Over 1000 exhibitions and programmes were on offer at the most recent Nacht des Wissens (site in German), which attracted a record 30,000 visitors from Hamburg and the surrounding area. Organised by the Hamburg authorities every two years, the Nacht des Wissens (lit. 'Night of Knowledge') is an opportunity to explore the wealth of research and opportunities at Hamburg's various universities, research institutes and other scientific bodies. The next Nacht des Wissens is scheduled to take place in Autumn 2019.
The participating institutions, as well as the central information point at Jungfernstieg, open their doors at 5:00 p.m. and offer an extensive programme of lectures and demonstrations that runs until midnight. Involved are not just classical science subjects, but also the Hamburg Police Academy and the University Medical Centre in Eppendorf, where such diverse topics as rising water levels and UV light are covered. The majority of Hamburg's universities and institutions can be visited by free shuttle buses throughout the night, including Hamburg University, HafenCity University and even the Hamburg School of Music and Theatre.
The night is completely free of charge and strives to show the lively variety of research and innovation currently taking place in Hamburg. The Nacht des Wissens is entertaining for visitors young and old, and there are many events perfect for inspiring and captivating children.
Especially interesting for young scientists and researchers is the Science Slam, an opportunity for scientists to present their research and enthusiasm for a topic. The scientific value of the research comes second ― most important is to explain the research in a concise and easily digestible way, and to show the audience what scientific subjects are captivating the young scientists and researchers of today. Enthusiasm is particularly important, as the audience will vote to decide who the winner of the night is.