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Sustainability @ the Long Night of the Sciences

Flowers by night

Flowers by night
Image Credit: Michael Fahrig

During the Long Night of the Sciences on June 11, 73 teaching and research facilities in Berlin and Potsdam will open their doors from 5:00 p.m. to midnight.

News from Jun 08, 2016

Each year Freie Universität Berlin participates in this open house event with an extensive program of events hosted by numerous departments, institutes, research groups, and other institutions in Dahlem, Düppel, Lankwitz, and Steglitz.

Through vivid lectures, guided tours, interactive experiments, readings, panel discussions, workshops, and more, visitors are able to gain impressions of new research results from basic and applied research and interdisciplinary collaboration. Researchers from all the departments and institutes at Freie Universität are on hand to explain their innovative research.

There are a number of sustainability-related events on offer:

Under the headline “Dynamic Earth - distant planet earth sciences” the Institute of Geological Sciences offers insights into the issues of contaminated drinking water, alternative energy and climate change.

The Institute of Biology, Chemistry and Physics offers a guided tour through the Botanical Garden on the topic of invasive species. In different workshops focusing on plants, animals, sensations young and old can experience the importance and wonders of biodiversity.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is another focus area visitors can explore during the Long Night of the Sciences: children can dive into science and technology rallies and test their knowledge in a range of experiments offered by NATlab. Visitors interested in ESD find further offers in the rubric “Learning for sustainability and future: Schools and Universities”.

The Department of Political and Social Sciences focuses on the question: What is happening in Europe? They cover current issues in European politics and discuss social debates, like responses to the current situation of refugees in Berlin.

FUB’s iniative Sustain IT! will also be represented at the Long Night of Science. Here you can create seed balls to take away and herbal salt with ingredients from our UniGardening project. Additionally a workshop on traditional plant dying is offered. Here you can explore the natural color variety and discover the secrets of the old dyer art.

Further information (in German) can be found on the website of the Freie Universität Berlin: http://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/langenacht/index.html