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Research Trips to Foreign Cultures and Distant Planets

Long Night of the Sciences on June 5 at Freie Universität: Advance Ticket Sales Begin Today, Program Booklet Available in 200 Locations

№ 145/2010 from May 20, 2010

Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft an der Freien Universität Berlin

Long Night of Science at Freie Universität Berlin
Image Credit: FUB / Sabrina Wendling

The great diversity in its subjects makes Freie Universität Berlin an exciting place for curious night owls to be during the Long Night of Sciences on June 5. A total of 560 events will take place in Dahlem, Düppel, and Lankwitz. From 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. visitors of all ages can gain impressions about the world of research in the southwest of Berlin. There will be demonstrations of lab experiments, tours, lectures, and hands-on activities. The program booklet has just been published. Shuttle buses in five-minute intervals will make all the 86 participating teaching and research units at Freie Universität and seven other research institutions in Dahlem easily accessible on the smartest night of the year.

For the first time this year there will be an architectural history walk through parts of the campus. Employees from the university archives and the Art History Institute will provide information about historically interesting buildings by renowned architects. The symphony orchestra of the Collegium Musicum will also celebrate a premiere: it will show the silent film Berlin. The Symphony of a Great City from 1927 and will play the musical accompaniment. During the Long Night, visitors can immerse themselves not only in the life of times past, but also in current research worlds. They can also learn new things about other cultures, as well as the Earth and distant planets.

What people in film kisses feel and how monkeys express their emotions are examples of what researchers at the Languages of Emotion Cluster of Excellence are investigating. Animal lovers will find the veterinary campus in Düppel exciting: as June 6 is the first German national Day of the Dog, many activities will be devoted to human’s best friend. In time for the Soccer World Cup, the round leather ball will be considered philosophically in the humanities and chemically analyzed in the natural sciences. The Earth scientists on the Lankwitz Campus will make Earth tremors audible.

The Long Night of Sciences in Berlin and Potsdam is being held for the tenth time this year. We would be happy to provide you with images.

Further Information

  • Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

  • More information online: www.fu-berlin.de/langenacht

  • Telephone hotline from May 20 to June 5, 2010: +49 (0)30 28 49 38 47

  • Programs with location map can be downloaded at www.fu-berlin.de/sites/langenacht/2010/media/LNdW-2010-FU-Programm.pdf                       
    They are also available in booklet form in some 200 institutions in Berlin and Potsdam.

  • Tickets and prices: Adults: 12 euros (advance sales to June 4: 10 euros); discounted tickets cost 8 euros (advance sales: 6 euros); family ticket: 24 euros (advance sales 20 euros, up to 5 pers., including 2 adults); children up to 6: no charge; late ticket: 5 euros (sales at box office as of 11:00 p.m.).

  • Advance sales: beginning May 20, 2010, at all ticket sales counters, customer centers, and ticket machines in the S-Bahn and the LPP

  • Advance sales online: possible through June 1, 2010, at www.langenachtderwissenschaften.de (€1.55 surcharge, incl. postage).

  • Buses: www.fu-berlin.de/sites/langenacht/2010/praktisches/busshuttles/index.html