10. May 2016 European Science Night in the Kiel Region


Experiments with active participation, laboratory tours, workshops, exhibitions artistic activities and lively lectures about current research, in short: hands-on science. This is what visitors can expect during the first Science Night in Kiel on September 30, 2016.

One year later, on September 29, 2017, the scientists will then present their research throughout the region. Starting at 3 pm until late in the night the main point will be having fun while learning and doing research.


Oxford, Paris, Madrid, Kiel region: The Science Night in the Kiel region will be part of the “European Researchers’ Night” which has been organized since 2005 and during which visitors are invited by researchers to experiment and to do research. In 2016 and 2017, 260 cities across Europe will take part in the European Science Night. A great pleasure for the Kiel region and its partners: Together they submitted the best proposal of the 113 proposals from across Europe.

“The decision of the EU commission to fund the Science Night in the Kiel region is a huge success and an important sign of appreciation for the cooperation of the districts Plön and Rendsburg-Eckernförde and the state capital Kiel,” says the chairman of the supervisory board, Kiel’s mayor Dr. Ulf Kämpfer. Furthermore, he said that he was particularly proud that the application of the Kiel region received the highest grades in all areas – of 15 possible points the Kiel region scored 14.5 points. He also stated that the project would contribute to the enhancement of the profile of the region as a good location to do science and research and to make it more visible outside the region. “We also want to show young people what diverse scientific careers are possible in the Kiel region,” said Kämpfer.

The European Science Night in the Kiel region should help the people, business and science in the region to get to know each other better and to appreciate each other. For this reason, the Science Night is open to children of kindergarten age and up, for school and university students and all who are interested in science. Visitors will be able meet scientists from their region, to get an insight into their life and work and to learn more about the importance of science for our living environment. Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein, Torsten Albig, has taken on the patronage for the Science Night in the Kiel region.

Entrance is free and a shuttle bus between the event locations will also be provided free of charge. The Science Night is funded by a grant of 163,000 Euros from the European Commission for two years as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions within the Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2020. In order to implement the program as planned, sponsors are still being sought.

For inquiries, please contact:
Jana Haverbier, j.haverbier@kielregion.de or
Tel.: 0431 - 53 03 55 12.

The Science Night 2016 at a glance

Examples of program contents:

Experiments with active participation for children & adults

  • Genetic material from tomatoes, identification of skulls, Why does perfume exist? (MPI)
  • Energy:lab – What moves the world (IPN/KFW)
  • Experience Marine Science “live“  (Geomar, KFW, FO)
  • Little Scientists’ House introductory workshops (IHK)

Panel discussions
Women in Science (panel discussions with TV presenter and journalist Dennis Wilms and scientists from different disciplines and scientific institutions)

How can an artistic graphic be developed? (MKH)


  • The skin, my sacred little house (eight accessible miniature houses which make it possible to experience the functionality and the structure of the skin in a multi-sensory and interactive manner, Kiel University)
  • Future Ocean Dialogue (exhibition on marine science; FO)


  • EconBiz quiz (humans versus machines: Who knows the answers? - ZBW)
  • Transparency on the plate (quiz on the topics nutrition & food - MRI)
  • World.Economics.Understanding (Speakers Corner for visitors who can present economic and political topics and discuss with researchers from the IFW - IFW)


  • 3D-audio – Sound of a new generation (FH)
  • Translating the Blue – Ocean Art (film presentation, MKH)

Locations 2016:

  • Kiel University, Leibnizstraße
  • Kiel University, Technical Faculty, Kaiserstraße
  • CITTI-Park Kiel
  • Die Pumpe
  • University of Applied Sciences Kiel
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
  • Kiel Institute for the World Economy & German National Library of Economics
  • Max Rubner-Institut
  • Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design
  • Science boat MS Schwentine
  • Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel, Fraunhoferstraße


  • Kiel University (CAU)
  • German National Library of Economics(ZBW)
  • Cluster of Excellence “Inflammation at Interfaces“ (I@I)
  • Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean“ (FO)
  • University of Applied Sciences Kiel (FH)
  • GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)
  • Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Schleswig-Holstein (IHK)
  • Institute for the World Economy (IFW)
  • Kiel ‘Forschungswerkstatt‘, a set of laboratories at Kiel University open to school classes (KFW)
  • Kiel Evolution Center (KEC)
  • Kiel Region GmbH
  • State capital Kiel (LHK)
  • Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)
  • Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (MPI)
  • Max Rubner-Institut (MRI)
  • Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design (MKH)
  • Schleswig-Holsteinische Universitäts-Gesellschaft (SHUG)
  • University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)
  • Wissenschaftszentrum Kiel (WIZ)

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Marine animals under the microscope. In the ocean: lab of the Kiel ‘Forschungswerkstatt’, visitors of the Science Night learn more about the ocean on our doorstep.
Photo: Anna Thielisch / Future Ocean