Forest Institute.

Next year the Finnish European Researchers´ Night celebrates the independence of Finland

Next European Researchers´ Night is organized in the 29th of September 2017 and it will celebrate the centennial of Finnish independence. The main organizers are the same as this year and the event is going to take place at least in thirteen localities in all over Finland.

”Next year we will have at least 100 reasons to celebrate. We are going to combine the Change theme and centennial of Finland by showing how research has changed our country on these past 100 years.”, Pakarinen says.

This European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions with contract number 722854.

Further information:

Event coordinator:                                                          
Janne Pakarinen
University of Jyväskylä,
Academy Research Fellow                           
janne.pakarinen(at)jyu.fi / 040 8054900

Mandi Vermilä                                                                         
Federation of Finnish Learned Societies,
Event- and communications coordinator                              
mandi.vermila(at)tsv.fi / (09) 228 69 221           


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