Researchers' Night in Latvia
Start date: Aug 1, 2007,
End date: Nov 30, 2007
"The main objectives of the Researchers’ Night are to familiarize larger public, especially young people, with the scientist’s profession; to show the impact of sciences such as chemistry, medical science, biochemistry, physics, on everyday human life; to show researchers as ordinary people; to bring researchers closer to the Latvian society and to attract more young people to research careers. The aim of the activities is to enhance public recognition of researchers and their role in Latvian society. There will not be a strict thematic priority to the Researchers’ Night, although most of the fields covered will be directly or indirectly related to human health – life sciences, biology, biochemistry, pharmaceutical industry, food research, etc. It will be achieved by organising a series of attractive events in three towns - Riga, Daugavpils and Jelgava – all important research centres of Latvia. The project will be realised by joint efforts of 4 Universities, Ministry of Education and Science, 2 research institutes, 1 researcher’s support organisation and 1 professional association. The Researchers’ Night will be preceded by a promotional campaign in mass media. The scope of activities will include a drawing competition among children, establishing a European stand, organising a Café Scientifique; scenic plays performed by researchers; holding public meetings with Marie Curie scholarship holders; arranging a series of events with scientific experiments in research institutes and universities. An opinion survey will be performed to size up the viewpoints of general public on researchers’ profession, evaluate the impact of the event and collect ideas for future activities. The event will be documented in video-film for further demonstration in TV, other events and schools."
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