The biennial Night of Science, hosted by the Heinrich Heine University, is a free event open to the public that aims to bring together various institutes based in Duesseldorf for a showcase and discussion of their most salient research. At this year’s gathering, held on the evening of September 9 at Duesseldorf’s Schadowplatz, Professor Stefan Spinler and Professor Sascha L. Schmidt from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management were in attendance, addressing and teaching an audience excited about the future of science. This was the second time that WHU had a presence at the event, which was initially started in 2013.
The topics en vogue at this year’s Night of Science certainly ran the gamut, with everything from linguistics and AI to toxicology and music on the agenda. Professor Spinler, Chairholder of Logistics Management, ran an information booth on supply chains and how they could become more robust in the future. After continuous disruptions caused by the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic resonated with the booth’s visitors, who were quick to point out the sudden disappearance of basic goods from otherwise plentifully stocked supermarkets.
Professor Schmidt, Chairholder of the Center for Sports and Management, gave a presentation on the future of sports—for athletes, consumers, and management alike—and bantered with his audience. “I am very happy about this late slot,” he ribbed during his lecture, “because whoever is sitting here on a Friday night at 10:00 P.M. in Duesseldorf really wants to learn something!” With a series of booths, lectures, and a large “Action Tent,” the Night of Science offers their all-ages audience a chance to enter the discourse around a variety of subjects in a stress-free and open environment.
More information about the event can be found here.