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A night in the lab (NITLAB)
Start date: 01 Jun 2008, End date: 30 Nov 2008 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main aim of the present proposal is to bring researchers involved in biomedical research closer to the large public, without any distinction of age, gender, level of scientific training or social category. The proposed action intends to oppose the stereotypes about researchers and their profession, giving the opportunity to perceive them as “ordinary people”. On the other hand, in the last years, people have asked to biomedical researchers for more information about their work and the effect on public health. Therefore, showing a researcher “from inside”, stressing his/her “ordinary” features could help in attracting people to scientific careers and rise the perception of the role of researchers in our society . The proposal foresees the organization of a high impact event in the beautiful and ancient cloister of the University of Milan, giving an opportunity to young and adult people to meet researchers involved in biomedicine and nano-medicine, to see them at work and to work with them, taking part in real laboratory activities. Buffet, music and a drama show entitled “The day of a researcher” will create an informal and pleasant atmosphere. Local institution such as “Comune di Milano, Assessorato alla Salute” will support the event. Sophisticated instruments will also be shown and used during the laboratory activities. An “official” award ceremony will take place, during which the winners of the photo competition will receive a prize at “Aula Magna” of the University of Milan. A representative of the Municipality of Milan together with a representative of the University of Milan will announce the winners and will describe the award foreseen by the Commission for the winner. The Commission is composed by photographic reviewers known at national and international level. The target audience of the event is very wide: from children up to aged people, e.g. all the ordinary people being part of the society.
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