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Researchers' impact in everyday Life

Project description

Tuscan youth and citizens are in for a bright European Researchers’ Night

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) project BRIGHT-NIGHT project will elevate the attraction of Tuscany beyond its rich cultural history and scenic attractions. For European Researchers’ Night 2022-2023, the seven-member consortium will bring the region’s researchers and public together in a host of events. BRIGHT-NIGHT will showcase research projects on sustainability and societal challenges and increase awareness of how research and scientific outcomes improve everyday life. Cities will host science hubs offering shows, experiments, games and exhibitions, all with an emphasis on Horizon Europe missions. The project will call on primary and secondary school students to contribute with their own scientific presentations, supported by academic researchers. The ultimate objective is to establish a connection between researchers, schoolgoers and the general public.

Objective

"The BRIGHT-NIGHT 2022-2023 proposal, within the framework of the European Researchers' Night, aims at bringing research and researchers closer to the general public of the Tuscan region. In fact, the BRIGHT-NIGHT Consortium includes the main Tuscan universities whose decennial collaboration has already produced very successful ERN events.
This objective will be achieved by showcasing research projects, with a specific focus on sustainability and societal challenges, through a rich and inclusive program of activities in open and public events throughout Tuscany. We will increase the awareness of how scientific research impacts on the daily lives of citizens, on the active role it can play in shaping the future and fostering young people’s interest in scientific studies with a gender balance approach, mostly in STEAM.
After a set of preparatory events, the core activities will take place the last Friday/Saturday of September 2022/2023: hundreds of interactive, funny and inspiring activities in the cities, which will be populated by science hubs (shows, hands-on experiments, games, competitions, and exhibitions).
To better stress the centrality of a joint European effort on the societal and sustainability challenges of our times, the event will revolve around the Horizon Europe missions, with particular emphasis on their interdisciplinary character.
The two-year duration of the proposal will allow the involvement of students from primary and secondary schools encouraging to deliver a scientific presentation during the Nights: they will be supported by academic researchers, who will help them to select and prepare a topic. This activity aims at creating a long-term connection between researchers, (which will be trained on scientific communication skills for the purpose), young students and the general public. Such connection will make science research more ""familiar"", more understandable, and ultimately strengthen people’s trust in scientific methods."

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Net EU contribution
€ 74 500,00
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Italy

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Firenze
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
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