The last Friday of September has been designated European 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 European Researchers’ Night in Sweden – ForskarFredag – 2016 and 2017. European Researchers’ Night 2016 will be held on 30 September and involve 31 cities across Sweden, reaching approx. 20,000 visitors.

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

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.

The people behind the research is this year’s theme, where visitors can learn more about some of the most successful scientists in the world, their motivations and journey. Members of the public are also invited to vote for their favourite Nobel prize winning discovery that they believe has done the most for humanity.

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 and Researchers, The Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Swedish Research Council, Vinnova – Sweden’s Innovation Agency and the ÅForsk Foundation.

The project has been funded by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions.

A taster of activities in participating cities in Sweden:



On European Researchers’ Night the Science Centre Kreativum welcomes the whole family to an exciting day with science shows, experiments and the Researchers’ Grand Prix!


The University of Borås opens its doors to local schools to see the latest innovations in Smart Textiles. You can also borrow a researcher to come and talk to you at your school. Everyone is also welcome to watch the Researchers’ Grand Prix.


Dalarna’s science centre in Borlänge, the Museum of the Future invites both schools and the public to discover more about research. Enjoy experiments, physics shows and hands-on activities as well as opportunity to informally chat to researchers in the early evening.


Meet our researchers and ask questions over a cup of coffee at a number of science cafés around Eskilstuna. In Västerås you can try hands-on research yourself with activities on topics such as energy, health and robotics or cheer for your favourite researcher in the Researchers’ Grand Prix. Organised by Mälardalen University Sweden.


Join researchers from Gothenburg University at the Maritime Museum to find out new things about everything from fish and reptiles to DNA and bacteria. Free juice and buns too!


Gävle University does lots of research into the elderly and ways to support the ageing population. Come and listen to our researchers explain about their work, watch demonstrations and see bionic legs in action!

Halmstad (Halland)

Halmstad University is organising European Researchers’ Night at Halmstad city library. The square outside will be packed full of exciting hand-on activities for all ages and you can let your children have fun on our Science Safari experiment bus. Also, come inside and listen to researchers compete in the Science Slam.


This year’s activities are happening all over the city with a vast programme for all ages, including demonstrations, science fairs, Science Cafés and Science After Works. Why not bring your family to the After School event at Upptech science centre where you can try experiments and a special activity walk. The county museum is also hosting a programme of events. Organised by Jönköping University, Jönköping County and the municipalities in the region.


Karlstad University invites schools to a range of exciting activities, workshops and exhibitions. Researchers will also be found in the city centre’s shopping centre, so if you are passing by, why not stop and try our hands-on fun activities and hear about their exciting work.


Linnaeus university invites the public to the seminar ”Behaviours under the surface – to study fishes to understand biological riddles” with Researchers Grand Prix-competitor 2013, Andreas Svensson.


At European Researchers’ Night more than 400 pupils of different ages will meet researchers to hear all about what it means to be a researcher and the work that they do. This year’s theme is Recycling and Waste. The public is also welcome to informally meet researchers and hear about the latest research at evening events being held at the City Library. Organised by Vänermuseet.


Welcome to European Researchers’ Night in Linköping and Norrköping! Meet researchers from Linköping University, who will explain what they do and why over a cup of coffee at events being held in venues around both towns.


Vattenhallen Science Centre in Lund invites pupils to participate in experiments together with researchers from Lund University and to be the jury in Vattenhallen’s Science Slam. In a fun and educational game of scientific discovery, pupils become researchers themselves as they undertake a class expedition to investigate a fictional planet.


Welcome to European Researchers’ Grand Prix in Malmö! Our researchers are prepared and ready: Will they be able to present their research, make it comprehensive and fun and get your attention – in just four minutes? Organised by Malmö University.


Join researchers for a whole day of activities at Strömbacka upper secondary school, Kaleido science center, the newly opened Coast Hotel and Pieå Art Hall. The activities include short talks, maker space workshops, science cafés and science bar. See 3D printing in action, how biodiesel is made of pine trees and learn all about snow research! Organised by Innovation Pite together with Piteå municipality, Piteå Science Park and the three RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.


Welcome to an exciting programme of hands-on activities, lectures, film screenings and maker space workshops with our researchers at Campus Skellefteå. Workshops for schools are also being held at Nordanå and you are also invited to an evening science café.


At the University of Skövde’s Science Fair, researchers will let you experience their own discoveries in a new, comprehensive and engaging way with lots of activities for all ages.

Stenstorp / Falköping

Join us at Dalénium Science Centre in Stenstorp, where there will be lots of fun activities and science experiments for everyone. Researchers will also be giving presentations to pupils at Ålleberg Upper Secondary School in Falköping.


Welcome to European Researchers’ Night i Stenungsund! Molekylverkstan Science Centre is offering an exciting day at Nösnäs upper secondary school with debates and meetings with researchers. The afternoon is packed with activities for the whole family at Molekylverkstan: Chemistry show, cinema, experiment, a walking quiz and much more. Researchers will also be visiting local schools to discuss the latest developments in science and technology.


Welcome to European Researchers’ Night in Stockholm! As usual you will find us at Debaser Medis in Medborgarplatsen in central Stockholm with over 200 participating researchers. Enjoy science shows, experiments, workshops, exhibitions and competitions. Activities will also be held at the SciLifeLab, AlbaNova and the Science Centre Vetenskapens Hus, House of Science. Organised by Vetenskapens Hus.


Demonstrations, presentations and even researcher speed dating is on offer for pupils at Tom Tits Experiment. They will get to meet researchers working at some of the most innovative companies in the area and find out about how research is a key part of business and entrepreneurship – not just at universities.


University West invites everyone who is curious about science to meet their researchers over a cup of coffee at a number of venues around the town. School pupils will also get to see high-tech robots in action with special guided tours of the Production Technology Centre or can borrow a researcher to visit their school.


Schools are invited to borrow a researcher to visit their school. In the evening, Umevatoriet science centre offers an exciting programme for all the family, including lots of experiments and their popular physics and chemistry shows.


Come along and help decide which researcher is best at presenting their research in just four minutes at the Researchers’ Grand Prix.


With 80 million insects, Station Linné holds the biggest collection of insects in the world. We are opening up the doors of our laboratory, where our researchers work, and invite people of all ages to discover more about the fascinating world of these minibeasts.


Komtek in Örnsköldsvik is organising exciting experiments and activities for all ages. So if you are curious about science and what researchers do, come along to find out more. Organised by the municipality of Örnsköldsvik.


Further information:

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

European 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 centres and cafés. There are also opportunities to discover research facilities that are not usually open to the public, such as laboratories, research centres and 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 2015 European Researchers’ Night here.

Read more about European Researchers’ Night in Sweden.

Read more about European Researchers’ Night in the EU.

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