University of Jyväskylä

Record-breaking audience: Researcher’s Night in Jyväskylä gathered over 12,000 visitors!

The European Researchers’ Night in Finland was celebrated on the last Friday of September, 29.09.2017 in 14 cities. At the event the visitors encountered science in various ways. People of all ages got to experience the work of the researchers in workshops and discuss research topics with excited scientists. There were hundreds of researchers participating all over Finland.

The largest amount of visitors The European Researcher’s Night gathered in Jyväskylä, where various activities organized by the University of Jyväskylä reached as much as 12,000 participants. Last year there were approximately 5,000 visitors. Open hours at the Accelerator Laboratory, virtual reality, brain research and the evolution of Pokémons, among other things, interested the audience.

- Cooperation with City of Light was an important factor contributing to the spectacular attendance. The amazing lighting installations at Ylistö bridge and Ylistönrinne worked as an additional lure to visit the campus, Event Coordinator, Academy Research Fellow Janne Pakarinen says.

In all of Finland the event reached over 24,000 visitors.

The European Researchers’ Night is a European-wide science event organized since 2005 aiming to make science and the work of researchers known to the public. In Finland, the European Researchers’ Night was organized on this scale for the first time last year. Now it is the largest science event in Finland.

- This was the most successful event we’ve ever hosted. It was amazing to see kids of all ages having so much fun. Listening to the positive comments from our performers after their long shifts was very rewarding, Event Coordinator in Jyväskylä, Researcher Philippos Papadakis says.

This year the themes of the event were Change and Finland 100. Science was made familiar to the visitors through, for instance, workshops, meetings with researchers, science lectures, and laboratory visits.

- The objectives of the European Researchers’ Night were to give faces to scientists and emphasize the importance of fundamental research. Excited researchers were successful in this, transferring the spark of research to the visitors at the same time. I believe that a research career is seen now as a more attractive option for many visitors of the event, Pakarinen says. The event was unique in many ways. Our university doubtless received a lot of positive publicity, and for that we want to thank everyone involved.

The European Researchers’ Night was held in Espoo, Helsinki, Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Kajaani, Kuopio, Lahti, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Savonlinna, Sodankylä, Tampere, Turku and Vantaa. Over ten Finnish universities, Finnish Science Centre Heureka, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and Technology Research Centre of Finland VTT were in charge of the diverse program.

The European Researchers’ Night events are supported by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 –programme.

More information:

Event Coordinator
Janne Pakarinen
Academy Research Fellow, University of Jyväskylä
janne.pakarinen(at) / 040 8054900

Mandi Vermilä

Event- and Communications Coordinator, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
mandi.vermila(at) / (09) 228 69 221

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