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A Nit in the Lab-2 (NITLAB-2)
Start date: 01 Jun 2009, End date: 31 Dec 2009 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The main aim of the present proposal is to bring researchers involved in different researcher’s branches closer to the large public, without any distinction of age, gender, level of scientific training or social category. In general, the proposed action intends to oppose the stereotypes about researchers and their profession, giving the opportunity to perceive them as “ordinary people”. In Italy humanistic studies are still preferred to scientific ones. This is a hindering point for the development of research and technology and for the competitiveness of the country and of Europe as well. Therefore, showing researchers “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. Last year NITLAB was the EU researcher’s night event of Milan and it was successful. This year NITLAB-2 event is proposed. The University of Milan is the coordinator of the project, like as Researcher’s night 2008, with the partnership of the Planetarium of Milan and the Museum of Natural History of Milan. Multiple laboratories activities on paleontology, biology and astrophysics will be organised. Munari’s association, which has developed an international method to combine art and science suggesting activities to the children that can reproduce easily at home, will participate to NITLAB-2 event. Since 2009 is the International Year of Astrophysics special activities, proposed for the first time in Italy, will be organise on the last frontiers of Astrophysics. Drama, buffet, music will give an informal atmosphere. The event will be organised in the beautiful park located in the centre of the city accessible by the subway and close to the Planetarium of Milan, one of the oldest in Europe, and to the Natural History Museum of Milan. The organisers do believe that this is a wonderful place to attract people. Poster competition will be launched and the winners will receive an award"
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