The program of the European Researchers´ Night in Finland is published!

19.5.2017

The European Researchers’ Night once again invites people of all ages to discover science and research on the last Friday of September (29.9.2017). The program of the event has been published on the website of the Researchers´ Night: www.tutkijoidenyo.fi/en/en-program. All events are free of charge!

How big is the biggest robot in Finland? What is the food of the future like? How did the people spend a Friday night in Joensuu one hundred years ago? And what is hidden in the X-files of the Jyväskylä University library? The European Researchers´ Night in Finland gives answers for example to these questions. The program offers research-based information from the evolution of Pokémon to Northern lights and stars. The event, which takes place in fourteen cities all over Finland, includes lectures, performances, guided tours, racing tracks, workshops and visits to the researchers’ workplaces. In particular, there are plenty of interesting activities directed for schoolchildren. Advance booking is recommended to school groups.

This year the European Researchers´ Night in Finland has two themes. First one is the Change, which was the theme of the event also in 2016. The second one is the centenary of Finland’s independence. In Savonlinna Finland is seen through asylum seekers´ eyes. How do children coming from Iraq see Savonlinna? Turku Cathedral offers an amazing venue to two major discussions about the change and life. School groups in Heureka get to think about the changes we need to do regarding the food waste.

Since 2005 the European Researchers’ Night has been organized in hundreds of cities in different parts of Europe on the last Friday of September. The events are aimed at the general public and they intend to make researchers, research and science’s impact on our daily lives known in a compelling way. Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme supports the events.

This year in Finland it is possible to participate in the event in Espoo, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Sodankylä, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa. Over ten Finnish universities, Science Center Heureka, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and Technical Research Center of Finland VTT are in charge of the great program.