On June 6, 2020, from 5 pm to midnight, more than 60 scientific institutions in Berlin and Potsdam invite you to take part in Long Night of the Sciences. With more than 2,000 events, readings, lectures and performances, visitors will have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the region's most outstanding science and research institutions. At over 100 venues, the motto will then be: marvel, touch, grasp!
The events during the smartest night of the year are spread over a total of six city districts – from City West via the city centre to Buch, Wannsee and Potsdam, from the southwest to the southeast. As always, the programme of Long Night of the Sciences is geared to all age groups and offers special events for school children.
The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, is the patron of the 20th Long Night of the Sciences.
To mark its 20th anniversary, Long Night of the Sciences 2020 is taking a stand against misrepresentations, invented truths and irrationalism guided by the motto: Science as the answer to fake news, conspiracy theories and fatal errors.
At a time when fake news is the order of the day and international politics are made via Twitter, scientists have a particularly important role to play. After all, they are the ones who deliver real facts, inform and enlighten. In view of the audacity with which conspiracy theories distort facts and falsely report populist opinions, scientists and scientific institutions are facing up to their responsibility to counter this new irrationalism. In contrast to fake news, science always keeps an eye on the complexity and diversity of our modern world. A scientific approach involves rejecting theories as soon as there are better explanations. Criticism and scepticism prevent scientific thinking from getting bogged down in ideologies. Instead of irrevocable truths, the 20th Long Night of the Sciences and its more than 2,000 events will provide many answers that will lead to even more questions.
Long Night of the Sciences in Berlin and Potsdam is a joint project by the scientific institutions of the region and takes place once a year – usually on a Saturday at the end of May or beginning of June. The event is organised by Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften e.V. (LNDW e.V.) which brings together scientific and science-related institutions.
Long Night of the Sciences is largely financed by the participating scientific institutions themselves. All ticket revenues are also used to finance the overall event.
Long Night of the Sciences is supported by numerous partners from the region. The general meeting of LNDW e.V. decides on how funds are used.
|Ticket for adults, without discount||14 EUR|
|Reduced-rate tickets||9 EUR|
|Late-Night-Ticket (available at evening box offices from 10 pm onward)||6 EUR|
|Ticket for school children||5 EUR|
|Children up to the age of 6||free admission|
Discounts are available for school children, trainees/apprentices, students, pensioners, holders of a disabled pass (accompanying person receives free admission without a separate free ticket), recipients of unemployment benefits, berlinpass (Berlin pass) holders and those taking part in the Federal Voluntary Service.
Family tickets are valid for adults and children (up to the age of 17) attending events together, regardless of their family ties. The ticket is valid for a maximum of five persons, including no more than two adults and at least one child.
Family tickets already purchased can be exchanged for single family tickets at the box office. With the single tickets, different single events can be attended separately. The validity of the single family ticket is the same as that of the family ticket.
In addition, special discounts are also available for holders of a Berliner Familienpass(Berlin family pass). To qualify, parents or grandparents with at least one child must attend the event together. To purchase a ticket, the family pass card must be presented at the box office (the information on the pass must match the information on the ID card) along with the coupon for Long Night of the Sciences. One child accompanied by a paying adult will then receive free admission.