Thursday, September 29, 2016

Schools : European Researchers' Night : Science is Wonder-ful !

The European Researchers' Night celebrates its 11th anniversary this year. Families, school pupils, students, came along and found out why 'Science is Wonderful!

All the events will take place - simultaneously - on Friday 30 September, in over 250 cities across Europe and neighbouring countries.

In Brussels, in the framework of this year's edition, the European Commission and the European Parliament are organising "Science is wonder-ful", a special event to illustrate the achievements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie researchers.

On the 28 September 2016 in Brussels, the European Commission jointly with the Parlamentarium was organising a European Researchers' Night event open for all to enjoy science while learning about the EU institutions, the journey of the European integration, and their impact on our daily lives. 

The night event presents projects from Marie Skłodowska-Curie researchers in order to get people, especially young people, interested and engaged in science and research.

Live experiments, face-to-face chats with current researchers, a trip through the European Union integration, and a debate, are only some of what is on offer at this event in Brussels.


For 11 years, the European Researchers' Night has brought science to the masses with events across Europe. 

If you could become a hero for a day, what kind of hero would you be? One that fights cancer or global warming, prevents hunger or drought, invents devices to counteract handicaps, dreams about making human life possible in space..?

The European Researchers' Night invites you to meet the heroes of science; that is to say, the researchers from different disciplines whose fascinating work can change our lives.

With family, friends, your school or on your own, you will "become a scientist for a day", participate in science activities and, most of all, have fun!

Don't miss this mega event! And with your students experience what it is like to be a hero. They will discover the fascination of research as a career and its significant societal impact.

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

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

Where to go:
Do you want to take part of an event in your city? With your students, your family, friends or 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.

If you are in France, see  Nuit Européenne des Chercheur.e.s or in Portugal, see Noite Europeia dos Investigadores: #NEI2016.

For other countries in Europe, use the interactive map.

Why attend?

Often billed as school and family events, the European Researchers' Night in fact appeals to people of all ages – whether with their school, their family, friends or on their own "intrigued by how things work and by what science means for their lives."

Many of these popular science events will let you go behind the scenes, e.g. to labs that are usually closed to the public. 

Students may discover the scientist in you while being part of a Europe-wide mega event.

Mobile devices :

Of course tablets, iphones, smartphones are allowed. Students can and do use technology to support their science learning but they need to be guided to do so responsibly by their teachers. 

These devices are important to improve learning, on such events, to register their experiences, to note interesting ideas, or a good little interview with a scientist, to share the most exciting activities of the night and discuss them next Science lesson.

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 2016 will be exciting to contact other schools and share different points of vue about all the activities.

Don't miss the European Researchers' Night tomorrow, the 30 September 2016! I'll be around.

Science is wonder-ful !

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