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EVERYDAYNIGHT Report Summary

Project ID: 722937
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EVERYDAYNIGHT (Wielkopolska Researchers’ Night welcomes - Let the experience of the Night last every day!)

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

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Researchers’ Night (RN), organised already ten times in Poznań, has become during the years highly recognisable autumn event for both public at large not only in Poznań, but also in the Wielkopolska region. The assessment of impact of previous RN editions continuously shows a positive change of the public perception of researchers, as well as improved mutual understanding between researchers and public. The event also indirectly results in increasing interest in choosing scientific careers by young people. Moreover, activities during the Night contribute to demystifying existing stereotypes by stating that researchers are just ordinary people, having extraordinary job, but also families, friends, hobbies, etc. The EVERYDAYNIGHT project aims at strengthening efforts to bringing researchers closer to the public at large, increase the awareness of research and innovation, by supporting the public recognition of researchers and their job, clearly showing the impact of researchers’ work on society’ daily life and well-being of the European citizens. It also aims at encouraging young people especially about making a career choice to embark on scientific careers. As a result of the project, the perception of researchers as ordinary people willing to share their passion for research with the public at large, will increase among the society, being in accordance with the European motto of the event: Researchers are amongst us.

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

Work Package 1
Main target:Public at large regardless of age and scientific background, namely all inhabitants of Greater Poland (not only Poznan and its surroundings); Special attention to be paid to children and young people, especially about making a career choice;
Overview of the results: Conception, production and display of promotional material; programmes displayed to schools, posters displayed to schools, departments, institutions of Wielkopolska region, banners, roll-ups in partner's premises (in particular during press conference), maps displayed in central points during the event, diplomas rewarding competition winners; Public advertising: display of posters on the poster pillars in the city centre, city light boards in the key parts of Poznan; Publication of advertisements in the written press; Information boards displayed in central points during the event; Honorary patronage by president of Poznan, Jacek Jaśkowiak, Polish Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ministry of National Education, Marshall Office of the Wielkopolska Region; Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website www.poznan.nocnaukowcow.pl; 162.716 hits on website, 26.088 unique users (September 2016); Revamping and constant updating of social network profiles (Facebook); 6310 likes on Facebook; Posting of electronic banners on www.perspektywy.pl , www.put.poznan.pl , amu.edu.pl puls.edu.pl , www.man.poznan.pl , www.awf.poznan.pl , www.poznan.gazeta.pl; Production and display of promotional give away such as T-shirts, fluorescent sticks, silicone wristbands, fluorescent stickers, notebooks, penlight key rings with logo…;Estimated 2,2 million people made aware of the European RN and its objectives.
Work Package 2:
General statistics: Estimated number of visitors (including all 6 locations in Poznan):59.000; Number of workshops, shows and demonstrations: 442; Duration of the event:12;Number of researchers :about 800; numbers of researchers supported by UE (MSC Actions, Horizon 2020, etc:) 46
Detailed programme
PUT:Presentations and prototype zone: Cirme investigations zone: Riddles solved by participants in cooperation with researchers; Speed dating; Charades and puns; Workshops; Hobbies of students: Science shows/ demonstrations; European Stand
PSNC::Presentations and prototype zone; Riddles solved by participants in cooperation with researchers; Speed dating; Charades and puns; Workshops; Hobbies of students: Science shows/ demonstrations; European Stand
PULS: Presentations and prototype zone; Riddles solved by participants in cooperation with researchers; Speed dating; Charades and puns; Workshops; Hobbies of students: Science shows/ demonstrations; European Stand
AMU:Presentations and prototype zone; Cirme investigations zone: Riddles solved by participants in cooperation with researchers; Speed dating; Charades and puns; Workshops; Hobbies of students: Science shows/ demonstrations; European Stand
AWF:Presentations and prototype zone; Riddles solved by participants in cooperation with researchers; Speed dating; Charades and puns; Workshops; Hobbies of students: Science shows/ demonstrations; European Stand
PUEB:Presentations and prototype zone; Riddles solved by participants in cooperation with researchers; Speed dating; Charades and puns; Workshops; Hobbies of students: Science shows/ demonstrations; European Stand

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)

Overview of the results
- Collection, analysis and processing of 997 feedbacks under the form of questionnaires;
- Main conclusions: 66% female and 23.9% male, 80,1% from the Great Poland Province, 7,9% from other provinces, and 11,8% unspecified, largest group being Poznan residents (35,4% of the respondents); Knowledge about the event: most frequently teachers, and the most rarely the mass media; Opinion about researchers: highly important, since they help teach others and enable others to better understand the world and contribute to technological progress; while they shouldn't get too much involved in politics; Increased interest on science careers in particular amongst young people: about 50 % young people interested since almost every second one of the RN2016 visitors declaring his/her interest for an academic or research-related career;
Possible improvements: Registration and transportation system; Extension of the action's duration (all the events take place during one afternoon/evening and visitors have a limited chance to take part in everything they would like to); More numerous transportation options to be offered. Increased awareness among the general public of the importance of research and innovation and more favourable general attitude towards its funding Improvement of the public perception of the researchers: researchers increasingly perceived as ordinary people having passions and interests; Tackling existing stereotypes about research and researchers; Increasing number of researchers willing to share with the public not only with their passion for research, but also their hobbies and dreams; Better understanding of the key benefits that research brings to society; Increased awareness about research's impact on competiveness, growth, employment and citizens' well-being; Clearer understanding of scientists' contribution to technological progress and science breakthroughs; Improved perception of the surrounding world thanks to science and scientists; Increased interest for science careers considered as interesting and useful for citizens' daily lives; General appreciation of the way through which science is presented during the events; Increased interest for science careers amongst young people: Over 50 % of young people indicating their interest in a career in science after having taken part in the activities; Over 50 % of young people considering researchers as intelligent, creative, innovative people having a very interesting job;Reduction of the number of people considering scientists as closed in their little world of ideas and research.

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