On Friday 29 September 2023, the European Night of Researchers returns to Italy, the only public event at European level that promotes the dissemination of scientific culture. Games, shows, insights, workshops open to adults, live experiments: there are hundreds of squares throughout the country that will be animated for the Research Night with the aim of making known - in a fun and stimulating way - the profession of the researcher and the excellence of research, and thus increase the interest of young people for scientific careers.
The initiative has been supported by the European Commission since 2005.
It is relaunched in Italy by the Ministry of University and Research (MUR) together with all the Research Institutions protagonists of a full calendar of events throughout the country. LaNotte della Ricerca has the patronage of the MUR.
Every year Research Night attracts more than 1 million visitors across Europe. This year the event will take place in 26 European countries thanks also to funding from the European Commission with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and funds from the HORIZON-MSCA-2022-CITIZENS-01 (MSCA-CITIZENS) programme.
Eight projects funded by the EU for Italy: a European record. Italy is in fact the country with the largest number of projects that can count on Community resources, which is not only a great recognition for all the researchers involved, but also allows to offer a great variety and quantity of events, all strictly free and for everyone to connect researchers and students by creating informal opportunities for meeting and comparison.
The Italian projects funded are BlueNIGHTs (CNR), BRIGHT-NIGHT (University of Florence), LEAF (Frascati Scienza), Sharper (Psiquadro), SOCIETY riPENSAci (CNR), S.T.R.E.E.T.S.
(University of Naples Federico II), SuperscienceMe (University of Calabria), U*Night - The Researchers' Night (University of Turin). But there are also many associated projects such as ERN Apulia (University of Salento), NET (CNR) and many others that will carry out activities for the Night even in the absence of specific economic support.
The projects, the protagonists, the cities involved and the activities carried out are available on the dedicated online portal: nottedeiricercatori.it.
To make the action of the 2022-2023 edition even more widespread, the European Commission has formalized a real work package (Work Package) intitolatoResearchers@School, which includes all the activities that develop during the school year. These actions bring thousands of researchers into schools, enabling teachers and pupils3 to engage with them on important topical issues such as climate change, sustainable development, health or nutrition. But it is above all an opportunity to learn about this fantastic profession, its strategies, the scientific method and the critical approach, fundamental tools to face current and future challenges with optimism, concreteness and foresight.
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