Alicante focuses on science and technology. Over 5000 people enjoyed the second UA European Researchers' Night at the University of Alicante on Friday 27 September 2019. From 5 pm to 1 pm of the following day, children, young people and families took part in a comprehensive programme of workshops, experiments, demonstrations, shows and walking routes through the San Vicente del Raspeig campus, assisted by more than 400 researchers and students from the UA.
Also, students and faculty from the Departments of Sociology I and II carried out a survey among the attendees to assess the interest aroused by the European Researchers' Night and, outside the university campus, the Ibi Biodiversity Museum became, for one evening and one night, a space to explore its most special corners and collections.
The opening ceremony was presided over by UA Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer Amparo Navarro, and Director-General for Science and Research Carmen Beviá,
In addition to thanking all the UA centres and services for their involvement in this great event, Navarro stressed that science is necessary to evolve and improve people's lives, to foresee and solve present and future problems. Today, precisely when the whole world is demonstrating and calling for action against the climate emergency, we are bringing science out to the street, where much of the hope lies. As the Vice President said, today, they have taken to the streets what they do every day in their offices, in their laboratories and in their research centres.
As for Carmen Beviá, she highlighted the relevance of making society aware of how essential research is for social progress. She praised the European Researchers' Night for its involvement in attracting scientists, especially in certain fields.
According to her, more women are needed to develop their research careers in the field of experimental and technological sciences.
Organised by UA Divulga, University of Alicante Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC+i), the European Researchers' Night is a European action celebrated in more than 370 cities with the aim of bringing science and researchers closer to the general public. It is intended to show the relationship between research and everyday life in a practical and playful way, as well as to disseminate scientific and technological studies among young people.