European Researchers' Night (NIGHT) aims to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers' work on citizen’s daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on research careers.
The European Researchers' Night takes place yearly, typically on the last Friday of the month of September, and is the occasion for a Europe-wide public and media event for the promotion of research careers, in particular towards young people and their families. Supported events can start on Friday and last until early morning the following day. Activities focus on the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on pupils and students. Activities can combine education aspects with entertainment, especially when addressing young audience. They can take various forms, e.g. hands-on experiments, science shows, simulations, debates, games, competitions, quizzes, etc. Where appropriate, engagement with educational institutions should be sought in order to encourage formal and informal science education with the aim to improve the scientific knowledge base. Project porposals can be submitted by one coordinator or by a consortium of multiple institutions. The coordinator has the responsibility to the "the letters of intent" from the partner institutions.
The financial support for European Researchers' Night may represent up to 100% of the eligible costs of the action. The eligible costs potentially covered by the contribution are the expenses linked to the activities. Applicants are required to indicate the amount of the estimated EU contribution in their proposal.
New call has been opened on October 8th, 2019 by European Commission and will close on January 9th, 2020. The last Researchers' NIGHT events took place at Mersin University and Middle East Technical University on september 27th, 2019.
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