Researchers’ Night – a science event open to all

Friday, September 28, 2018

Welcome to Researchers’ Night to explore the enchanting world of science! Doors to the source of research are open on Linnanmaa campus 28 September 5:00–9:00 pm. The event is open for visitors of all ages, and it offers plenty to see and experience in workshops, demonstrations and presentations.

The event is free of cost. Please note that more activities are constantly added to the programme.


Lectures and discussions

  • Civil war inheritance: Reconciliation

A panel discussion focuses on Finnish society after the Finnish Civil War. What kind of civil war memories did Finns choose to cherish and what did they decide to bury? How did these choices affect the possibility of societal reconciliation during the following decades? Which other factors contributed to the recovery of a war-torn nation? How long has the society taken to recover and reconcile?     

  • What is a researcher and how can you become one?

Research is exciting, challenging and rewarding! Curiosity is rewarded by the joy of discovering new knowledge, but making discoveries also requires effort and skills. In addition to being an expert in his / her own field, a researcher is also a global citizen with strong language skills. A researcher’s path often starts from the university, and in order to get there, one needs to acquire study skills at upper secondary school or elsewhere.

  • Three Problems of the Big Bang Model: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and Inflation

The Big Bang model is the current explanation for the origin and the evolution of the universe. It is well supported by a variety of observational tests. However, some aspects of this very successful model are problematic.

  • What is the nature of the ubiquitous and at the same time elusive dark matter?
  • What is dark energy?
  • What is inflation and why do we need it to explain the universe? Lecture room L1


  • The world changes: BCDC sheds light on the future of energy 

In Keep on Talking, the BCDC Energy research project’s series of video podcasts, Research Director Rauli Svento talks with the project’s researchers from different scientific fields. The discussion centres around topics relating to the utilisation of renewable energy, such as demand response, energy weather forecasts and cloud computing.


Experiment and comprehend

  • The bug academy

Biological workshops, in which you can marvel at bugs, viruses, bacteria, yeasts, fungi and insects from our inland waterways. What is a February Red? Who builds traps to the bottom of the river? Who has the most vicious jaws in the lake? How has the dayfly larva adapted to currents? In the vicinity of the laboratory, you can familiarise yourself with the bugs in the zoological museum’s collection!

  • Paper and cellulose from wood fibres!

Make paper from wood fibres with your own hands and see what can be made from the miracle material of the future, nanocellulose!

  • The magic of chemistry

Chemistry is everywhere, even though you do not always realise it. One of the most googled topics of last year, slime-making, is based on chemistry. In the workshop, you can make your own slime guided by chemists in a real laboratory.

  • Information technology from many angles

In the session, you can learn about the development work of smart technology. Find out what would be just right for you: encoding, modelling, drafting, inventing new product ideas or testing. In the workshop, you can try block coding or 3D modelling. Suitable for both children and adults.

  • An evening as an archaeologist

In the archaeology workshop you can acquaint yourself with archaeological findings and related research. At the work stations, you can identify objects, bones and textiles. Bring your own findings, too! If you have found an old object or a ground stone that might be an archaeological finding and you wonder what it could be, bring it with you for an archaeologist to view! Suitable for all ages.

  • FabLab Oulu

If the following questions are of interest to you, come to FabLab to look and make something with your own hands: How does a 3D-printer work? What can you do with a laser cutter? What is precision cutting? What are programming skills needed for? Is it possible to print your own T-shirts? How can you build electronics yourself?

  • VRungius – mummy research in the virtual world

In the workshop, you will learn about the research done on the mummy of vicar Nikolaus Rungius, who lived in Keminmaa in the 17th century. The research results will be presented as a lecture in the workshop. You can also access the Rungius mummy through the VRungiusvirtual software. A visit to the virtual world requires advance enrolment, as the number of participants is limited.


About science in an interesting way

  • The researchers’ Pecha Kucha

The Researchers’ Pecha Kucha challenges researchers at the University of Oulu to talk about themselves and their work in 20 images, limited to 20 seconds each. Listen to the talented researchers and be inspired by their stories!

  • The good, the bad and the ugly microbes!

Join a field trip to the colourful and enchanting world of microbes! Micro-organisms are part of life for all of us, both in a good and bad sense. You will experience the super powers of microbes through light microscopy, digital cameras and monitors.

  • Listen to secret words, massage your voice and read to a real READING DOG and CAT!

Listen for secret words in a cacophony of noise, soothe your vocal folds with the LAX VOX tube and delve into the wonderful world of the READING DOG and READING CAT books. Collect stickers for your passport! Acquaint yourself with the virtual reality created by Peili Vision by searching for animals in different worlds or shoot at meteors with your vision! How does virtual reality relate to neurological rehabilitation? The age limit for using virtual glasses is 12 years, but otherwise the workshop is suitable for all ages. A real dog and a cat will be present at the workshop.

  • Can materials remember their memories?

We, humans can remember things. It is astonishing that materials also do remember. If you take a teaspoon and bend it, the shape is changed permanently. However, if the teaspoon is made of ‘Shape memory alloy’, the atoms in the metal spoon remember their original position and upon heating, the teaspoon regains its original shape. These find applications in medical, aerospace, robotics etc.


The joy of searching and discovering

  • 5G adventure

Observe the power of the 5G network through an adventure in the corridors of Linnanmaa! Start from the Main lobby Visitor center

  • MathsStop

Maths is so much more than calculations! Welcome to play games and have fun with mathematical problems. The content of the games is best suited for visitors over 4 years of age.

  • The Disability Detective Agency and its Mission to Change World History

What do disability detectives do? And have you got what it takes to become one and help change world history for good? Find out in this top-secret training camp with the head of the Oulu Disability Detective Agency, the mysterious Inspector Mustonen! In the front of lecture room L2

  • Seeing Light in a New Light: Novel Uses and Applications of Light

The advent of new lighting technologies has created numerous opportunities for developing novel ways of exploiting light. In this presentation, we introduce some approaches of using light for other than illumination purposes. Particularly, we focus on the concept of visible light communications (VLC), by which the same light used for lighting is also used to transmit wirelessly information.

  • In the whirls of fairytale and adventure

Do you already know the story of Adalmiina’s pearl or The birch and the star or The raspberry worm? In 2018, we celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of storyteller Sakari Topelius. Discover Topelius’s production, make yourself a fairytale badge and take part in an exciting Treasure Hunt. You can also follow in the footsteps of Topelius and act as a doctor, saving the memorable moment in a doctor’s selfie.

  • A window into the tropics

The renewed greenhouses of the Botanical Garden, Romeo and Juliet, are now open to the public! The gardening staff reveals the secrets of tropical and subtropical vegetation. Non-stop tours start from the foyer of the Botanical Garden. Address: Kaitoväylä 5


Nokia to the world!

Learn about Oulu's ICT history and take Finnish expertise to the world at the Mobile Phone Throwing Point by Oulu Museum of Art. Between the 1960s and the 1990s, the town turned into one of Finland's most important centres of information technology. In addition to mobile phones, there is also a chance to get to know more about Oulu's history as a technological city and the exhibition The Hype in the Arctic Silicon Valley by Oulu Museum of Art.

At 6:00 pm Book launching: A children’s book on electricity ”Minne sähkö meni” (Where did electricity go?)

A new book is released that combines facts about electricity and a fascinating story for children. Official launch at 6 p.m. and after that, action related on electricity, and drawings for kids by the illustrator. The authors can be met at the booth, and the new book may be purchased. Small snacks also served!


Rap duo SOFA will end the evening with a blast!



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Erkki Koiso-Kanttilan katu 1

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Last updated: 10.8.2018