'Researchers’ Night', the biggest science and research celebration held annually in more than 300 towns throughout Europe includes 9 Greek towns. The free event is being organised by more than 12 research institutes and will take place on 28 September (17:00-24:00). The slogan chosen, ‘ H Επιστήμη σε προ(σ)καλεί!’ uses a play on the Greek words "προσκαλει (invites)" and "προκαλει (challenges)". So ‘Science invites / challenges you!’ Two events, at the National Centre of Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’, Agia Paraskevi and the National Technical University of Athens, are taking place simultaneously in Athens, with similar events being held in Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Xanthe, Kalamata, Karditsa, Rethimno and Corinth.
Through presentations, experiments, events specifically designed for students, workshops for teachers, and a variety of original events, the public can experience research at first hand and have direct contact with scientists.
A number of pre-events are being held by research institutes in Athens 14-27 September. Among these institutes is the National Hellenic Research Foundation, which is opening its doors to schools with a guided tour and an introduction to the secrets of science on Monday 24 September.
Other events are being organised by: the National Observatory Athens, the National Centre of Social Research, Sci-Co, Hellenic Cosmos, the Greek Centre for Marine Research, Athena, Research & Innovation Centre, and the Pasteur Hellenic Institute.
The National Documentation Centre (EKT) (www.ekt) is Media sponsor for Researcher Night 2018 and will promote actions and events through their online network, social media and in their eNewsletter
2018 is the 13th EU Researchers’ Night and is a European Commission initiative aiming to highlight the role of researchers and their scientific and social work with an emphasis on its human aspect. The actions organized for European Researchers’ Night are funded by the European Commission under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Action, Horizon 2020. It’s worth noting that in 2017 more than 1.1 million citizens and over 21,000 researchers all over Europe participated in Researchers’ Night.
upd: Following warnings of extreme weather conditions issued by the Municipality of Attica and the Civil Protection Service, the event scheduled to be held by the National Centre of Scientific Research ‘Demokritos’ on Friday 28/9/18 was cancelled and will now take place on Friday 5/10/18 (17.00-24.00).