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2006 Researchers' night in Iceland


In order to reach its goal of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world and devote an average of 3% of the member states. GDP to research, the EU requires no less than 700.000 new researchers before the year 2010.

The European Commission has concluded that the need to raise public awareness about the role of researchers in society and to attract more young people into scientific careers will play a central role in ensuring the availability of adequate human resources. This proposal incorporates Iceland into the 2006 Researchers' Night - a European wide awareness activity to be held on 22 September 2006.

It brings together various organizations and the media in order to achieve three main objectives:
- Enhance public recognition of the role and contribution of researchers to society
- Contribute to the European dimension of research and development and highlight the international dimension of researchers' careers
- Encourage more young people to embark on careers in R&D and thereby contribute to the number of researchers in the European Research Area.

The project is divided into three activities; activity 0 addresses the management of the project and activity 1 animation activities leading up to the event on 22 September. Activity 2 consists of various tasks performed in the planning and implementation of a large central event on September, the 2006 Researchers' Night in Iceland, in the centre of Reykjavík.

RANNIS, the project coordinator, is a public organization under the Ministry of Education and Research. It allocates public research grants and promotes international research cooperation. It is also responsible for science communication and has great relations with the whole of the research community, public organizations and the media.

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