The "Researcher’s Night" is considered as a pan-European event for the promotion of science, research and technology in the society. It was launched and institutionalised by the European Commission (EU) 15 years ago, through specific research and innovation funding schemes (FP7, Horizon 2020).
The EU's main aim was to meet an increasing need of academic and research institutions for large-scale tailor-made activities with the objective of communicating research and innovation to the local community.
A significant number of Institutions from the European Research Area (universities, research centers, etc) welcomed the EU initiative, adopted the idea of the Researcher’s night and started planning and organising promotional activities and events. Nowadays, the Researcher’s night is organised every year, traditionally on the last Friday of September, in more than 370 European cities, with the aim to highlight Researcher’s work and their contribution to society.
FORTH was one of the first institutions in Greece, but also in Europe, that was funded by the EU to organise events, introducing the idea of the Researcher’s night in the local community of Crete. Organising events from 2005 up today, FORTH's goal is to promote its research activities and scientific work to the local community, with the aim to inspire young people to follow the profession of Researcher.
FORTH regularly hosts more than 2,500 visitors per year, who have the opportunity to experience the magical world of Research, Technology and Innovation.
Indicative activities and events of the Researcher’s Night at FORTH
- Public tours at FORTH research laboratories
- Demonstration of new innovative technologies, cutting-edge research achievements
- Science Research Public Lectures
- Theatrical performance for all ages
- Chatlab - online appointments between FORTH researchers and general public
- Educational activities and interactive workshops
- Games and quizzes for kinds
- Online events
- Painting / photography competitions
- Student participation, demonstration of school research experiments
- Musical events
- Charity activities