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 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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Children’s photographs reveal dangerous environments

Press release 18 March 2013

The places that children perceive to be the most risky are roads, buildings, the outdoors, their homes and playgrounds. These are the findings of an analysis of photographs taken by children from across the whole of Sweden.

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05/12/2012 – Marie Dacke is nominated best science communicator in Sweden

Press Release 05/12/2012

A researcher in sensory biology at Lund University has won the final of the first Researcher Grand Prix in Sweden – a national competition in which competitors present their research in a very short amount of time. Marie Dacke was selected as the winner by an expert panel of judges and the audience at an event held last night.

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Let’s meet a researcher!

It’s Friday night!  Let’s go down town and meet a researcher! That is what the European Commission is hoping tens of thousands of people all over Europe will be saying this week. Researchers’ Night 2011 takes place on Friday, 23rd September in 320 cities and 32 countries across Europe.

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Researchers’ Night 2010 the biggest yet

In 33 countries, 250 cities and 600 venues throughout Europe, Researchers’ Night takes place today. This is a huge increase compared to the first 33 night events arranged in 2005.

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