Large crowds at the Long Night of Research 2022


The Long Night of Research (LNF) is part of a national event series and as such also the largest event for science communication in Austria. Young people in particular took the opportunity to experience Vorarlberg's research and science up close at the LNF, try out new things and thus discover their talents. The event celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. It offers visitors the opportunity to spend a night looking over the shoulders of scientists at work.

Das Bild zeigt ein Junge mit einer VR-Brille und einem Joystick. | © LNF/Lisa Mathis
Young people in particular took the opportunity to experience Vorarlberg's research and science up close at LNF. ©LNF/Lisa Mathis

At a total of 100 different "hands-on stations" at nine locations in Dornbirn and Lustenau, more than 300 researchers conducted exciting and forward-looking experiments on site, talked about their research work and were available to answer questions. The topics of the "Research Night for All" ranged from natural science and digitization to the environment, energy and culture. The Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV - Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences) with its research centres, non-university research institutions as well as other scientific institutions and schools, together with research-related companies and industrial enterprises, provided interesting insights into their development activities.

In the training workshop of 1zu1 Prototypen, for example, young and old were able to cast, mill and print their own cell phone holder. At the station of the vorarlberg museum the visitors:inside could make an excavation, also small robots could be programmed at the "research night for all". There was also an exciting insight into laser microscopy: all those who wanted to know what our bodies are made of could look at fat cells or animal protozoa live under the microscope. There was much to experience and witness: an ultrashort pulse laser produced iridescent butterfly wings, students from the BG Blumenstraße explained how the CO2 emissions of their school can be reduced, and a flood dam broke in the approximately 100-meter-long simulation model of the International Rhine Regulation.

Science show for all

The Long Night of Research is the largest science communication event in Austria, where researchers* present their achievements to a broad public every two years. After the LNF 2021 had to take place purely digitally due to corona, there are this year again real events at over 250 exhibition locations throughout Austria. LNF 2022 is organized by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and the Federal Ministry for Digitization and Business Location (BMDW) in cooperation with the Austrian provinces.

In Vorarlberg, the Long Night of Research is organized by Wirtschafts-Standort Vorarlberg GmbH (WISTO), FHV - Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, the Vorarlberg Chamber of Commerce, the Vorarlberg Federation of Industry and the PRISMA Group of Companies.

June 2022