Thursday, September 24, 2015

Education : European Reseachers' Night is Wonder-ful !

The European Researchers' Night celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Families, school pupils, students, came along and found out why 'Science is Wonderful!

All the events will take place - simultaneously - on 25 September across Europe and beyond. More than 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

At the Tallinn City Museum, in Estonia, those with an interest in science will be able to learn how to make masks to protect themselves from infectious diseases. In Poznan, Poland, car race enthusiasts will see how a Formula 1 car is built. The Public Library in Birmingham, UK, will allow visitors to generate their own hologram and take it home with them. But there is much, much more.

E Agora Frankenstein?
foto: Francisca Miranda

The Marionet and the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra defy researchers from all areas of knowledge to create and act a theatre play that will be presented during the European Researchers’ Night, on September 25th among other activities
This year, the International Year of Light as stated by UNESCO, the them we will explore will be… LIGHT.
Sounds amazing! In Coimbra, Portugal.

The European Researchers' Night  takes place every year all over Europe and beyon the last Friday of September. 

Schools, families, will have the opportunity to become a scientist for a day, discovering different scientific disciplines and, most of all, have fun.


Reserachers' Night offers the opportunity to discover research facilities that are usually not open to public such as:

  • laboratories; 
  • research centres; Planeatariums;
  • museum collections;

Families and schools (students, teachers) can use the most recent technologies and instruments with the guidance of scientists, participate in experiments, competitions and quizzes, watch demonstrations and simulations, exchange ideas and party with the researchers.

Last 23 September 2015 in Brussels, the 10th Anniversary of the European Researchers' Night celebrated science in the EU with an event at the Autoworld Museum in Brussels open for all. 

For 10 years, the European Researchers' Night has brought science to the masses with events across Europe. 

credits: © christelleg

In Brussels, in the margins of this year's edition, the European Commission organised, on 23 September, "Science is wonder-ful", a special event to look back at the best of the European Researchers' Nights over the last decade.

This year’s European Researchers’ Night is based around the theme of ‘Science is Wonder-ful!’

The annual event celebrates science whilst encouraging young people to pursue careers in research; the Europe-wide event is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

The European Researchers' Night attracts over 1 million people every year. This mega event offers visitors a unique opportunity to meet researchers and take part in science activities aiming to showcase both the fascination of research as a career and its significant societal impact.


Live experiments, face-to-face chats with current researchers, quick-fire 3-minute presentations of projects from the people involved and an exhibition of the top inventions and discoveries given life thanks to EU support are just some of what's in store at the anniversary event. 

A different and exciting Science lesson for sure ! A live lesson! Teachers and students can join other groups of students and educators that will be everywhere  participating in some  awesome live pedagogical experiences.

Let your students meet the real scientists, talk to them, make some curious questions, understand the real meaning of Science.

Don't miss the European Researchers' Night 2015!

The events are free to attend and open to the public, including families and schools.

Where to go:
Do you want to take part of an event in your city? With your students, your family, friends on your own, you will find yourself exploring science in engaging ways. 

Use the interactive map, to see what events and activities are organised this year.

The events offer a wide variety of fun-learning activities, from behind-the-scenes guided tours of research labs, planetariums that are normally closed to the public, through funny interactive science shows, to hands-on experiments or workshops.

Mobile devices :

Of course tablets, iphones, smartphones are allowed. Students can and do use technology to support their learning but they need to be guided to do so responsibly by their teachers. Nobody thinks to let the students use smatphones without a careful and teacher guide.

These devices are important to improve learning, on this event, to take pictures, to note interesting ideas, to register some fun activity or a good little interview to a scientist, to contact classmates other city or country, to share the most exciting activities of the night.

Students will discuss their activities and experimentations in science lessons   next Monday.

Social media:

Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook profiles from a lot of European schools or Twitter profiles linked to European Researchers' Night 2015 will be exciting to contact other schools and share different points of vue about all the activities.

Don't miss the European Researchers' Night nexy Friday, 26 September 2015! I'll be around.

Science is wonder-ful !


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