Goethe University’s Night of Science Yields Night of Live Streaming

by Nicole Wise on July 5, 2012

1 night.

54 lectures. 

24 recordings. 

16 live streams. 

That’s the super jam-packed schedule for Night of Science, which took place June 22 at Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. And thanks to Mediasite’s live webcasting capabilities, anyone anywhere in the world could watch in real time or on-demand. 

The annual scientific festival is student-run and student-financed. Since it first began in 2006, it has grown to become the largest event of its kind in Germany that uses live streaming technology to share the academic presentations with a worldwide audience. 

This year Night of Science went from 5 p.m. to 6 a.m. The Lecture Capture Group of the university’s computer center (MultiMedia Goethe University) captured five lectures consecutively, recording more than 20 hours in total. Four of the five sites were captured from the school’s new lecture hall building outfitted with four Mediasite RL Recorders, and the school also used its mobile Mediasite ML Recorder to do live webcasts through the night.  

“We were able to leverage our Mediasite installation to provide live streaming and recording facilities for the Night of Science, which is now one of the biggest streamed and recorded academic events in Germany,” said Ullrich Grimm-Allio, multi-media specialist from the Mediasite team at Goethe University.

Many other scientific and cultural events, experiments, food stands and – to make it an official German event -- a beer tent were also among the festivities. 

You can watch the 24 presentations recorded via Mediasite here.

You’ll find a pretty diverse set of topics from “The Origin of Life: The Evolution of the World and Ideas” to “French Fries, Coke & Co. and the Duet of Lifestyle and Genetics” to “The Good Vibrations of Beer.” It’s safe to say there’s something for everybody. (Head’s up on our English speaking readers - they’re all in German.)

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what Goethe University is using Mediasite for, though. It’s also using Mediasite for live event webcasting of annual poetry lectures and Frankfurt Children’s University events and it even live streamed a visit from the Dalai Lama, which has received over 3,000 views to date. 

Mediasite is also being used in the classroom. For example, Maya Tutughamiarso, a graduate student, used it to teach a class from Frankfurt to students in Indonesia. 

You can learn more about academic webcasting and lecture capture at Goethe University by watching Ullrich’s presentation, “From Hosted to High Availability in 12 Months,” presented at the Mediasite User Group Europe Forum in January in Amsterdam. 

 

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