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Record crowd: 13,500 visits the European Researchers’ Night in Jyväskylä

The Researchers’ Night was held on Friday, 28 September, in 11 locations in Finland from Helsinki to Sodankylä.

 The event offered new experiences, practical research experiments and discussions with enthusiastic scientists. Again, the event featured hundreds of researchers all over Finland.

The largest number of visitors was at the University of Jyväskylä where various Researchers’ Night activities gathered more than 13,500 visitors. Last year the number was around 12,000. The audience was interested in, for example, the virtual worlds of Ruusupuisto, the Rihlaperä observatory and the accelerator laboratory of the Department of Physics. In Finland, the event gathered in total 27,000 visitors.

 “Cooperation with the City of Light was an important factor in the awesome number of visitors. Spectacular light artwork in Mattilanniemi and Ylistönrinne also attracted people to the campus,” says Senior Researcher Janne Pakarinen, the coordinator of the event in Finland.

This year’s theme was traces, the marks science makes on society and that humans leave on the earth. The event also celebrated the European theme year of cultural heritage and remembered the Finnish Civil War in 1918. The audience got familiar with research through workshops, science lectures and laboratory visits.

 “The variety and extent of programme in the Researchers’ Night was exceptional, and the event succeeded to intrigue both children and parents,” Pakarinen says.

European Researchers’ Night is a science event that makes research and the work of scientists familiar to audiences all over Europe. It has been organised since 2005. Last year in total 24,000 visitors participated in the event in 14 locations in Finland.

This year’s locations were Espoo, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kokkola, Kuopio, Oulu, Sodankylä, Tampere and Turku. The versatile programme was created by nine Finnish universities, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Institut Francais de Finlande.

Further information:

Coordinator of the event Janne Pakarinen University of Jyväskylä janne.pakarinen@jyu.fi / +358 40 805 4900

Communications Communications Manager Liisa Harjula University of Jyväskylä liisa.harjula@jyu.fi / +358 40 805 4403 www.tutkijoidenyo.fi

The European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, agreement number 817987.