The participation of more than 15,000 people is expected in the activities scheduled for the 30th
Almost 400 activities related to knowledge, about twenty stands that will be installed in the Hall Walk and more than 500 scientists complete a new edition ofe The European Night of Researchers which is celebrated in Grenade next Friday, September 30.
The mayor, Francisco Cuenca, who presented the program this morning at City Hall, highlighted “the unity of a society that looks at science with respect and, above all, with hope.”
After advancing that the participation of more than 15,000 people is expected in the activities scheduled for the 30th, Cuenca has stressed that “we are very clear that the transformation and improvement of the world in which we live will go through science.” In this context he has reiterated “the gratitude and pride of Grenade towards the men and women who develop science in the hope that our city has ahead a perspective of growth in equity and a development based precisely on the most important value that a society has, which is that of curiosity”.
“We are on the verge of becoming the European benchmark for research into obtaining clean energy through nuclear fusion, through science, and I am talking about Ifmif-Dones”, he pointed out. “And we are also, thanks to the knowledge and science generated by our University, in that race to host the first public institution for artificial intelligence regulation in all of Europe”, he recalled.
As far as programming is concerned, the morning of September 30 will feature the youngest: some 400 schoolchildren from different educational centers in Granada will visit the stands to carry out workshops and participate in different activities. One of the goals of The European Night of Researchers it is precisely to awaken scientific vocations in boys, girls and young people.
In the afternoon, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., activities open to the public will be held, which will conclude with a free access show called ‘Flamenco Night’, by Irene Rueda and her flamenco group, from 10:00 p.m. on the stage installed in the Paseo del Salón.
These activities at street level will be complemented by a program of guided tours of the capital, for which it will be necessary to book in advance, and which will take the participants to discover, for example, the fossils of the city of Granada, the scientific collections of the Department of Zoology of the Faculty of Sciences or to carry out a geo-educational route through the monuments of the capital.
As a novelty, in this edition actions have also been designed with the educational centers, with the name of ‘Night in the classrooms’, which will extend throughout the school year and which, in the case of Grenade, will be around 20 activities approximately. A large part of the scheduled activities will focus on the five Horizon Europe Missions established by the European Commission: cancer, adaptation to climate change including social transformation, water and oceans, smart and climate-neutral cities, as well as soil and food health.
Together with the mayor of the capital, the presentation of the XI edition of the European Night of Researchers was attended by the delegate of the University, Research and Innovation of the Junta de Andalucía in Granada, María José Martín; the vice-rector for University Extension of the University of Granada, Víctor Jesús Medina; the director of the López Neyra Institute of Parasitology and Biomedicine (IPBLN), Fuencisla Matesanz; the scientific director of the Andalusian Public Health System Biobank, José Manuel Puerta, and the director of the Discover Foundation, Teresa Cruz.
In Grenadethe organization of the European Night of Researchers is the responsibility of the University of Granada, the four CSIC centers that participate in this project (Andalusian Institute of Astrophysics, School of Arab Studies, López-Neyra Institute of Parasitology and Biology and Zaidín Experimental Station) and the Fundación Pública Progreso y Salud (through Biobank and Genyo), with the support of the Granada City Council.
Also participating in the Night are the Andalusian School of Public Health, the Health Technology Park, the Biosanitary Research Institute of Granada (ibs.Granada), Caja Granada Foundation, the European Documentation Center of the UGR, Granada Provincial Council , Coviran and Fidesol.
The European Night of Researchers is a scientific outreach project promoted by the European Commission within the Marie Sk³odowska-Curie actions of the Horizon Europe programme, coordinated in Andalusia by the Discover Foundation with funding from the Ministry of University, Research and Innovation.
The consortium is made up of the Universities of Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga, Pablo de Olavide and Seville, eight centers of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), the IMGEMA-Royal Botanical Garden of Córdoba and the Public Foundation Progress and Health through Genyo and the Health System Biobank.
At the same time, Radio Televisión de Andalucía, the Andalusian Knowledge Agency and the Andalusian Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries, Food and Ecological Production Research and Training (IFAPA) are strategic partners of the project and collaborate closely in its development.