Increasing awareness of the impact of science on everyday life, boosting public recognition of researchers’ work and sparking interests of young people in science & research: this is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and Citizens!
Project results are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:
Enhanced opportunities to interact with citizens and local, regional and national authorities;
Improved communication skills and competences to interact with a non-research audience, notably with pupils and students.
Increased reputation and visibility of participating organisations in terms of hosting excellence research projects towards the general public and possible future students;
Researchers’ work made more tangible, concrete, accessible, and thus opening research and science to all;
Improved outreach to all audiences, and notably those who do not have an easy access to science and research activities;
Better communication of R&I results and activities to society, increased and strengthened opportunities for citizens’ engagement.
The European Researchers’ Night takes place every year, on the last Friday of September. It supports events that can last up to two days: they can start on Friday and continue the following day. Pre-events, prior to the main event, and related post-events, such as wrap-up meetings or small-scale follow-up events, can also be organised.
It is the occasion for a Europe-wide public and media event for the promotion of research careers, in particular focused on young people and their families.
The European Researchers’ Night targets the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on families, pupils and students, and notably those who do not have easy access to, and thus are less inclined to engage in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) or research activities.
The European Researchers’ Night will also bring researchers to schools to interact with pupils at any time during the project duration. The Researchers at Schools activities will allow researchers and pupils to interact on societal challenges and on the key role of research to address them. Pupils will thus also learn directly about research projects and initiatives related to EU main priorities.