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Researchers and students swamp the University of Alicante campus with Science and Technology

The European Researchers' Night 2019 has doubled its programme with 35 activities that will take place next Friday 27 September 2019  


Moments at the presentation of the European Research Night 2019. A small part of the participating researchers and members of the organising committee.


Alicante, Thursday 5 September 2019

Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Architecture, Social and Legal Sciences, and Health Sciences are all areas of knowledge that this year will be present at the European Researchers' Night on 27 September 2019, starting at 5 pm, on the campus of the University of Alicante. 

For the second year in a row, this event dedicated to science and technology — open to the whole of Alicante society — has doubled its programme with over 35 actions thanks to the collaboration of more than 90 researchers and a hundred students from all the UA centres. During the presentation of the European Researchers' Night 2019, at the San Fernando 40 University Venue, Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer Amparo Navarro stated that this is a commitment to bring science closer to society, especially to children and young people to promote scientific and technological vocations.

In this sense, University of Alicante President Manuel Palomar wanted to thank the effort and commitment that for months UA researchers, students and staff have been doing from all Faculties,  Departments, the Polytechnic School and many other centres so that this event allows both children and adults to become scientists for a day.
 According to Palomar, science must come out of laboratories and be shown to society.


Participation modalities

The programme intended for the European Researchers' Night  2019 includes two participation modalities from 5 pm to 9 pm.  The first one, with free activities for children and families, will have more than 25 booths available for experiments, demos and activities from all fields of knowledge. These will be located in the central area of the campus, between lecture building No. 2 and the Control Tower building. Under the supervision of UA scientists and students, participants will explore the relevance of science and the benefits it has brought to society. How an artificial lung works, entering a soap bubble, mathematical games, karate against atmospheric pressure, a journey through the solar system, how papyrus is made, getting closer to Islamic and Romani cultures ... are just a small sample of all the surprises that can be found in this science and technology fair.

The other one, with activities for young and adult public (from 12 years old), such as workshops on Criminology, Astronomy, Robotics and Herbarium, at the Faculty of Law; a route on foot to explore our Campus’  geological secrets (Geology for @ll), starting from the Faculty of Sciences II; and also a cultural walking tour around the UA most representative heritage spaces, which starts at the sculpture "Drawing the space" (The Hand).



At the same time, four scientific and technological shows can be enjoyed in different areas of the campus.  Women's robot battles will take place at the Main Library colonnade; members of the Astroingeo University Astronomy Association will launch water rockets; and exhibition of lithophones open to sound experimentation with a live concert at the Poet’s Corner; and the amphitheatre of lecture buildingNo. 2 will become an observatory, with the remote control of a telescope to take images of an astronomical field for the detection of asteroids.

Also, as the closing activity of the European Researchers' Night 2019, participants can join an astronomical observation (offered by Astroingeo) with telescopes from 10 pm in the area between the Control Tower building and the UA Governing Council.


During the event, students and lecturers of the Sociology I and II departments will conduct a survey among the attendees to assess the interest aroused by the Night and everything related to the event.


Finally, outside the university campus, the Ibi Biodiversity Museum will become, for just one evening and one night, a space where you can explore its most special corners and collections.

All the details of the activities, workshops and registration deadlines are available on the website of the University of Alicante Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC+i) UA Divulga.


UA Divulga

The European Researchers' Night is one of the main popular science projects organised by UA Divulga, University of Alicante Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC+i). Founded in 2018, it was created to promote popular science and the activities around it developed by the university community.

Assigned to the University of Alicante Office of the Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer and the Communication Office, UA Divulga is endorsed by the Science and Technology Foundation (FECYT), attached to the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education. The FECYT fully supports the intense dissemination and communication of science that has been carried out for years at the University of Alicante.



Since 2005, the European Union has been promoting the European Researchers' Night, as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the Horizon 2020 programme, in order to bring researchers and citizens closer together through dissemination activities.

More than 370 cities from 30 European countries participate in the 2019 edition with the aim of bringing science and researchers closer to the public. It is intended to demonstrate in a practical and playful way the relationship between research and everyday life and to disseminate scientific and technological studies among young people.








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