EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS’ NIGHT IN BOLOGNA AND ROMAGNA
The annual fun science event of that puts researchers centre-stage in more than 250 cities all over Europe is back again, thanks to the SOCIETY Project.
The 2016 European Researchers’ Night, scheduled for Friday 30 September in more than 250 cities all over Europe, will be coming to Bologna, Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini: a night packed with events, performances, conferences, exhibitions, guided tours, treasure hunts and workshops to put the world of research on show and attract young people to the idea of a career in science. The 100+ activities in Bologna and the university campus cities of Cesena, Forlì, Ravenna and Rimini and also in Predappio and Faenza, involving of two hundred researchers, are part of the European project “SOCIETY. In Search of Certainty – Interactive Event To inspire Young people”. The project, coordinated by the University of Bologna, has some of the most important research centres in the area amongst its partners: the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), the Bologna area National Research Council (CNR), the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), the Interuniversity Consortium CINECA – SCAI, together with Formicablu, communication agency. On European Researchers’ Night, the public (children, young people, adults, families, …) can discover for themselves how research is often the most effective tool we have for suggesting useful and innovative solutions for the whole of society. The activities will develop along multiple paths, in a pattern that resembles the lines and stations of an urban rail network. Each line represents a challenge or discipline, with researchers illustrating current ideas and research in the different areas in fascinating, interactive ways. Experiments, theatre performances, workshops, scientific aperitifs, guided tours, treasure hunts, meetings and exhibitions lead visitors to the discovery of the secrets of the universe, ideas for a sustainable planet, health, wellness and an inclusive society, creativity, the technologies of tomorrow and the traditions and future of food. Animals’ superpowers, cosmic showers, earthquakes and volcanoes, super-calculation for dummies, spectroscopes, cellular ageing and the real history of Bolognese meat sauce are just some of the activities waiting to be experimented with.
In Bologna, lots of important local institutions and organisations are taking part in the event: Bologna Council, Salaborsa, CUBO – Centro Unipol BOlogna, Golinelli Foundation, MAMbo – Bologna Modern Art Museum, Villa Ghigi Foundation, Il Mulino, Cineteca di Bologna, Alma Mater Foundation, University Museum Network, Bologna District Prison, Accademia Italiana della cucina – Bologna Delegation, ASTER, Augusto Righi Scientific High School, Laura Bassi Scientific High School, Marco Minghetti Classical High School, Leonardo Da Vinci High School and Marie Curie Alumni Association. Many of these will be hosting European Researchers’ Night activities in a festival of research involving the whole city: CUBO, Salaborsa, Palazzo d’Accursio, MAMbo, Opificio Golinelli. But that’s not all: there’ll be guided tours and workshops in the Palazzo Poggi Museum, sunset and night-time walks through the Villa Ghigi woods in search of animals, detecting smelly compounds with balloons in the Margherita Gardens, learning about the conservation of historical marble statues in a guided tour round the Charterhouse, following in the footsteps of Ulisse Aldrovandi in the Botanical Gardens and a molecular-nutraceutical aperitif at the Caffè Belmeloro. And for those who can’t make their minds up, at 19:37 there’s the FLASH MOB DUSTY EYE at the Cubo. At the MAMbo Modern Art Museum, the “David Bowie is” exhibition will be open until 11pm, and the Bologna Cineteca exhibition “Lumière! L’invenzione del cinematografo” will stay open until 10pm, with tickets reduced to 5 Euros from 6pm to 10pm.
There’s a surprise in store for people visiting different event locations: the European Researchers’ Night “Find the Research” treasure hunt on smartphone (download here the app). The performances are many and varied. In the Salaborsa at 6pm there’s “Research Stories Told in Sand Drawings”, followed by Pirandello’s HENRY IV monologue at 8pm and then, at 9:30pm, a conversation between researcher and mother-of-two Elisabetta Gualmini, Vice President of the Regional Council, and Michele Smargiassi. At the MAMbo Modern Art Museum at 7:30pm, “Study David Bowie. A journey through pop cultures” will talk about how and why pop music culture is studied, followed by “The hippie epic in America & Europe” at 9:30pm, a musical performance with readings about the 60s and 70s generations. At the Opificio Golinelli at 9:30, gravitational waves and black holes will take the leading roles in a conference-performance about the discovery of new cosmic messengers. A shuttle service will be running between Piazza Maggiore and the other event locations.
The European Researchers’ Night has the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Emilia Romagna Region, the Regional Legislative Assembly and the municipalities of Bologna, Cesena, Ravenna, Faenza, Rimini, Forlì and Predappio. The European Researchers’ Night, first staged in 2005, is an initiative of the European Commission in which researchers from all EU countries meet the public in an evening of science and fun. SOCIETY is one of the six projects in Italy selected by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions Programme (Grant agreement no. 722963).