Austria's "LANGE NACHT DER FORSCHUNG" on October 1st: Research and Security at 150 Sites

 On October 1, the first "Lange Nacht der Forschung" ("Night of Research") will take place in Innsbruck, Linz, and Vienna. Following the motto "into science!" more than 70 academic, non-academic, and commercial institutions will open their laboratory doors to the public. Starting from three "Treffpunkten Forschung" ("meeting places for research") located in the respective city centers, 13 shuttle bus routes - defined as "X.PEDITIONEN" - will lead to several sites of research. Each of these 150 sites gives insight into the various positions of contemporary research on the extensively discussed issue of security.



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On behalf of three Federal Ministries - Education, Science and Culture (bm:bwk); Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT); and Economics and Labor (BMWA) - and the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, the "Lange Nacht der Forschung" will be launched by the Viennese agency "Science Communications," with plans for future events to be held annually and nationwide.


Great interest of the scientific community

Throughout Austria, 91 university departments, 51 non-academic research institutions, 41enterprises, and 16 technical colleges submitted proposals for the event, which was announced in March 2005. Out of all the proposals, a jury and a board of curators recommended 150 projects for participation in the "Lange Nacht der Forschung." The resulting program is as complex as research itself: the spectrum of topics covers the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, law studies, humanities, social and cultural sciences.


This year's topic: Security

All sites are connected by this year's theme "security." Whether for terrorist attacks, computer viruses, social security, risk technologies, environmental protection, or the just- emerging legal factors in genome research, security is relevant for all aspects of society and draws a red line through the diverse program of this year's "Lange Nacht der Forschung."

"Treffpunkte Forschung" in the city centers

Central starting point of the "X.PEDITIONEN" is the "Treffpunkt Forschung," located in all three city centers, and functioning as a gathering place, ticket office, and information desk. Ticket selling starts on September 29. Tickets can be purchased in advance at several participating institutions, in all Viennese branches of the "Raiffeisenbank," and online at www.ticketbox.at.

 

Between 5 p.m. and midnight, interested parties can undertake "X.PEDITIONEN" into research from these starting points. With the help of the program booklet and the
website www.langenachtderforschung.at, personal fact-finding tours can be planned.


Experimental Special Program

Public opinion and experimenting with new methods of science communication are the central concerns of the special program of the "Lange Nacht der Forschung":

 

• Citizens as live reporters. As "reporters for a night," citizens will provide live information about the event and their personal impressions of the nightly research sites using their mobile phones. Those who register with the "reporter for a night" - number 01 - 794 66 - automatically take part in a prize drawing. The telephone reports are collected by a virtual editorial office, and made audible on www.langenachtderforschung.at and on the info terminals of the "Lange Nacht der Forschung." Thus, an acoustic research landscape will be generated online as a guide for visitors throughout the event.

 

• Dialogue on democracy. At several public places, the "node - demokra-TISCH" will encourage dialogue between passers-by and scientists on the development of democracy in Austria and Europe.

 

• The "Innovative Austria" inquiry team. On behalf of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, and as part of the campaign, a mobile inquiry team will move through the night eager to collect and file questions from Austrians regarding research and innovation. The results of this inquiry action will be published on www.innovativesoesterreich.at.

 

• Scientific Life Coaching. During the "Lange Nacht der Forschung" scientific life advice is offered at selected locations, which are listed on www.langenachtderforschung.at. This project will provide visitors with an opportunity to address their concerns directly to scientists to find out whether science has the capacity to solve problems of everyday life.



For further information, please contact:
Ms. Daniela Martos
Science Communications
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