European Night of the Researchers took place on the 28 September 2018. In it, scientists presented the most human and close side of science to the general public. In this last edition participated more than 340 cities from 30 European countries with the aim of establishing direct contact between researchers and public, showing in a practical and playful way, which are the scientific studies that they are working.
The European Night’s Researchers is a European scientist dissemination project promoted by European Commission inside the actions of Marie Sktodowska-Curie framed in the Horizon 2020 program, which has been celebrated in the different European cities since 2005.
In the case of Andalusia, for the seventh time, the Descubre Foundation is in charge of coordinating and organizing this event where activities are carried out both in the research centers and in the busiest areas of the eight Andalusian capitals. During this evening the assistants enjoyed workshops, experiments, demonstrations, theatrical performances, monologues... All of this with the aim of finishing with topics like science is bored and bring the fun side of it, to raise awareness of the work of researchers, the benefits they produce in the social environment and that are the assistants themselves who raise questions and doubts to researchers.
All this, with the aim of ending with topics such as science can be boring and bring the fun side of science to society, to make known the work of researchers, the benefits they produce in the social environment and the assistants can ask their doubts.
The SOCRATCES project was showed to the public in Sevilla thanks to the intervention of Ricardo Chacartegui, Director of the Secretariat for the Promotion of Research and Scientific Culture of the University of Seville, and the professor of the University of Sevilla, Carlos Ortiz. In it, they highlighted the potential of the sun as a source of renewable energy and how, through the prototype of the project, solar concentrating plants (CSP) are improved, making them more sustainable and competitive.
In addition, the European Night’s Researchers in Andalusian joined the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage by the European Commission with the watchword #EuropeForCulture.