European Researchers´ Night

What subject would you like to know more about? Outer space? Insects? The brain? Robots? Or are you interested in how inequality is visible in society or how natural resources are utilised? Would you like to know how illnesses are studied or what a laboratory looks like?

European Researchers’ Night is a science event that makes science and the work of scientists familiar to audiences all over Europe. It aims to answer people’s questions about science and research and to lead to new questions and answers. Over the course of the day and throughout the night, children, adolescents, adults, and older people can get to know more about science through workshops, meetings with researchers, lectures and laboratory visits. European Researchers’ Night opens doors to the places where scientists work, and also brings research to unusual places.   

The event takes place annually on the last Friday of September. The next European Researchers’ Night will be held in around 300 cities simultaneously across Europe on 29 September 2017. This year it is possible to participate in the event in fourteen locations in Finland. The programme in September includes Espoo, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Sodankylä, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa. The European Researchers´ Night in Finland is part of the the “Finland 100 years” centenary programme.

European Researchers’ Night is financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions, and any organisation may apply for funding to organise the events. In the 2016 application round, a group of universities and other organisations from across Finland applied for the funding together. This made it possible to arrange the event in Finland in September 2016 and 2017. The next application round is in 2018.

European Researchers’ Night in Finland is organised by the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Tampere, the University of Oulu, the University of Lapland, the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, the Åbo Akademi, the University of Eastern Finland, the Tampere University of Technologythe Hanken School of Economics, the Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti University Campus, the University of the Arts Helsinki, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and the Finnish Science Centre Heureka.

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