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.


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 2021.

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:

| Vetenskap & Allmänhet

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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| Helen Garrison

Showcasing science in action – European Researchers’ Night set to inspire and amaze in 28 Swedish cities

Two days of exploration and discovery await visitors in 28 cities across Sweden at this year’s European Researchers’ Night on 28 and 29 September. Part of Europe’s largest science festival, members of public and pupils are invited to find out more about the amazing research that is transforming our everyday lives – and meet the researchers behind it.

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Swedish citizen science initiative combines ladybird monitoring with AI

Biodiversity is under threat. Can an app that recognises different species of ladybirds help provide a solution? Pupils and members of the public from across Sweden are being invited to get involved in real research to find out in a mass experiment being run as part of the 2018 Researchers’ Night in Sweden. The Ladybird Experiment is a joint initiative between the Swedish Museum of Natural History and the civil society organisation VA (Public & Science).

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