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European Researchers’ Night 2014

This year's European Researchers’ Night will take place across several hundred cities all over Europe and beyond on Friday 26 September.

Labs and other science venues are bracing themselves for a huge influx of eager visitors next Friday night at European Researchers' Night. For one evening only they will open their doors for members of the public to enjoy anything from behind-the-scenes guided tours of research labs and interactive science shows to hands-on experiments and learning activities for children. Last year, over 1.2 million visitors across 300 cities in 33 countries joined Researchers' Night, and were treated to a host of science extravaganzas. In Düsseldorf researchers created a virtual device that turned visitors into opera stars. Meanwhile, researchers in Santander demonstrated how physics helps surfers catch the biggest waves. In Perugia, visitors met a portrait-making Lego robot named Le(g)onardo, while the public in Poznan set out to break a sound record with the loudest collective shriek. The European Researchers' Night has taken place every year since 2005. This year, these popular science events are happening in around 300 cities located in 24 European and neighbouring countries. The popularity of Researchers’ Night has grown enormously since its beginnings — the number of participating cities has trebled since 2006. Supported by the European Commission as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the cross-country event is likely to appeal to anyone who is intrigued by how things work and by what science means for their lives. The initiative receives EUR 4 million a year in support from Marie Curie Actions, which promote international research careers.The aim is to highlight the important role research plays in our daily lives and science as a career and, in particular, to encourage more young men and woman to choose a career in research and science. With this year’s European Researchers’ Night just around the corner, unsurprisingly it’s a tad too late for scientists to organise an event for 2014. However labs and other science venues that are keen to get involved next year should keep an eye on the Research Executive Agency (REA) website for new opportunities. The events featured during Researchers' Night are selected through a competitive process following a call for proposals, and some of the past events have received impressive national prizes, such as the Focus award in Poland and the Eventia award in the UK. For more information, please visit: European Researchers’ Night Research Executive Agency (REA)