This European Researchers’ Night project is funded by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 in the framework of Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, under grant No 722750

Researchers' Night is a Pan-European series of science events. Over 900 fun and engaging events take place on Researchers' Night, both in Tartu and all over Estonia.

This time, Researchers' Night takes place from 26 to 30 September and the main theme of the festival is Science and Fiction. If you're interested in the topic or if it fits your area of research - and you would like to host a science event of your own, then let us know! Contact us on tof@ahhaa.ee.


More information on this year's events and locations is coming soon!

The events are mostly in Estonian (and for free), unless specified otherwise


PROGRAMME 2016  
SPONSORS
IMPRESSIONS
RESEARCHERS' NIGHT in media
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The team Name Responsibilities Contact
Annika Vesselov
Head Coordinator of the festival and FameLab
Head Coordinator of the festival and FameLab
annika.vesselov@ahhaa.ee
tel +372 5302 2125
Riina Nõupuu
Head Coordinator of the festival and FameLab
Head Coordinator of the festival and FameLab
riina.noupuu@ahhaa.ee
tel +372 5597 5839
Mathis Bogens
Head of Communications and Marketing
Head of Communications and Marketing
mathis.bogens@ahhaa.ee
tel +372 5663 8667
Elyne Aaviksoo
Researchers' Night programme in AHHAA
Researchers' Night programme in AHHAA
Kai Kaljumäe
Social Media Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator
Pärt Ojamaa
Art Director
Art Director
Enel Teinemaa
Program Coordinator of Cafe Scientifique
Program Coordinator of Cafe Scientifique
Anu Saarva
Head Coordinator of the Teddy Bear Hospital, Coordinator of foreign programme
Head Coordinator of the Teddy Bear Hospital, Coordinator of foreign programme
Meelika Peetsmann
Bookings Manager
Bookings Manager
Kristel Schreiner
Program Coordinator of Urban Legends Tour
Program Coordinator of Urban Legends Tour
Kaimo Kukk
Program Coordinator of Open Air Cinema, Volunteer Coordinator
Program Coordinator of Open Air Cinema, Volunteer Coordinator
Elmar Reinhold
Program Coordinator of Science Bike
Program Coordinator of Science Bike
Kristjan Kapp
Program Coordinator of the VIP-program and events at Lõunakeskus
Program Coordinator of the VIP-program and events at Lõunakeskus
Madis Kask
Program Coordinator of the VIP-program
Program Coordinator of the VIP-program
Kristina Kravets
Official photographer
Official photographer
Rita-Anette Kohava
Sponsorship Coordinator
Sponsorship Coordinator
Mihkel Sild
Coordinator of Exhibits and Technical Support
Coordinator of Exhibits and Technical Support
Liisbet Aland
RN Research Conductor
RN Research Conductor
MediA

FameLab Estonia 2016

FameLab is an international training programme designed to inspire, motivate and develop young scientists and engineers to actively engage with the public and stakeholders.

FameLab works in a competition format to engage large audiences globally. Participants have just three minutes to win over the judges and crowd with a scientific talk, judged on content, clarity and charisma.

As part of the programme, selected participants receive training from expert UK trainers in an exclusive two-day intensive master class.

Originally started in the UK in 2005 by Cheltenham Festivals, since 2007 competitions have been run around the globe thanks to the British Council and local partners.

The UK is a centre of excellence for science communication and recognises that the accessibility of science to a non-scientific audience is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide. The finalists of each national FameLab competition receive a two-day masterclass in science communication from UK experts. Check the official website for more information.

Each year the winners of the national competitions travel to The Times Cheltenham Science Festival for the FameLab International Finals. Here they prove their science communication prowess, engage with other enthusiastic science communicators, and to learn from UK experts in the field.


Read more HERE!

This year’s Researchers’ Night Festival is bigger than ever 

From 26th to 30th September, the biggest science festival in the Baltic states hosts more than 900 science events in 40 different locations all over Estonia. The overarching theme of this year’s festival is “Science and Fiction” 

Riina Nõupuu, the coordinator of the festival explained that the multitude of events can be directly linked to the increasing number of schools, kindergartens and youth centres that wish to contribute to the festival and arrange their own events. 

“Over the past ten years, we have aimed to make the festival truly pan-Estonian. Now, we can proudly say that we have achieved it. Over 100 institutions and nearly 2000 people are involved in this year’s festival,” she said. 

“In addition to the festival classics, such as the outdoor cinema, visits to the laboratories of science cafes, we are glad to announce the very first FameLab in the Baltic states. This internationally famous science stand-up competition takes place on 30th September at Science Centre AHHAA and brings together both up-and-coming and already renowned researchers from Estonia and Latvia,” Nõupuu added.

The main theme of this year’s festival is “Science and Fiction”. Annika Vesselov, the co-coordinator of the festival said that the subject focuses on both the future and past developments in science. 

“Behind the seemingly fantastic discoveries lies the hard work and commitment of the researchers and that it exactly what we want to emphasize,” Vesselov spoke. “One of the most incredible and exciting branches of science that we are focusing on this year, is synthetic biology and the contribution of Estonian researchers to the field. There are several movie screenings and science cafes that are dedicated to synthetic biology”. 

The Researchers’ Night Festival is taking place for the 11th time already. From 26th to 30th September, more than 900 various events are being organised all over Estonia. The festival is the biggest science event in both Estonia and the Baltic states. 

The aim of the festival is to show how much our everyday lives are intertwined with science and encourage young science enthusiasts to pursue their goals and careers in science.