Long Night of Science 2016
The Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition" presented itself to the public during the "Long night of science - Berlin/Potsdam" on the 11th of May 2016. The event took place in the foyer and atrium of the Leibniz headquarters in Berlin-Mitte. Visitors could test their hearing ability by trying to identify various grains hidden in little tins, their brains were put to work in a quiz, and brawn as well as stamina was needed for the milking competition. By this the Research Alliance partners imparted all kinds of trivia, like the realisation that tiny cereals in tiny boxes all sound very much alike and that for milking one needs quite a magical touch as well as strength - which still doesn't make it too easy. And in turning homewards every guest had learned some tidbits - for example that humanity has cultivated grains for over 10.000 years (6.000-8.000 years in Europe), that winter wheat is harvested in July and August, that freehold is spelt, harvested in an unripe stadium, and that snacks with insects can indeed be edible.