The team of the K-TRIO 4 project „Researchers in the knowledge triangle“ organizes the European Researchers’ Night. The abbreviation of the project contains an important formula for success in modern society: „Knowledge acquired in the process of Learning, Science and Innovation creates more opportunities“ “Knowledge gained in Training, Research and Innovation brings more Opportunities”: K * (T + R + I) = O.
The Night will take place as a virtual event on 27 and 28 November for the 15th year in Bulgaria under the motto:
„Science transforms life“.
High-quality exciting programs with various components will be organized:
- K-TRIO for children: fun and educational experiments and quizzes for children of all age groups;
- K-TRIO competitions: presentation of results from national and local competitions for children and youth on the topic „Science transforms life“, awarding the winners;
- K-TRIO faces: researchers in the spotlight – films for researchers and scientific discoveries, exhibition „Faces in Science“, discussions and workshops;
- K-TRIO for all: „Science is magical and inspiring“ – demonstrations and experiments, open and interactive laboratories, virtual visits to museums.
The European Researchers’ Night will take place in the largest cities in Bulgaria – Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Burgas, Ruse and Stara Zagora as well as in Shumen, Veliko Tarnovo, Yambol and Haskovo.
Web streaming will reach smaller towns and villages, remote and isolated places and the Bulgarian Diaspora abroad.
A special place in the program is dedicated to the European Union initiative to attract talent in science and support the career development and mobility of researchers, presented by EURAXESS – Bulgaria within the Virtual EU Corner.
Top scientific achievements will be presented by the project members of:
- UNITe project for development of a Center of Excellence in ICT in Bulgaria,
- Center for Competence „Clean Technologies for Sustainable Environment – Water, Waste, Energy for Circular Economy“ project
- GATE project – „Big Data for the benefit of a smart society“
Program of the events (in Bulgarian language) – https://nauka.bg/nosht2020-programa/
Information about the project K-TRIO 4 – “Researchers in the Knowledge Triangle”
The project is funded by the Marie Sclodowska-Curie Actions programme of the EU. The overall K-TRIO 4 objective coincides with the goal of the European Researchers’ Night initiative:
„bringing researchers to the general public and increasing awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers’ work on citizens´ daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on research careers.“
The strategic long-term objectives are fostering the interest of young talents to researchers career in academia or industry, nurturing a new culture of creativity, scientific curiosity and innovative spirit, as well as enhancing the public readiness to engage in Citizens Science, Open Science and Open Innovation activities.
The following specific objectives are defined:
- Raising public awareness of education, research and innovation as main drivers of the knowledge society, with great impact on everyday life of citizens and more sustainable future;
- Changing public attitude to researchers and their work, and enhancing their interest in science;
- Nurturing a new research and innovation culture and attracting young people (kids and students) to STEM and researchers career;
- Increasing the public understanding of European initiatives for building the ERA and making Europe more “green” and competitive through research and innovation.
K-TRIO 4: Partners:
- Sofia University „St. Cl. Ohridski ” (Coordinator)
- Sdruzhenie Forum NAUKA
- Thrakia University – Stara Zagora
- University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev“
- Medical University – Varna
- University „Prof. Asen Zlatarov ”- Burgas
- Center for Plant and Systems Biology and Biotechnology – Plovdiv
- Institute of Mathematics and Informatics – BAS
- Club Young Scientists
Information about the EU initiative European Researchers’ Night
The European Researchers’ Night, funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), is a Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the public.
The initiative begins in 2005 by organizing a first public event in Brussels, aimed to enhance researchers’ public recognition, its role within the society, to stimulate youngsters and people at large to be involved in research and understand its impact in everyday life.
The Night provides researchers the opportunity to showcase the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, and to stimulate interest in research careers – especially among young people. The events highlight how researchers contribute to our society by displaying their work in an interactive and engaging forum.
In 2019, the European Researchers’ Night is organized in 433 cities from 27 countries across Europe and beyond. Over 1.6 million visitors attended the events and over 36,000 researchers took part.
More information about the initiative is available on the MSCA official webpage: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/european-researchers-night_en