The Barcelona Science Park takes part in the European Researchers’ Night
More than a hundred students from three educational institutions attended the Barcelona Science Park today to take part in the “Research Morning”, an initiative developed as part of the European Researchers’ Night in Catalonia. The European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide public event promoted by the European Commission -within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme-, which displays the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives in fun, inspiring ways. This event is held in more than 300 cities in 26 countries in Europe at the same time, the week of September 26 to October 2.
Within the framework of this initiative, the Barcelona Science Park has offered more than 120 ESO and baccalaureate students a total of four guided tours of its facilities in order to learn how a medicine is made by researchers, in one of Europe’s benchmark ecosystems for research, technology transfer and innovation in life sciences. Then, students and tutors also visited the Dones que van canviar el món (Women who changed the world) exhibition, where they have been able to reflect on the real role of women in science.
The event has been coordinated by the Scientific Outreach Area of the Park within Research in Society programme, an initiative that the Barcelona Science Park launched in 2003 to bring science closer to citizens and encourage vocations among young people. Currently, it encompasses more than 100 activities, attracting around 5,000 participants each year.
Research in Society is backed by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, and the Barcelona City Council. In 2016, the programme has been awarded with the Educational Quality Label from Barcelona’s Pedagogical Coordination Council (CCP) set up by the Barcelona Municipal Institute of Education (IMEB).
European Researchers’ Night
The European Researchers’ Night is a public event dedicated to the dissemination of science. Its aim is to bring research and its protagonists closer to audiences of all ages, and to make research and innovation known in a fun and flat way. So, the population will have the opportunity to learn about the scientific advances that are being made in the territory by the researchers themselves.
This event is held on the last Friday of September each year. Thanks to its popularity (the event attracts more than a million visitors from all over Europe), it has been extended during the previous days and the weekend.
In addition to all the face-to-face programming, which includes talks, workshops, fairs and guided tours to activities in institutes and schools as part of the “Research Morning”, online programming will also be offered on the YouTube channel of the Research Night , where the public will be able to find a large number of micro-talks on the most diverse topics.