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Hamburg to Host Sixth Night of Knowledge

Numerous universities, advanced technical colleges, research and other scientific institutions will be presenting hands-on science open to the public

More than 50 universities, research institutions, and other scientific institutions in Hamburg and its metropolitan region will be opening their doors on 7 November 2015 for the sixth Night of Knowledge, with local scientists hosting 1,018 events for interested visitors, including 110 child-friendly events. Participation at Night of Knowledge, including the use of the shuttle busses, is free. Katharina Fegebank, Deputy Mayor andHamburg Minister for Science, Research and Equality, will officially open the Night of Knowledge at 5 p.m. at Jungfernstieg.

Lectures, Hands-on Activities and Experiments

At the Night of Knowledge, the University of Hamburg will be offering free experiments, hands-on activities, lectures and workshops for adults and children until midnight. Science becomes also alive at the HAW Hamburg with hundreds of scientific projects, including exhibitions, stimulating talks and discussions, guided tours and captivating experiments. From the humanities through social sciences to the natural sciences or engineering all faculties will be represented. Priorities of the presentations are the topics of energy, robotics, mobility, environment, design and media.

Radiant Insights at DESY

The German Synchrotron DESY Electron will be hosting a DESY DAY on 7 November, which starts at noon. Lasting until midnight, the research centre and its partner institutions will be celebrating the day of open doors in the framework of the Hamburg “Night of Knowledge”. Young visitors will be able to compete with friends in “Beam Walken”, according to DESY the newest discipline in the Physics Olympics. The Challenge: to direct a laser beam through mirrors with two tiny, predetermined holes to trigger the siren. For the very young visitors, DESY will set up a Bobbycar course. Older visitors can experience computer simulations to try and explore X-induced processes to discover the workings of laser scalpels or join lectures and talks to learn more about the antimatter.

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