The University of Alicante will be part of the “European Night of Research” (European Researchers’ Night), project of scientific dissemination promoted and funded by the European Commission as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions. The new edition, which will take place on next september Within the framework of the MEDNIGHT 2021 – Mediterranean Night of Researchers project, it expands its offer with around 40 actions coordinated by researchers of all the Faculties and Higher Polytechnic School of the UA.
Bringing science closer to society
Faculty and students are preparing interesting and attractive workshops, conferences, an astronomical observation, games, exhibitions, routes and scientific demonstrations in virtual format specially designed for primary, secondary and general population students. “A bet on bring science closer to society, especially to children and young people, with the aim of promote scientific and technological vocations”, Explains the vice-rector for Transfer, Innovation and Scientific Dissemination of the UA, María Jesús Pastor.
Is about activities of special interest both for future university students and teachers, since they will be made available to schools and institutes to be worked in the classroom both before, during and after from September 24, 2021, official date from European Research Night. “It is admirable the effort and commitment that our teaching and research staff, students and administration and services staff carry out every year to show the whole of society part of the work they do every day in classrooms, offices and laboratories,” he adds the vice chancellor.
Outside the university campus located in San Vicente del Raspeig, the Marine Research Center (CIMAR), located in Santa Pola, and the Torretes Biological Station-Ibi Botanical Garden will offer visits and workshops in small groups to bring the research work, awareness and dissemination that takes place in these centers. The Alicante City University Venue it will host various actions related to women and science.
In collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Alicante City Council, a route to discover the geological secrets of Alicante. During this tour and different stops, teachers and students will explain the geological heritage of the city with a scientific and informative approach.
Finally, also in the city of Alicante, The Library of Happy Books, an emblematic place of the Notarial College of Valencia fruit of the donation of bibliographic funds of the Fundación Familia Desantes de Mergelina, will house workshops with reduced places on the science that the books hide and its evolution to current formats.
Face-to-face activities will be subject to prior registration and will take place in small groups attending to sanitary measures scheduled for September 24, 2021.
Since 2018, the University of Alicante participate in the actions related to the European Research Night through UA Divulga, Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC + i). This project, dependent on the Vice-Rector’s Office for Scientific Transfer, Innovation and Dissemination and the Communication Unit, has the endorsement of the Spanish Foundation of Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
In previous editions, in face-to-face format, the event reached a successful participation of around 5,000 people of all ages. In a random survey of those attending the event, the general assessment of this action was 9.05 out of 10. In its 2020 edition, also held in virtual format due to covid-19, exceeded 10,000 views.
MEDNIGHT 2021, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement, is made up of a consortium of 13 entities of Spain (Comunitat Valenciana and Región de Murcia), Greece and Cyprus, among which is the University of Alicante.
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