An opportunity to get closer to the fascinating world of science and get in touch with the people who have made scientific research their daily mission. The European Researchers’ Night is an event conceived by the European Commission with the aim of spreading scientific culture. Taking place annually on the last Friday and Saturday of September, this year it will be held on 24 and 25 September. Among the academic institutions participating in the initiative, three belong to the EUniWell network: the University of Florence, Linnaeus University and Semmelweis University. Each of them offers a programme with the common goal of sparking the curiosity and interest among citizens of all ages in the world of research. Building a better world, respectful of the environment and of people's rights is one of the recurring themes of the many initiatives - conferences, seminars, workshops, games - organised for the Researchers’ Night.
At the University of Florence, a series of conferences are scheduled for 24 September at the Botanical Garden: particularly “Soil, a (crypto) strategic and non-renewable resource”; “Greenhouse gases and fertilisers: sustainable agriculture”; “The water Planetary Boundary: the planetary limits to water consumption and how to respect them”.
A number of sessions will be held at the Museum of Geology and Palaeontology on 25 September, including “Past and present of marine ecosystems” and “Reflections on the environment from the Pliocene to Dante”. The complete programme is available online.
Linnaeus University is organising a number of lectures - digital only this year - aimed at primary and secondary school pupils, where classes can “borrow a researcher” and listen to their lecture. The programme offers, among others, the lectures “How can the trees get better in the city?” and “Maintaining the quality of machinery: meaning for the environment, economy and welfare” (both in Swedish), others will be available in English such as “Engineering smarter self-adaptive software systems with reuse”.
The complete program is available online.
Semmelweis University has been participating in the Researchers’ Night for more than 10 years. Every year, thousands of people are interested in the University’s spectacular and unconventional programmes, which give access to areas that are otherwise closed to the public. This year, the initiative offers a number of lectures such as Microbiome Twin Research: What are the hidden secrets of gut bacteria? (open for everyone, registration is needed, language Hungarian). Other events allow young people to discover the beauty of the medical field and provides those considering a career in healthcare with a thorough introduction to the institution (among the events: Focus on Autoimmune Joint Infection).
For more information, please go to https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/event/2021-european-researchers-night
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