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European Researchers' Night 2017: will take place in over 300 cities in Italy with the aim of bringing science and the work of researchers closer to citizens and in particular to young people and students.
The European Researchers' Night is supported by the European Commission as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, an EU program with the aim of promoting the careers of researchers in Europe and recruiting new researchers. It takes place every year throughout Europe on the last Friday of September and allows citizens to meet scientists and researchers in person who will show in an interactive and engaging way what they are actually doing for our society.
The European Researchers' Night is now in its 12th edition. Since the first edition in 2005, the event has enjoyed increasing success, seeing the number of participants and visitors constantly grow. In 2016, more than 17,000 researchers from 24 European Union nations participated: the meetings were held in about 300 European cities, many of them in Italy, attracting more than one million people involved in interactive activities.
In 2017, 27 states will participate with events in 340 cities in Europe!
The role of Frascati Scienza in the European Researchers' Night
As every year, Frascati Science will play a leading role in the event, opening the laboratories of the great Italian institutions, real protagonists of research.
For a week, from 23 to 30 September it will be possible to visit the workshops of the following excellences:
- ASI, the Italian Space Agency
- CINECA, a non-profit Interuniversity Consortium made up of 70 Italian universities *, 8 National Research Bodies and the MIUR.
- CREA, Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics
- ESA-ESRIN, European Space Agency-European Space Research Institute
- GARR, the national ultra-broadband network dedicated to the education and research community.
- INAF, National Institute of Astrophysics
- INFN, National Institute of Nuclear Physics
- INGV, National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology
- ISPRA, Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research
- the ISS, National Institute of Health
- Sapienza University of Rome
- Sardinia Research
- the University of Cagliari
- the University of Cassino
- the LUMSA University of Rome and Palermo
- the University of Parma
- the University of Rome "Tor Vergata"
- the University of Roma Tre
- the University of Sassari
- the University of Tuscia
- the astronomical observatory of Gorga (RM)
- the GAL Hassin Foundation of Isnello (PA)
The common thread of the events organized by Frascati Scienza will be theMade in Science, to symbolize a science understood as a real "knowledge chain" because everything that surrounds us is science and the essential tool for knowing, explaining and interpreting the world is precisely the scientific method.
In our daily life each of us uses objects whose existence is exclusively due to scientific research without even thinking about them. For this reason, not only Laboratories and Institutions are “Made in Science” but each of us and scientific research is much closer to us than we can imagine.
There European Researchers' Night it is therefore an opportunity to show our gratitude to those who dedicate their work and their sight to create innovation.
European Researchers' Night: some of the scheduled events not to be missed
Starting with Milan, the city where our IdeeGreen is based, we point out the laboratory entitled Radiolab: on the trail of radioactivity organized by the INFN of Milan. There radioactivity it is a natural phenomenon that can be found everywhere: at home, in food, in one's body, even in the air we breathe. Knowing it, understanding how it interacts with biological matter and how it can be measured, allows us to discuss in a more objective way the problems associated with it. Also in Milan at the National Museum of Science and Technology, for the science trips section, "Extreme, in search of particles ", that is an exciting journey into particle physics. INFN researchers in Milan will be available throughout the extraordinary opening night of the National Museum of Science and Technology to allow visitors to visit the fascinating Extreme exhibition, created in collaboration with INFN and CERN.
Frascati, at the gates of Rome, will be peacefully "invaded" by researchers from all disciplines with the two locations, the Valadier Walls and the Aldobrandini Stables that are already preparing to welcome thousands of onlookers from all over the province.
Among the events to report the presence of the writer and astrophysicist Licia Troisi which will accompany the public on a real journey through invented worlds that have often found correspondence in the discoveries of astronomy. In "Interstellar physics"The astrophysicist and popularizer Luca Perri will tell on which solid scientific theories the film by Christopher Nolan, winner of several Oscars is based (In Milan, this initiative held at the planetarium was a great success, even among the youngest!).
And again the biologist and popularizer Lisa Vozza with the cartoons by Andy Ventura in "Vaccines of the global era" they will talk about vaccines and how they are built while the author Lorenzo Monaco in “Jules Verne, Extraordinary Journeys in Science” will present a game-conference which will stage a selection of Verne's books, each of which will house a product of scientific research from the 1800s, a century that starts on horseback and ends with horsepower.
Also Viterbo participate in the Researchers' Night with initiatives ranging from guided tours to'Angelo Rambelli' Botanical Garden of the University of Tuscia at various conferences organized by the same university, which will begin with the meeting entitled "From the big screen to the smartphone“, Which intends to analyze the changes given by HD mobile devices and digital content distribution platforms that have upset the panorama of audiovisual narration in a few years.
The city of Naples will organize a surprise for its citizens who will pass through the “Municipio” Metro Line 1 Station. Inside the station, some of the most relevant research activities involving the INFN Neapolitan researchers. In particular, the search for gravitational waves, neutrinos from the distant cosmos, the application of particle detectors for radiography of volcanoes and underground cavities present in the metropolitan area of Naples.
TO Palermo at the Gallery of Modern Art, conference The Art between Law and Economics by the teachers of LUMSA and the Director of the GAM.
TO Bari the physicists of the Bari section of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), will open the laboratory Faciamo Scienza which aims to bring visitors, especially young and very young, closer to physical phenomena through the use of games or "special effects ".
TO Cagliari the show 'The magic of chemistry' will be staged, a series of chemical reactions and physical phenomena with surprising effects for a non-professional audience, designed to generate amazement and curiosity, to demonstrate that Chemistry is not just formulas and problems, but it can also be fun and engaging.
TO Chaff at the headquarters of Sardinia Smartphonica Research - Science in your pocket intends to show how today innovation, creativity and art are more and more concepts linked to new digital technologies and in particular to the potential for using smartphones and tablets.
TO Catania guided tours will be organized inside the experimental rooms of the INFN National Laboratories of the South (LNS). The tours will also include a visit to the accelerators and some experimental rooms. Space then to seminars where we will also talk about gravitational waves, one of the main themes of contemporary physics.
The ultra-broadband of the GARR network will be the protagonist a Cassino for the spectacular remote concert with the Conservatory of Cosenza. Laboratories open to Engineering: “why the bicycle pedal broke” and “discovering thermodynamics”. In schools we will "play with science" and with HeGO cultural assets will "socialize". Crowdfunding opportunities with “Crowd & Drink”. TO Frosinone inauguration of the exhibition “Donne in Gioco. From 1946 to today ".
Lecce prepares for European Researchers' Night with an interesting exhibition "From the subatomic scale to the intergalactic scale". The researchers of the Lecce section of INFN and of the University of Salento will create a guided tour, designed for both young people and a general public, with contents concerning the physics of fundamental interactions and astrophysics. The public will be able to follow short shows inside a planetarium through the projection of the bodies that populate the celestial vault.
Returning to northern Italy, a Ferrara "Physics without borders" will be held, laboratories and scientific games organized by the INFN Ferrara section. In particular, interactive experiments on physics topics will be performed to bring both young people and adults closer to the world of science. The experiments will be explained, carried out and interpreted in rotation by the researchers, together with the public directly involved.
There are also numerous initiatives by Parma, between these: "Internet of Things Laboratory " at the University of Parma. How has the internet evolved and what is the relationship with Big Data? To find out how everything that forms the world around us can have an electronic identity, such as the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and other technologies (such as the best known the QR code). Space also for scientific aperitifs with Eat & Drink but THINK. Through the instrument of the Scientific Cafes and Science Pills, some moments of "dialogue" with the city will be organized, in various points such as bookshops, bars, courtyards and spaces not normally used for this type of activity.
TO Pavia six days dedicated to science and knowledge. It begins with an "Aperiscienza" and "Coulomb's Botta - Answer and you are champion in CHARGE" to challenge each other between teams of friends in a race to see who knows more in science. Other events include "Pills of science" and "The spirit of Copenhagen" a theatrical show on the human implications of science at the turn of the 20s and 30s of the twentieth century. Grand finale then with a physics stand at the Arnaboldi Dome and an open day at CNAO.
TO Trieste, the physicists of Trieste section of the INFN they will open the doors to citizens to illustrate the main research activities, from particle physics to nuclear physics, from astroparticles to medical physics, passing through research in theoretical physics. The event, entitled The infinitely small, is aimed at everyone and at upper secondary school.
However, you can read the complete and updated program of the events of the Researchers' Night on the website of Frascati Science, www.frascatiscienza.it/.
European Researchers' Night 2017: the official teaser video
For the readers of IdeeGreen, a preview of the official teaser video that shows some moments of the 2016 edition and which certainly invites you to not miss this 2017 appointment!
Frascati Science will be one of our primary interlocutors as in addition to coordinating all the activities of the Tuscan area, an area of the Lazio Region that has many of the most important research infrastructures in Italy and Europe, it will be present in many cities from north to Peninsula, including islands: Bari, Cagliari, Carbonia, Cassino, Cave, Cosenza, Ferrara, Frascati, Frosinone, Gorga, Isnello, Lecce, Milan, Monte Porzio Catone, Naples, Palermo, Parma, Pavia, Rome, Sassari, Trieste, Viterbo .
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