Built on the successful experiences of Researchers’Night in Venice 2010 and Researchers’Night in Veneto 2011, VenetoNight 2012 will ensure a continuity of the event in Veneto Region, in order to reinforce the impact of the past two editions. 2010 and 2011 Researchers’ Nights created an expectation in the public that science is fun and accessible to everyone, regardless of age and scientific background. Moreover, the project will strengthen the collaboration between the institutions settled in Venezia, Padova and Verona which build the consortium.
On 28th September 2012 several activities will be organized in the three locations. The project focuses on letting citizens directly experience science; in each location the activities will be organized around the five senses: citizens will be invited to touch, listen to, scent out, watch, and taste science. Four European Corners, settled in strategic points of the cities, will encourage participants to approach the Research World and its European dimension.
Researchers will be performers, guides, animators, singers, always interacting with the public at large, showing that their work is closely related to society and that they are ordinary people with an amazing job.
A special attention will be devoted to children and students attending the last two years of secondary school. Children-targeted events will show that science can be fun, and tailored activities for young people will promote research careers as a concrete opportunity for many of them.
The communication campaign, common for the three cities involved, will be planned in advance, aiming at reaching about 1.500.000 people. A special information campaign is foreseen at regional level within schools.
A reinforced impact assessment will include questionnaires before/during/after the event. A great part of the Impact Assessment will focus on secondary school students.
More than 10.000 participants and an effective media coverage during VenetoNight 2012 are expected.
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