The Long Night of Research at the Natural History Museum Vienna on 20 May 2022

04. May 2022
The Natural History Museum Vienna offers an extensive programme as part of the Long Night of Research. The NHM Vienna is one of the most important research institutions in Austria. Research projects of the departments of prehistory and anthropology, guided tours through collections and laboratories, identification of precious stones, the digital planetarium, the City Nature Challenge 2022 and the exchange with researchers on Deck 50 offer an insight into the research work of the museum. In the Narrenturm ("Fools Tower"), the newly designed exhibition rooms give visitors an understanding of the history of disease and pathology.
The Long Night of Research will take place on Friday, 20 May 2022, from 17:00 to 23:00 with free admission.

Programme (mostly in German):

Guided tours behind the scenes in collections and laboratories.
Meeting point: Information desk in the entrance hall.
  •    Fish collection: With Bettina Riedl at 17:30, 19:00, 20:30 and 22:00.
  •    Wild bee collection: With Dominique Zimmermann and Sabine Schoder at 18:00, 20:00 and 22:00.
  •   Millipede Collection: With Nesrine Akkari at 18:00 and 20:00 (English).
  •   Crustacean Collection: With Martin Schwentner at 18:30, 19:30, 20:30 and 21:30.
  •   Modern research on (sky) rocks in the microprobe lab: With Julia Walter-Roszjár and Lidia Pittarello at 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00.

 A journey through prehistory
Stops in the Prehistory and Early History exhibition halls (halls 11 - 13).
  •   "A Scientific Egg Hunt: The Origin of the Oolithic Limestone of the Venus of Willendorf" with Caroline Posch.
  •   "Hallstatt: Dried meat, salt and frozen pizza - preservation through the millennia" with Hans Reschreiter.
  •   "Metal Idiophones (Bells - Bells - Rattles) from 800 B. Chr. - 800 AD in Central Europe - function and sounds" with Beate Pomberger.

Adventure Anthropology: Ancient Bones, DNA Analyses and History of the Collection
Stations in the anthropology showrooms (halls 14 - 15).
  •   "HistoGenes: old bones & DNA analyses = new insights" with Margit Berner and Doris Pany-Kucera.
  •   "Life and Death at the Danube Limes - Roman skeletons from Lauriacum/Enns" with Andrea Stadlmayr and Maria Marschler.
  •   "Hidden and Revealed Histories with a Colonial Context" with Martin Krenn (Archive for the History of Science) and Sabine Eggers.
A look at the night sky and more in the digital planetarium.
Hourly in hall 16 from 17:00 - 23:00.
  •   "Visualisation Cosmos" with Viola Winkler, Anna Haider and Wencke Wegner.
  •   "Animated film on the SARS-CoV-2 virus".
  •   "Natural Night Sky".  
  •   "Open Space Project" with Gabor Herbst-Kiss, Christoph Goldmann and Gabriel Stöckle.

Meet a Scientist
Deck 50.
  •     "Gregor Mendel - What has pea counting got to do with modern science?" at 17:00.
  •     "How Hollow is Austria?" with Lukas Plan at 18:00.
  •     "(Almost) Fashion?" with Karina Grömer at 7:00 pm.                  
  •     "Blind through the Darkness" with Luise Kruckenhauser at 20:00.         
  •     "The Secrets of Coral Slime" with Pedro Frade at 21:00.        
  •     "Towards the Centre of the Earth" with Pauline Oberender at 10:00 pm.

What am I? Gemstone identification with the spectroscope
Laboratory on Deck 50.
Mineralogist Vera M. F. Hammer will determine guests' gemstones using Raman spectroscopy from 17:00 to 23:00.
Biodiversity in Vienna: City Nature-Challenge and the Citizen Science platform iNaturalist
hands-on station.
In 2022, the NHM Vienna organised the City Nature Challenge Vienna for the first time, in which Citizen Scientists around the world survey which and how many species of animals, plants and fungi live in their environment over four days. Between 29 April and 2 May 2022, the City Nature Challenge 2022 took place worldwide and anyone could participate. The results of CNC 22 Vienna are presented by Lorin Timaeus and Nikolaus Szucsich.
Do you know how many little stars there are? An evening with the Vienna Working Group for Astronomy
From 20:00 to 23:00 at Maria-Theresien-Platz in front of the NHM Vienna.
Guests can take a look at the starry sky with the help of telescopes of the Vienna Working Group for Astronomy.

Pathological-anatomical collection in the Narrenturm
Branch in the Narrenturm, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna.
In the course of the renovation of the listed building, the permanent exhibition was for the first time systematically arranged according to the criteria of pathology. The aim is to convey the contents of the collection not only to doctors, medical students or nurses, but also to schoolchildren or the interested lay public.

"GIS mit BISS" - Force Health Protection and Health Promotion for the African Military Theater of Operations
Theresian Military Academy, Burgplatz 1, entrance Südtor, 2700 Wiener Neustadt.
With experts from the NHM Vienna: Karin Ernst, Marietta Hengl, Florian Bacher, Christoph Hörweg, Silke Schweiger.
To the event programme on the NHM Vienna website:
To the website of the Long Night of Research:
(c) NHM Wien
(c) NHM Wien
(c) NHM Wien, Kurt Kracher
(c) NHM Wien, Christina Rittmannsperger
(c) Stefan Gergely
(c) NHM Wien, Alice Schumacher