Long Night of Sciences 2022: Highlights at FAU
Saturday May 21, 2022, between 2 pm and midnight in Erlangen, Nuremberg and Fürth
The tenth Long Night of Sciences is being held in spring this year, on Saturday May 21, with several open air events on offer. FAU is set to welcome visitors to its locations in Erlangen, Nuremberg and Fürth. With more than 260 items on the agenda, FAU is showcasing how science is set to shape the future. The kids program is up first, from 2 pm to 5 pm, before the main Long Night of Sciences starts at 6pm and runs until midnight.
Audimax: Knowledge and conviction
At FAU, the Long Night of Sciences will get off to a start with a lecture in the Erlangen Audimax lecture theatre at 6:45 pm “Glauben zu wissen – Zwischen Forschung, Fiktion und Verschwörungstheorien (Knowledge and conviction – Research, fiction and conspiracy theories).” The guest speaker is astrophysicist Prof. Dr. Harald Lesch, known from ZDF and Terra X, who will speak about cosmology and climate change. A livestream of the lecture will be available in lecture hall 11 at FAU’s southern campus, with a repeat being screened at 9 pm in the Schlossgarten.
Erlangen city center: Horrific plants and sensory perception
The Botanical Garden is offering a literary tour where visitors can get up close to monstrous plants, parasites and mutants. With stories about horrific plants from Medieval times or science fiction, an audio guide will bring the Schlossgarten, the Botanical Garden and the Scented Garden to life.
At the Juridicum, you can gain an insight into the jurisdiction of the future. Will judicial decisions be taken by artificial intelligence in days to come? In an interactive play dealing with the topic of “A company in court? In the name of human rights!” the audience will decide whether a company should be held accountable for its breaches of human rights.
At the Universitätsklinikum in Ulmenweg, the audience can test their skills in using pipettes and evaluate a PCR test for themselves. As well as a number of lectures on different diseases and the latest treatment options, the audience will also be able to take a behind the scenes look at an MRI scanner and find out all about the imaging procedure and how it works.
At the Center for Physics in Medicine and Engineering in Henkestraße, visitors can delve into the mysteries of sensory perception. With Sensory Sciences@FAU the audience can submerge themselves with all their senses into how we perceive the world around us and can experience how easily our senses can mislead us in experiments investigating our senses of smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch.
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FAU Campus Erlangen (south): Hope for the future
It’s all go in front of the Chemistry building, with bubbling, smoking, and fizzling concoctions galore. Under the watchful eye of chemists, visitors can turn their own kitchen into a chemistry lab.
At the towers housing the Department of Electrical Engineering in Cauerstraße, the focus is on mobility in the future, and visitors can test how sensors in a self-driving car perceive its surroundings in a test vehicle available for the purpose, or experience the vertical take off of the latest drone from the university group Evolonic.
Nuremberg: Environmental protection and digitalization. What will the future bring?
In Nuremberg, the School of Business, Economics and Society has an attractive program on offer: How can we master global climate change and get all countries on board in spite of different starting points and interests? Economics expert Prof. Dr. Veronika Grimm from the Chair of Economic Theory will provide some answers at 8:15pm in her lecture on the framework conditions and negotiation options for global climate protection in Findelgasse 9.
The above are only a brief selection of the many highlights researchers at FAU have prepared for the Long Night. The complete program is available at www.nacht-der-wissenschaften.de, and tickets can be booked online. Regular tickets cost €15, discounted tickets for students cost €10.
Sharing science – with the solidarity ticket for refugees
This year, a special solidarity ticket is available for the Long Night of Sciences. Purchasing one of these tickets allows a refugee to attend the Long Night of Sciences on 21 May. If more solidarity tickets are purchased than are actually required, the remaining amount will be donated to charities supporting refugees in the Nuremberg, Fürth and Erlangen region.
The tickets can be bought and donated here until 16 May:
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