Over 32,000 visitors attended the 7th Night of Sciences Saturday when more than 50 universities, research institutions and technology companies across Hamburg opened their doors. Fans had travelled from all over the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and northern Germany to check out over 1,000 events as well as spectacular experiments, exciting lectures, science shows and guided tours of places normally not open to the public.
New visitor record
A delighted Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, said: “Even more people went on discovery tours of science and experimented, listened or took part. That shows again the enthusiasm and interest among Hamburg’s citizens in scientific institutions. The extensive program also showed impressively how important and diverse the scientific landscape is in Hamburg. Scientists work daily to find answers to issues about our lives in future. We can be very proud of that.”
Live experiments and hands-on activities
This year, emphasis was on: “People and Society”, “Commerce and Communication”, “Medicine and Health”, “Nature and Technology” as well as “Art and Culture”. These five focal points included topics such as hate crime, live hacking, time travel through fashion photography, film and psychoanalysis, business psychology and sign language. DESY also opened its doors to give visitors a glimpse of science through virtual reality headsets. Fans also had an opportunity to watch experiments on ultra-light particles or about the use of X-ray lasers.