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Happy Animals, Soccer-obsessed Politicians, and Authentic Pieces of the Berlin Wall

Long Night of the Sciences at Freie Universität on May 28, 2011 — Advance Ticket Sales Started; Comprehensive Program Guide Available in 200 Locations

№ 134/2011 from May 11, 2011

During the Long Night of the Sciences on May 28, curious children and interested adults will be able to get an impression of the varied range of subjects at Freie Universität Berlin. In the lecture halls, institutes, laboratories, and libraries in Dahlem and Lankwitz, 512 events will be open to the public. From 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. researchers will be providing insights into their disciplines through lectures, experiments, discussion panels, and workshops. There will be many hands-on opportunities for visitors. The comprehensive program guide to everything that Freie Universität has to offer during the Long Night, is now available. It can be obtained in many locations on campus, as well as in schools, museums, academic institutions, firms, and book stores. Shuttle buses running in five-minute intervals will make it easy to reach the 91 participating departments, institutes, and other institutions.

The Long Night of the Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin offers varied insights into innovative research results. The Department of Veterinary Medicine, for example, will give presentations on topics such as food safety, animal welfare, and animal husbandry that were of interest to the public even before the dioxin scandal. The Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science examines the revolutions in the Arab world and their global consequences. Visitors can have the authenticity of their pieces of the Berlin Wall verified by mineralogists at the Institute of Geological Sciences – and they will be able to assist with the analysis of their pieces.

Why Angela Merkel likes to attend soccer matches and where in the brain music is processed, are examples of issues the Languages of Emotion Cluster of Excellence will be explaining. At the Institute of Philosophy visitors can address the question of why words can hurt, and at the Department of Education and Psychology, they will have an opportunity to participate in an interesting experiment on lie detection. These are just a few examples of the range of activities.

Further information:

  • Date: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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

  • Telephone hotline as of May 12, 2011:  +49 (0)30 / 28 49 38 47

  • The comprehensive program guide with maps is available online:
    It may also be obtained in 200 locations in Berlin and Potsdam.

  • Tickets and prices: Adults: 13 euros (in advance, until May 25, 11 euros)
    Discounted tickets cost 9 euros (in advance, 7 euros); Family ticket: 25 euros (in advance, 20 euros, for up to 5 persons, including up to 2 adults); children under 6: free admission
    Late night ticket: 5 euros (sales at box office as of 11 p.m.)

  • Advance sales: as of May 12, 2011, at all ticket outlets, service centers, and ticket machines of the S-Bahn and BVG; in Potsdam at all ticket outlets of the Potsdam GmbH transport services

  • Advance sales online:  www.LangeNachtDerWissenschaften.de until May 24, 2011 (1.55 euro surcharge, incl. postage).

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