A party at Researchers’ Night in Trollhättan 2011.

A “Science Party” is an activity that can both attract visitors and be enjoyable for scientists. A party can vary greatly in size and format, but usually takes place in the evening and requires a little work to create the right atmosphere (venue, music, refreshments etc.). Consider also how to organise the party to facilitate conversations with scientists.

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After work

After Work at Researchers’ Night Trollhättan 2009.

Organising an After Work event late in the afternoon after normal working hours allows people leaving work the opportunity to end their day meeting scientists in an informal and pleasant setting. An After Work event is usually an informal conversation around a table at a pub or restaurant.

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Question time

Question time during Researchers’ Night Stockholm 2006.

This is a variation on the Science Café theme without the opening presentation from the scientists or researchers. Instead the event only consists of a question time where the public can ask the scientists questions in a café, pub or bar.

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Science café

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Science Café in a café in Uppsala with Professor Helena Danielsson during Researchers’ Night 2011.

A science café in Sweden is a conversation takes place over a cup of coffee, e.g. in a café or at an evening event in a pub. This activity could also be run for children as a party with refreshments.

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Live streaming of lectures

Live lecture on ”The development of life – can it be researched?” Researchers’ Night Kalmar/Kronoberg 2011.

Streaming a lecture online makes it possible for many people to see it live or after the event if a good webcast tool is used. With many tools (e.g. the free service Bambuser), it is also possible to ask the lecturer questions live.

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Live broadcast – Q&A

Researchers’ Night in Västerås 2011 broadcast on local TV channel IGOR-TV.

Having a scientist or researcher answer viewers’ questions on TV or answer questions submitted in a webcast is a simple and effective way of informing people about a field of research or a researcher’s work. The choice of researcher is important because this person needs to be able to express him/herself in a way that educates and captivates.

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Live interviews

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The Swedish Research Council broadcast ”Researchers’ Night Live” during Researchers’ Night 2007.

Interviewing a researcher or scientist on video (on local TV or a webcast) is a simple and effective way to inform people about a field of research or a researcher’s work and daily life. The choice of researcher or scientist is important because this person needs to be able to express him/herself in a way that educates and captivates.

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Live chat

Chat with economist and researcher Lars Behrenz from Researchers’ Night in Kalmar/Kronoberg 2011. Photo:

Chatting live with researchers on a website enables a dialogue to be initiated between researchers and the public. It is important to be clear about the times the researchers or experts will be available to chat.

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Climate click


Climate Click was an interactive online activity developed jointly by the Swedish Research Council, Formas,, the Swedish Research Council and VA (Public & Science). Visitors were able to make a pledge on the website about how they would change their way of life to reduce their carbon footprint. The website was marketed in conjunction with Researchers’ Night.

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