The last Friday in September has been designated European Researchers’ Night by the European Commission. Throughout Europe activities are organised to show how exciting research can be and that researchers are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs. The target group is the general public, especially young people. Activities include experiments, interactive activities, exhibitions, dialogue with researchers, science cafés, science shows, workshops and competitions.

European Researchers’ Night in the citycenter of Uppsala 2011. Photo: VA, Klas-Herman Lundgren.

Background

European Researchers’ Night was organised for the first time in 2005 around Europe and in a number of locations in Sweden: Science Extravaganza in Stockholm.

In 2006, it was organised under the name ForskarFredag (ResearcherFriday) and was coordinated by VA. Since then, Researchers’ Night has been arranged annually and coordinated by VA in partnership with the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova.

Local events are arranged by universities or science centres. Researchers’ Night has grown from 9 cities in 2006 to 30 cities in 2019.

As part of European Researchers’ Night, VA organises the Researchers’ Grand Prix and runs mass experiments with schools across Sweden.

For more information about European Researchers’ Night in Sweden visit the ForskarFredag / European Researchers’ Night website

You can read more about European Researchers’ Night in the articles below:


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Talks about animal experiments and non-animal methods

Test on fruits and plants! Use new technology and artificial intelligence! Which animals are most common in testing and do we test make-up on animals? The questions and reflections were many when we met high school students at Researcher’s Night – ForskarFredag in Swedish.

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Digital ForskarFredag – a showcase of Swedish research to inspire both young and old

A mind-blowing science show from Umeå, exciting geological adventures with Minecraft from Uppsala, a rare chance to peek into an Olympic test centre for winter sports from Östersund, were just a few of hundreds of creative digital activities held during 23 – 29 of November all over Sweden as part of ForskarFredag, the Swedish branch of European Researchers’ Night.

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Let curiosity light up your November – ForskarFredag is back in a new format

The days are getting darker, temperatures are dropping and it’s raining almost every day. The majority of us think that November is the gloomiest month of the year here in Sweden…additionally COVID-19 continues to restrict our freedoms this year. There’s simply nothing exciting to look forward to this month other than Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales… But don’t despair, there is hope for reprieve from our boredom!

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Swedish pupils to participate in research to reduce food waste

Press release 4 June 2020

Can more information result in less food being wasted? Researchers will be investigating this together with pupils and teachers across the whole of Sweden in the ’Food Waste Experiment’. To assist them, they will be using an artificial intelligence app and the world’s largest food sustainability database.

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Star-Spotting Experiment shortlisted for international science engagement prize

The Star-Spotting Experiment, VA’s 2019 citizen science project to investigate light pollution, was shortlisted for the 2019 Falling Walls Science Engagement of the Year competition. Project manager, Lena Söderström was invited to Berlin in November to present the project in the final of the competition at the Falling Walls Conference. Here we talk to her about the experience.

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Mass star-spotting experiment to investigate light pollution in Sweden

Street lamps, illuminated signs and buildings – lights at night improve safety and make cities more attractive, but have also been shown to have negative effects for humans and animals. The more light there is, the fewer stars you can see in the night sky. In this year’s mass experiment, more than 11,000 pupils, families and other members of the public will help scientists measure light pollution by counting stars in the sky.

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