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European Researchers’ Night 2016

26, September 2016

The European Researchers' Night will be celebrated on September 30 in Lisboa, in the São Pedro de Alcantara viewpoint and the National Museum of Natural History and Science.

‘Science in the everyday life’ has been perceived as a motto to involve the general public, especially young public, with research activities and scientific knowledge. Several educational institutions have offline and online services based on this slogan to support teacher's education activities, the student's learning process and provide family entertainment. 

By adopting this motto for the European Researchers' Night, we intent to raise the public awareness about how much science influences our way of living, but also give the researchers the opportunity to realize the general public perception of their work; and improving contacts between the researchers and the citizens to enhance innovation efforts. This way we are aligned with the aims of the EU framework program for research and innovation, where Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a central issue.  

Thus, by increasing public outreach, ‘SCILIFE’ will contributes simultaneously for two main objectives: (i) improving the citizens’ understanding of the importance of scientific careers development and science investments; (ii) increasing researchers' understanding of the role of society as a whole for sustainable science policies development. 

The consortium of this project, coordinated by the University of Lisbon through the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC), combine efforts between researchers of major universities in Portugal – Minho University, Porto University, Madeira University, plus three universities in Lisbon, Lisbon University, Nova University, Lisbon University Institute - and holds the Lisbon municipality as a central partner for general public and civil society stakeholders engagement. 

 

It will cover the most populated regions of Portugal, bridging the gap between researchers and society (still so wide in Portugal) and contributing to approximate societal actors during the research and innovation process, in light of the RRI principles.  

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