The Europe-wide science event Researchers’ Night drew an impressive crowd in Tampere on Friday, 29 September. Close to 2,000 visitors attended the event dedicated to popular science and fun learning.
Researchers’ Night was now held in Tampere for the second time. The event was organized by Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the University of Tampere. Researchers’ Night was celebrated in 14 cities in Finland this year and it attracted altogether more than 20,000 visitors. The event was part of the programme that celebrates Finland’s centennial anniversary.
One of the most popular attractions was the interactive live stream to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. The auditorium in Museum Centre Vapriikki was packed to the brim. One of the scientists that discussed their work at CERN was TUT’s former President, Professor Markku Kivikoski.
Info sessions and stands spread across Vapriikki showcased themes ranging from robotics, gamification, pet research and black holes. In addition, scientists discussed Finland’s alternate histories in the spirit of Finland's centennial anniversary. CIVIT’s 3D glasses are tested in the photo.
The science workshops for children at Children's Cultural Centre Rulla were also popular among the attendees. The children made robot art, played a banana piano and crafted a diver.
In addition to the city centre, the event was spread across the campuses of local universities. The visitors could, among others, take a tour of TUTLab on the TUT campus.
Researchers’ Night culminated with Science Slam, where brave experts and scientists took to the stage to present their research to the audience in stand-up style. The audience voted Associate Professor of Signal Processing Heikki Huttunen from TUT as the winner of the playful competition. His stand-up routine was titled ‘Artificial Intelligence – Bikes, Perfume and Glory’.
Photos: Jonne Renvall, Jaakko Kinnunen, Virpi Andersin and Minna Puntila