As part of the “Long Night of Science” on 11 June, BAM offered an insight into its engineering and chemical research at its Berlin-Adlershof site. Just under 400 people demonstrated an interest and participated in the opportunity to experience science up close and personal, from midday to midnight.
Wholly relatable topics such as “Our daily bread at the focus of food analysis” or “Using ICP-MS to analyse heavy metals in Berlin's drinking water” were the focus. Experiments and join-in activities encouraged people to discuss and try out. The breath alcohol test with alcoholic confectionery was also a popular attraction. The test was conducted with the support of the Berlin Police Force and almost certainly surprised some visitors with some unexpected results. An information stand also showed work in the clean room, and anyone who wanted to share what they had seen and experienced could do so in the specially established “social media corner”.
A total of 74 institutions participated in the Night of Science. And if you didn't get the opportunity to join us this year, you can make a note of the next date in your diary, because the next Long Night of Science will be held on 24 June 2017.