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Angelina Tittmann

The Berliner Nachtungen

Meetings about matters of the night
Despite the trend towards a 24/7 society, we know comparatively little about the night. People work, learn and research during the day and those who are predominantly active at night can lose the bond to society. Who is affected by this, how such conditions impact the organisms, which new societies are formed and which innovations the night makes possible – these are some of the questions that the team of the Berliner Nachtungen would like to explore.

Artificial lighting has become a permanent issue in many cities, as here in Shanghai. | Photo: Dietrich Henckel

Josiane Meier (TU Berlin), Dietrich Henckel (TU Berlin, emeritus), Christine Preiser (University of Augsburg), Christopher Kyba (GFZ), Andreas Jechow, Franz Hölker and Sibylle Schroer (all IGB) jointly organize this series of events, which takes up a research topic of the night every two months. The guests discover nocturnal places such as the Charité sleep laboratory, the Zeiss observatory, the animal voice archive of the Museum of Natural History or the Berlin bar scene.

Will Straw of McGill University Montreal will be a the guest at the 10th Berliner Nachtung on January 23rd to discuss whether and how media and media consumption are different at night from during the day. He will be followed by Julle Oksanen from the Light & Space Academy and Andreas Jechow (IGB), who will report on the darkest places in Europe. The lectures and discussions will be held in English or German with pretzels and wine. Admission is free, a donation is requested and ideas for further exciting topics and speakers are always welcome.

The initiative originated from the interdisciplinary research network Loss of Night which has been investigating the effects of artificial light at night since 2010. The initiators come from the fields of physics, ecology and urban and regional planning and would like to have their own institute to investigate the social differences between day and night: a place where ecology, economy and the legal concerns of the night are investigated in studies.

Further information on the series of events can be found here.

Contact person

Sibylle Schroer

Scientific Coordinator Sustainability Research
Research group
Light Pollution and Ecophysiology

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