13th Long Night of the Sciences: Da Vinci robot and the World Cup host Brazil
Science and football can live in harmony, as proven by the 13th annual Long Night of the Sciences in Halle which took place on 4 July. Visitors came sporadically at the beginning, but then, after a jubilant quarterfinal match, thousands came until the wee hours of the morning for a “research adventure”. For the first time more than 350 events were held. These were organised by the university along with many research institutes and the city of Halle.
University Square was well visited and offered a stage show throughout the evening. The number of visitors at 11 pm was 1,200. For the first time night owls were able to share their experiences live with other visitors. A social media wall on University Square displayed photos, videos and comments about the night. The online magazine scientia halensis summarised the interactive evening in a digital review. Impressions were captured on Storify and on the Long Night tagboard.
“The curiosity of the people of Halle remains undiminished. Once again the Long Night has demonstrated Halle’s strengths as a location for science in a popular way and shown how great its potential is,” says Rector Prof. Dr. Udo Sträter.
There were new highlights at the University Hospital. Here visitors were introduced to “da Vinci”, a robotic surgical system, and they were able to tour a real rescue helicopter. At Halle’s Diakonie Hospital visitors were able to walk through a five-meter-long model of a lung. Several events were also dedicated to the subject of football during the World Cup in Brazil. “Bem vindo ao Brasil!” was the motto at the geosciences library, which put on a Brazilian night. And last but not least, the theologians tackled the topic “football and religion”.
One highlight on the Heide-Süd campus was the automated firework display that was timed to music. This year’s fireworks theme was mathematics and thus colourful geometric shapes appeared in the sky. mab, sh