ScienceNight Ruhr is one of the youngest and largest Science Festivals in Germany. Every two years this polycentric Researchers’ Night turns the dynamic Ruhr Region into a swirling “Knowledge Metropolis”. More than 500 scientists from more than 50 institutions will present a dialogue-oriented, interactive programme. ScienceNight Ruhr 2016 will present more than 400 simultaneous events in 20 different venues, including 6 highly frequented inner-city areas, universities, research labs, hospitals, companies and cultural institutions. The main target groups of ScienceNight Ruhr 2016 will be families, as well as students and young professionals.
The Metropolitan Area "Ruhr" in North Rhine-Westphalia is the largest urban agglomeration in Germany. In this post-industrialized region with about 5.2 million inhabitants, ScienceNight Ruhr invites thousands of visitors of all ages to enjoy, experience and debate science. As a biannual format ScienceNight Ruhr is a landmark of the region’s strategic development from a post-industrial region, still shaped by a strong tradition of coal mining and steel production, into a dynamic “Knowledge Metropolis”. ScienceNight Ruhr is seen as an essential element in this development process – emphasizing the role of science and innovation as a motor for sustainable economic and socio-cultural development. Scheduled for the years 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022 the festival will be organized in the whole Metropolitan Area Ruhr. ScienceNight Ruhr is organized by the Ruhr Regional Association in close collaboration with a large number of Universities and Scientific Institutions. city2science is the partner-organization for the scientific programme, developing and supporting innovative concepts linking science to society.