CliSAP successfully finished in 2018. Climate research continues in the Cluster of Excellence "CLICCS".

Record numbers of visitors attend Hamburg´s fourth Science Night

08.11.2011

Scientific research to experience and participate in: 20,000 visitors spent the evening answering the call of science last Saturday. The KlimaCampus alone welcomed 3,200 visitors to its premises on the Bundesstrasse to enjoy the diverse program.

A magnet for the younger public: the children´s program in the Geological Paleontological Museum in the basement, where a primeval times competition took place and crowds of curious children jostled to see dinosaur eggs and other extinct animals on display.

Just how much variety a day in the life of a scientist can have and which challenges arise was demonstrated by a report about life on board a research ship. The extreme weather conditions and the work together with research scientists from all over the world in a confined space - captured impressively in a slide show - astonished spectators and caused hands to shoot into the air at question time.

The answers to questions on oceanographic processes such as "How does the cooled surface water in the Greenland Sea sink?" were clearly demonstrated at the tank experiments. Climate experiments in which a Lego village was hit by a tsunami or the salt content of the ocean was analysed also helped make science understandable.

Under the motto "How do I become a climate scientist?" communication scientists, oceanographers, geologists and mathematicians reported on how they each found their way into interdisciplinary climate research. Professors and young scientists depicted the fascination for science they experience during their research trips to places from the Mediterranean to Siberia. But they also drew attention to the personal challenges involved, such as relocating regularly.

All in all both organisers and visitors were delighted with a successful and exciting Science Night.