The last Friday of September has been designated Researchers’ Night by the European Commission. Across Sweden and all over Europe hundreds of activities are organised to show members of the public how exciting research can be and how relevant science actually is to our daily lives.

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A record number of cities have shown an interest in participating in ForskarFredag 2016 and 2017. Researchers’ Night 2016 will be held on 30 September and involve 30 cities across Sweden, reaching 20,000 visitors.

ForskarFredag is organised by universities, science centres, municipalities and regional development councils and is coordinated by the Swedish non-profit organisation Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science).

Cities organising ForskarFredag activities in 2016 are: Blekinge, Borås, Dalarna, Eskilstuna, Falköping, Gävle, Göteborg, Halland, Jönköping, Karlstad, Lidköping, Linköping, Lund, Malmö. Norrköping, Piteå, Skellefteå, Skövde, Stenstorp, Stenungsund, Stockholm, Södertälje, Trollhättan, Uppsala, Umeå, Värnamo, Västerås, Växjö, Öland och Örnsköldsvik.

These innovative and exciting activities allow for public engagement and meetings with researchers in relaxed and festive environments. The events are aimed at showing that researchers are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs and that research is all about communication and international cooperation.

ForskarFredag is funded by AFA Insurance, IKEM – Innovation and Chemical Industries in Sweden, the Swedish Steel Producers’ Association, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, LIF – the research-based pharmaceutical industry, the Swedish Association of Professional Scientists, the Oscar and Maria Ekman Philanthropic Fund, The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers, SULF – the Swedish Association of University Teachers, The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Swedish Research Council and Vinnova – Sweden’s Innovation Agency. It also receives funding from the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions.

Researchers’ Night in Sweden 2015.

Researchers’ Night in Sweden 2015 was held on Friday 25 September in 26 cities across the country and consisted of a wide range of fun, hands-on and interactive activities as well informal discussions on topical issues.

Further information:

For more information about ForskarFredag in Sweden contact Lena Söderström, Project Manager of Researchers’ Night, lena@v-a.se, tel +46 8 611 30 47.

Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide event that brings together the public at large and researchers on the last Friday of September each year. Many of the activities are designed to bring research out of the laboratory and into streets, parks, shopping centers and cafés. There are also opportunities to discover research facilities that are not usually open to the public, such as laboratories, research centers, museum collections. The public can try out the latest technologies and instruments under the guidance of scientists, participate in experiments, competitions and quizzes, watch demonstrations and simulations, exchange ideas and party with the researchers. For one night only, everyone can be a scientist.

Read more about some of the activities that took place during 2014 Researchers’ Night here.

Read more about Researchers’ Night in Sweden.

Read more about Researchers’ Night in the EU.


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