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Universities and research centres from the regions of Valencia and Murcia organise the Mediterranean Women Researchers' Night

The University of Alicante joins an online event with a programme of routes, astronomical observation, games and scientific and technological workshops, involving researchers and students from all the institution's centres 

 

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Alicante. Tuesday 13 October 2020

With the aim of promoting Mediterranean science, 12 of the most representative institutions in research and scientific dissemination in the regions of Valencia and Murcia are joining forces to celebrate the first Mediterranean Women Researcher’s Night ("Mednight") on 27 November 2020, an event that will include a number of activities, formats, themes and the voices of researchers.

 

Mednight', an unprecedented milestone as a result of collaboration

 "Mednight" was born as a result of a collaboration consortium of 12 institutions: University of Alicante, University Miguel Hernández of Elche, University of Valencia, Polytechnic University of Valencia, University Jaume I, University of Murcia, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Fisabio Foundation, Seneca Foundation - Region of Murcia Science and Technology Agency, INCLIVA and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), under the coordination of The Kaleidoscope and with the sponsorship of the Valencian Government through its Foundation for the Promotion of Higher Education (FFES). This is the first event that brings together a consortium of public research institutions from the regions of Murcia and Valencia as part of the "European Researchers' Night".

The aim of the project is to show the social impact of science being developed in the Mediterranean, with a special focus on women, who are often left in the oblivion in this field. To this end, the "Mednight" includes a variety of activities for all audiences, the aim of which will be to instil the passion for scientific knowledge. These activities will be organised throughout the month of November until the 27th, when "The Mediterranean Women Researcher’s Night” will be held. 

Another of the objectives of "Mednight" is to promote scientific vocations, something that the project pursues through several formats and activities that are attractive to the whole family, making visible the value of science in society: talks, workshops, virtual exhibitions and scientific shows are just some of the examples that will be available.

 

“Mednight” web portal

In addition to the activities organised, all the information on "The Mediterranean Women Researcher’s Night” will be available through its web portal from where the partners will report on their activities, publish news and disseminate some of the most recent research works carried out in their laboratories, linked to the themes of this event.

In order to give more relevance to the researchers, the "Mednight" web portal will offer specialised sections including articles by expert voices from the different thematic areas covered by the project: geology and biodiversity; sea and pollution; climate and clean energy; diet and food; life and health; history and heritage; pioneering scientists and future. 

The "Mediterranean Women Researchers' Night" project ("Mednight") is an event associated with the European Union's "European Researchers' Night" initiative, funded by the Marie Sktodowska-Curie actions, with identifier H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-2020.

 

Background

Since 2018, the University of Alicante (UA) has been participating in the activities related to the "European Researchers' Night" through UA Divulga, the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit (UCC+i), a project assigned to the University of Alicante Office of the Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer and the Communication Office. UA Divulga is backed by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), which is part of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

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