About us: Die Nacht der Forschung Heidelberg I Mannheim 2018

Nacht der Forschung Heidelberg I Mannheim 2018 is supported by the European Commission, and EMBL is one of ten partner organisations to receive funding in 2018 and 2019. EMBL‘s European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) will be coordinating the consortium.

The main objective of European Researchers‘ Night is to make science relatable to the general public. Nacht der Forschung Heidelberg I Mannheim 2018 demonstrates the relevance of research and innovation for everyday life. The urge to explore is something all people share and scientific discovery isn’t limited to universities and science organisations; it has the ability to inspire everyone. Children and young people in particular are known for their curiosity and their urge to ask questions. Nacht der Forschung Heidelberg I Mannheim aims to provide answers and inspire the very youngest to consider a career in science and research.

Further information on the participating institutes in Heidelberg and Mannheim can be found here.

As part of European Researchers’ Night, similar events are taking place in more than 340 cities across Europe.

Project coordinator and project partner

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is Europe’s leading laboratory for the life sciences. We are an intergovernmental organisation established in 1974 and are supported by over 20 member states.

EMBL performs fundamental research in molecular biology, studying the story of life. We offer services to the scientific community; train the next generation of scientists and strive to integrate the life sciences across Europe.

We are international, innovative and interdisciplinary. We are more than 1700 people, from over 80 countries, operating across six sites in Barcelona (Spain), Grenoble (France), Hamburg (Germany), Heidelberg (Germany), Hinxton (UK) and Rome (Italy). Our scientists work in independent groups and conduct research and offer services in all areas of molecular biology.

Our research drives the development of new technology and methods in the life sciences. We work to transfer this knowledge for the benefit of society.

The German-American Institute

The German-American Institute (DAI) is a prominent cultural institution, located in the City Center of Heidelberg. The DAI functions as a main organizer of varied activities, including lectures, events and courses at the interface of culture, education and science, as well as the annual International Science Festival – Geist Heidelberg. All age groups are addressed with special programs run by highly qualified experts, from hands-on science workshops to creative writing workshops, language courses and makerspace activities for school classes or individuals.

Our motivation for participating in the European Researchers’ Night and main goal in general is to offer a forum for knowledge dissemination, discussions and critical reflexion of all relevant science and society questions, thereby relying on our broad experience, overview and a huge network of prominent contacts.

German Cancer Research Center

The German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg is Germany’s largest biomedical research center with a worldwide reputation of excellence in basic and translational cancer research. Nearly 1400 scientists at the DKFZ are working towards a better understanding of fundamental biological processes in cancer and they are actively contributing to develop innovative methods of cancer prevention, diagnostics, and therapy.

DKFZ researchers are keen on sharing their passion for science with the visitors of the European Researchers’ Night and are looking forward to welcoming them at the Center.

Dezernat 16
© Sabine Arndt

The Dezernat 16 is the creative business centre in Heidelberg. The centre offers entrepreneurs, artists and companies an inspiring surrounding for the development of creative services and products.

For creative entrepreneurs the artistic dispute with first-rate science is an exciting task. It affords the opportunity to shed new light on exceptional topics and to communicate them.

The presentation and transformation of scientific cognition in different media in this process is as important as the close personal contacts and the specific curiosity about exceptional challenges.

ExploHeidelberg Teaching Lab
© ExploHeidelberg

ExploHeidelberg is an organisation run by the City of Heidelberg and has the aim to create more interest for the natural sciences in the public and particularly in young people.

The Teaching Lab of ExploHeidelberg is covering the field of biology, specifically molecular biology, microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases. It offers the opportunity to school classes and particularly interested students to perform practical experiments related to the school curriculum in an authentic surrounding of a well-equipped laboratory.

Practicals address subjects relevant to young people such as HIV infections, genetically modified food, genetical fingerprinting, diagnosis of infectious or hereditary diseases etc.

Being part in activities of the Researchers’ Night gives us the opportunity to address some generally interesting questions in molecular biology for young people, but also for the interested public.

House of Astronomy/Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy
© Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie

The Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) is an extra-university research institution under the auspices of the Max Planck Society in Heidelberg. The institute primarily conducts basic research in the field of astronomy. Main topics are the formation of stars and planets, the evolution of the Milky Way and cosmology. Besides astronomical observations and astronomical research, the institute is also actively involved in the development of observation instruments. The devices or parts thereof are manufactured in their own workshops.

The Haus der Astronomie (HdA) is a centre for public outreach and didactics of astronomy on the campus of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg. The HdA is the result of a partnership between private and public institutions, operated by the Max Planck Society. The aim of the HdA is to bring the fascination of astronomy to the general public and schools, and to promote interdisciplinary, scientific exchange.

The joint contribution of MPIA and HdA during the Researchers’ Night offers the opportunity to bring research and the public together and to promote exchange. Furthermore, we want to inspire the public for outer space.

Heidelberg University of Education
© rgeo

Heidelberg University of Education is a university specialising in teaching and research in the field of educational sciences, didactics and special needs education as well as in the transfer of her expertise.

All study programs are characterised by practical orientation and research-based teaching. The educational science, didactics and special needs research projects are settled on the interface of basic research and educational innovations. The HUE assumes social responsibility and makes her expertise available to (extra-)curricular education institutions as well as for example companies and the public. HUEs’ profile is supplemented by professional advanced training programmes for teachers and businesses as well as by excellent international collaborations. 

The Research Group for Earth Observation (rgeo) focuses on integrating aspects of geographical and environmental science, geo-/ natural science methods, and geo-education to develop concepts for current environmental research questions. In particular, the development of educational concepts, interactive, and awareness-raising learning environments e.g. of climate change education and application of digital geo-media, are main research fields. The fields of application reach from teacher training to in-school and out-of-school education. For these purposes, the rgeo-team employs modern geographical methods as its main basis for research.

We aim at raising interest and awareness for natural sciences, especially for environmental and climate change related topics. We will show how to transfer the knowledge from the experiments to everyday lives and thus to contribute to a sustainable world.

© Zooey Braun

Since 2010, the “Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit” presents itself under the new name TECHNOSEUM.

With a modern special exhibition area and a completely revised permanent exhibition the museum appears in a totally new way, offering profound knowledge and exciting experiences to visitors of all ages. The history of industrialisation is brought to life on approximately 9,000 square meters of exhibition space.

The Researchers’ Night fits perfectly into the museum’s concept of introducing its visitors to science and research.

Heidelberg University
© Universität Heidelberg

Established in 1386, Heidelberg University is Germany’s oldest university and one of Europe’s most research-intensive institutions. Over 30,000 students and 7,700 doctoral students are enrolled in the twelve faculties. In educating students and advancing outstanding young researchers, Heidelberg University emphasises research-based teaching and structured doctoral training programmes. Heidelberg University actively participates in a worldwide network of teaching and research collaborations. Its broad subject spectrum includes the humanities, social sciences, law, natural and life sciences, and medicine.

The University is especially committed to promoting dialogue beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, and turning research findings to good use for society. In this endeavour it relies on strong partners outside the university.

Heidelberg University Hospital/ Heidelberg Faculty of Medicine
© Universitätklinikum Heidelberg

Internationally recognised patient care, research, and teaching
Heidelberg University Hospital is one of the largest and most prestigious medical centers in Germany. The Medical Faculty of Heidelberg University belongs to the internationally most renowned biomedical research institutions in Europe. Both institutions have the common goal of developing new therapies and implementing them rapidly for patients. The reform Heidelberg Curriculum Medicinale (HeiCuMed) is one of the top medical training programs in Germany. From bench to bedside: Research for a better medicine! At European Research Night all medical disciplines will present research highlights of their research and their use in hospital daily work. Renowned scientist as well as young scientists will bring the concept to life for all visitors.