Although Estonia is a relatively small country (about 1.5 million inhabitants), it has always been involved in the latest international developments of science and technology.
Tartu University was founded in 1632, nowadays there are 67.000 students studying at 47 universities in Estonia (the highest percentage in Europe!). Researchers' Night (RN) is planned as a series of the attractive open public events in different cities of Estonia on September 22nd, 2006.
The main goals and objectives of RN in Estonia are to enhance public recognition of Estonian researchers and their role in society, to establish a social bond between researchers and citizens and to introduce Estonian research areas to a wider audience. This will be achieved by the means of active communication between researchers and the public.
Researchers` Night in Estonia will give some opportunities for this kind of communication through stoical and cultural activities for a wide range of social groups. The biggest cities in Estonia: Tallinn, Tartu, Narva and Haapsalu will be involved. Depending on the specificity of the venue, there will be organized Science Cafes, excursions to research laboratories, observatories and botanical garden; open air games on science history, theatre shows, exhibition-work shops etc.
The activities will be planned so that the message of Researchers Night will be delivered to various social groups (children, students, adults, seniors, decision makers, politicians etc.). The mass media, including Estonian National Television will also be involved before, at and after the Night, amplifying the ideas and nature of the project. A special live TV-program will be broadcasted .
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