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RN1617 Report Summary

Project ID: 722273
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RN1617 (Researchers4Humanity)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

European Researchers Night -R4H- 2016 continued the series of events already organized in Romania from 2007.
The event builded a strong link between public and research through this important message of relevance: what science and researchers do are useful for daily life, and their life is as everyone’s elses.
Important players from science and education joined forces in creating the most important national wide project. The public was invited to come, play, talk and learn about researchers and to understand how science can be used in the benefit of humanity.
Based on the outstanding awareness of the European dimension of the event that was created throughout the years, Researchers Night 2016 confirmed as being one of the most important communication event for research and education institutions.
The national platform growed, and new cities joined. The researcheres, teachers and students got involved and promoted in their area the work that they performed.
Over 38.000 visitors took part in the activities offered in 2016, over 200 researchers got involved in the activities offered and over 650.000 people were made aware of the European Researchers' Night and its objectives. Partnerships were continued at national and local level.
The event itself was organized by Target Active Training and Invenio Association in 15 cities from Romania and over 17 venues.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Awareness campaign
o Conception, production and display of promotional materials, such as posters of various formats, flyers, stickers, billboards, , T-shirts;
o Public advertising: outdoors banners, billboards in main streets of the cities involved, advertising on public transport (bus ads), display of promotional spot through GETICA OOH screens in the public spaces;
o Publication of 2 national press releases one prior and one after the event:
o Airing of promotional spots, announcements, interviews, advertising on national TV and radio stations: Romania TV, Digi TV, TVR, Blitz TV, Radio Romania Cultural, Kiss FM, Pro FM;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website, namely noapteacercetatorilor.eu;
o Organisation of pre-events: teasers in educational institutions throughout the whole country;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social network profiles, namely Facebook, Instagram, YouTube:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ResearchersNightRomania
https://www.instagram.com/noapteacercetatoriloreuropeni/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Researchers4Humanity;
o Publication of over 180 articles on-line;
o Over 650.000 people made aware of the European Researchers' night and its objectives.

Activities during the Night
o Offer of the activities as planned in the Annex I part B to the Grant Agreement, orgnaised around the following topics:
- Earth Sciences;
- Human Performance: sport and medicine researchers;
- Social Sciences: linguists, historians and any other researcher in socio-humanistic sciences;
- Robotics and Technical sciences;
o Active involvement of 205 researchers, of whom:
- 4 having benefitted from MSC schemes;
- 3 having benefitted from another EU support (FP 7-HORIZON 2020);
o Organisation of EU corners in each main venues (15), with 8 Europe Direct stands and the intervention of 7 HORIZON 2020-funded researchers (amongst whom MSC fellows);
o 38.000 visitors having taken part in the activities offered.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"o Collection and processing around 3.500 feedbacks, through:
- Offline survey (21 questions, displayed during the event, at national level), randomly selected, mostly composed of students, teachers and parents;
- Focus group organised with students and researchers;
o Main conclusions:
- Typology of visitors: age: 56,9% aged 15-24 years, 21,2 % (aged 25-39 years, 21 % over 40 years, 62 % female and 38 % male, 21,1 % coming from Bucharest, between 5 and 10 % from Bacau, Brasov, Constanta, Deva, Alba Iulia, Targoviste, Galati and Suceava , and under 5 % from Arad, Cugir, Oradea, Piatra Neamt, Tulcea, Zalau, 42% secondary school, over 18% from High school, 37,2 university level (license, master, PhD and Post PhD studies);
- Knowledge about the event: public advertising, word of mouth, on line announcements;
- Overall positive feedback regarding locations and venues, concrete organisation, scheduling, activities proposed, contacts with researchers;
- Combination of entertainment and science, interferences with young researchers holding an accessible language to the audience;
- Increased interest for the event expressed by both public and mass media compared to previous edition;
- Increased interest for scientific careers expressed by young people attending, notably through the "5highSchools, 5Sciences" activity (elaboration of research projects by students and researchers, presented during the events), with the wish expressed by over35 young people to get involved in educational projects;
- Specific feedback from students from focus group:
-- Accessibility of researchers involved: language, clear explanations, young and committed;
-- Novelty to be discovered everywhere: stands, technology, projects, breakthroughs, and consequently increased knowledge after having participated in the event;
-- Clear awareness of research contribution to facing daily challenges, research being the way a better and evolved world."

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Record Number: 196409 / Last updated on: 2017-03-28