Researchers’ Night is a European initiative to help the general public understand the importance of research in all European countries and promote research careers by bringing researchers closer to the people. The event will be staged in over 200 European cities.
In Malta the activities will be launched by the opening of the European Corner at City Gate followed by a play for children between the ages 7 and 11 at the Museum of Archaeology. This will be followed by a number of discussions aimed at engaging youths and adults in interesting subjects such as human behaviour and the mysteries of the human mind, saving money while saving energy and the planet or applying science to creativity.
Researchers will be laying out the topic for discussion and the public will be encouraged to question and debate with the scientists in these Science Cafes. The establishments, namely; McDonalds, Café Merisi, NSTS and CityPro will be offering refreshments to all present. At around 20:40hrs Where’s Everybody presenters Angie Laus and Peter Carbonaro will be hosting a special edition of Pjazza in Freedom Square.
This programme will feature the usual bands and a number of games with a focus on the research being conducted in Malta. Researchers will explain the work they do and contestants will have to compete at recreating the science experiment. MCST has also launched a poster competition which is open to Maltese and Gozitans of all ages to design a poster for next year’s Researchers’ Night.
Besides winning one of a number of prizes that will be awarded on the 25th September, the winner of the competition in Malta will then automatically be included in the larger European competition for the poster that will be used in all European Cities in September 2010.