Friday, September 30, 2016

There is a science to “untangle” the European Night of Researchers – the Renaissance (press release)

The European Night of Researchers, an initiative of the European Commission, is marked this Friday in Lisbon, Oporto and Braga.

In Lisbon, between 18h00 and midnight, will be more than 250 scientists between the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon, the Principe Real Square and Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

visitors can participate in over 90 activities, from workshops, experimental activities, discussions, a cafe of science and a "quiz". There will also be demonstrations and a cultural offer which includes, for example, a “classroom” of traditional dances in europe.

The National Museum of Natural History and Science will open doors at night. The exhibition will have free entry. The public may, for example, talk with scientists about the creatures the protagonists of the exhibition " Dinosaurs that lived on our Land".

In the Harbor, in addition to demonstrations, interactive games and "quizzes", the program account with experiences of virtual reality, guided visits to the Botanical Garden, including an expedition naturalist in the style of the NINETEENTH century and a reconnaissance mission of the wildlife that lurks in ponds and lakes.

In Braga, the European Night of the Researchers is going to happen in the Museum D. Diogo de Sousa, with experiences ranging from biology to psychology.

to Attract young people to science

The director of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Fernando Santana, says the Renaissance that "untangle the science" is the main objective of the initiative.

The European Night of the Researchers is intended "to show that science has a social relevance, that is, that, with her, if you are doing something that, more day less day, translates into utility for all citizens", underlines Fernando Santana.

Another of the objectives is to attract more young people to science, a point that is "very important because the development of knowledge is essential for the development of society".


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