All around Europe on Friday night, September 28th researchers and scientists are taking to the streets to talk with citizens, tourists and curious people of all ages.
Since 2005, the fourth Friday of September has been devoted to the European Researchers’ Night, an event that boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people. Venetonight is the Researchers’ Night of the Veneto region that takes place in Padua, Verona and Venice.
Universities and research entities open their doors to host free public events, guided tours, entertainment activities and workshops for even the youngest visitors. Everyone has a chance to take part in experiments and shows, visit the workplaces of scientists and to use the most recent technology in the field.
Whether you are a science lover or not, without a doubt, you will find something to astonish and delight!
“For one night, everyone can be a scientist!”
In Padua, there is a wide array of workshops and games from drones to Mars discoveries, from virtual art to robots and insects, too! Indeed, if the world of insects attracts you, don’t miss the labs and the visit to Esapolis, the biggest Italian museum dedicated to these tiny animals.
Take note that in Venice this event will last for an entire week from Friday, September 28th to Thursday, October 4th . Workshops, labs, guided visits, lectures in the name of research and scientific information- there will be plenty to choose from!
Furthermore, the Venetian Researchers’ Night touches upon some additional subjects which orbit around the theme of INVISIBLE– that is, all those aspects of scientific research which do not reveal themselves to the senses, but whose influence shape our daily lives. Some examples of these challenges are: climate change, multicultural relations, and the conservation of cultural goods. Among the collateral events related to these topics, Ca’ Foscari University hosts the worldwide tour’s final stage of the biggest festival of art and technology in Russia- “Weather Forecast: Digital Cloudiness”. Created by the Cyland Media Art Lab of Saint Petersburg, the artists have to deal with the technologies that permeate our daily lives.
All events are free and open to the public.
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