DNA samples

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Visitors discover how to extract DNA from a kiwi during Researchers’ Night in Umeå 2011. Photo: Jessica Lindmark

Visitors can try producing DNA samples. The current methods for extracting DNA are simple and standardised. It is fairly easy to carry out this activity under the guidance of one or more researchers.

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Animals and plants

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Alive crabs at a shopping centre – Researchers’ Night Lidköping 2011. Photo: Lidköpingsnytt

Visitors come into close contact with different animals or plants and learn more about them while one or more experts talk about them. This is a good activity to hold at a zoo or botanical garden.

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Electricity consumption

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A visitor at Researchers’ Night in Skellefteå 2010 discovers how much energy is required to keep the light bulbs illuminated.

Participants can use various tools to study and measure how much electricity different household appliances consume. You could also add more practical activities such as generating sufficient electricity by peddling on a stationary bike to illuminate light bulbs. The activities should be run by researchers.

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Mass experiments

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What is the temperature in our refrigerators? SLU PhD student Mattias Eriksson and Ingela Marklinder from the Institute of Food Science at Uppsala University investigate.

Visitors are invited to participate in mass experiments/studies. By having a large number of people participating in numerous experiments, researchers gain access to a large amount of data that they can then analyse. The conclusions are subsequently presented in a scientific report.

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