On 28 September, the University of Jyväskylä spends the European Researchers’ Night, a Europe-wide celebration of science and scientists. The event offers researchers an opportunity to present their research to the public in their own words. In turn, visitors can get familiar with the latest achievements of science during the day.

Last year 12,000 people attended the event in Jyväskylä, which was the most in Finland. This year the event is being held at 11 locations in Finland.

The theme 2018 is traces: the marks science makes on society and that humans leave on the earth. The event also includes a celebration of the European theme year of cultural heritage and a remembrance of the Finnish Civil War in 1918.

The coordinator of the Finnish event, Senior Researcher Janne Pakarinen from JYU, sees the event as an important one for researchers.

”Research results are often published for a small group in specific media and presented at conferences where the audience is from the same field. Researchers’ Night offers scientists an exceptional forum to present their research,” Pakarinen says.

At Researcher’s Night, scientists meet the public face to face, often in a researcher’s own environment.

”Such immediate contact lowers the threshold for the audience to present interesting questions, which motivates researchers to present their results, targets and findings,” says Pakarinen.

He mentions that Researchers’ Night will present scientists and research from many different fields again this year.

”We are expecting a colourful, multifaceted event that has plenty to offer regardless of your age or educational background.”

European Researchers’ Night at JYU on 28 September 2018. See the programme and schedule at: https://www.jyu.fi/en/academic-events/researchers-night