Researcher's Night 2013

This year it is the first time that our Institute of Ecology and Botany (IEB) among many others joins the programme series of Researcher's Night!

We provide several opportunities during this event at different sites of our Institute from 15:00 to 18:30.

Registration for these programmes is available at the homepage of Researcher's Night: HERE!

Participation is for free! If you wish to take part as a group in a programme which is not bound to registration please inform us in advance at: 06 (28) 360 122 / 131 extension or at

Our programmes:

„How big is your footprint?” - Guided interactive exhibition

The „How big is your footprint?” permanent exhibition is located at the ground floor of the CarbonHouse (KarbonHáz - an exhibition and conference centre built according to passive house principles), and it can be visited within this event with the guiding of a researcher of our Institute!
The exhibition introduces the visitors to the importance and consequences of climate change, its’ impact on biodiversity, the different types of renewable energy and the GEOTHERM project.
You can visit a model-like climate friendly home showing several opportunities how to save energy. The visitor can face his/her responsibility in changing the mode of life and consumer attitudes. Is consumption and the accumulation of goods the only way to increase well-being? What can we do?

Scents locked in cells - extracting volatile oils in a laboratory

The participans of this programme can have a journey in the wonderful world of nature's fragrances. Some remarkable medicinal plants and herbs - nature's most excellent source of fragrances - can be touched and smelled challenging their sense-organs.
You can get an insight of how fragrances travel from plant cells to products found on the selves of stores by watching how volatile oils - responsible for the intense fragrance of plants among many other substances - are extracted the most frequently.

Smell, play and ask! - Fragrant plants and their use

Smell, play and ask to learn as much as possible about plants containing volatile oils! Many kinds of plants containing volatile oils are used in phytotherapy. They draw our attention by their pleasant scents, no wonder that these probably are the most well known among medicinal plants. This characteristic makes it easy to memorize and distinguish them. Come to Vácrátót for our Researchers Night event to widen your knowledge while playing and to get your questions answered.

Can you recognize medicinal plants by their fragrance?
Try to tell which plant is which by their photos!
Find its matching pair! What are the uses of medicinal plants? Can volatile oils cause harmful effects?

Herbs and spices in food science

Your food is your life. You are what you eat. Trees and plants: what your health wants. You hear these phrases a lot. In the Researcher's Night you can learn about balanced diets and healthy foods from a dietetic expert in a free conversation after a brief professional presentation.
You can see whether you have and ideal body weight or you are overweight/too thin by the BMI (body mass index) calculator. Our guests can have their body fat percentage measurement taken. Our programme can not exclude special herbs and spices because this year scents and fragrances take the leading role in the Vácrátót chapter of this series of events. Which food macthes whitch spice and/or herb? What are the medicinal benefits of spices and herbs?

Plants of the future - The Pannon Seed Bank

The permanent interactive exhibition at Berkenyeház Visitor Centre on the diversity of plants and their role in our lives highlights the connection between research in ecology and the elements of the global environmental crisis, furthermore presents our Institute's scientific results in this topic.

The Pannon Seed Bank was founded in Hungary to collect and store the seeds of a certain percentage of the pannonian flora of flowering plants. Please come and learn more about this large scale project! Feel free to ask your questions from research fellows involved in this work. Why is a seed bank necessary in our region? How and where these seed samples are stored in order to keep their viability and germinating ability?
Our visitors can play games about the topic of the Pannon Seed Bank!

You can find our detailed programme at the homepage of Researcher's Night HERE!

Our guests are welcome!