Join the European Researchers’ Night! Discover science, meet researchers, and enjoy yourself!

It is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year on the last Friday in September. Around 30 countries and over 300 cities are involved.

Which European Researchers' Night event would you like to attend?

Every year hundreds of events take place simultaneously in Europe and neighbouring countries.

In 2017 all the events will take place – simultaneously- on Friday 29 September*, in over 300 cities across Europe and in neighbouring countries. Find an event near you on the map below. 

*with the exception of events taking place in Israel on 19 September.

In Brussels, the European Commission and the European Parliament are organising a special event from 26 Tuesday to 27 Wednesday September called "Science is wonder-ful".

All the events are supported by the European Commission as a part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme, to boost the careers of researchers.


How successful is it?

The European Researchers' Nights have been organised every September since 2005. Some of the past events received national prizes. In 2015, the event celebrated its 10th anniversary. About 1.1 million citizens and 18,000 researchers took part, in the scientific events organised in over 300 cities within Europe and neighbouring countries.

The events showcase what researchers really do for society in interactive and engaging ways, promoting research careers to young people and their parents. Fight cancer, stop global warming, prevent hunger and drought, invent devices for disabled people, and make human life easy in space! This could be the fascinating daily work of the faces behind science participating at the European Researchers' Night 2017, who can change our lives. With family, friends, your school or on your own, become a scientist for a day and participate in science activities – great entertainment.

See the frequently asked questions on the European Researchers' Night.

Who can apply?

This action is meant for any legal entity that is capable of organising the event and is established in an EU Member State or Horizon 2020 Associated Country. This will often involve coordinating regional, national or international partners.

For example: private and public research organisations, companies, public authorities, schools, science museums, parent-teacher organisations, EU mobility centres for researchers, foundations or the media may apply.

What can be funded?

Any event that boosts public awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people, can be supported. European Union funded researchers should interact as much as possible with visitors and show how their research has an impact on people’s daily lives.

For further information about how to associate your event to the NIGHT, please refer to the How do we apply section below.

What does the funding cover?

Funding covers any expenses linked to the organisation of a research outreach event. It can be spent on preparations and publicity, the event itself and assessment of its impact.

Activities that can be supported include:

  • hands-on experiments conducted by researchers
  • science shows with public participation
  • debates
  • "researchers' dating"(meet a researcher and ask them questions)
  • competitions (science quizzes, games, puzzles, photo and art contests, etc)
  • workshops for children
  • guided visits of labs, research institutes, and other relevant places that are usually closed to the public

This list is by no means exhaustive… be creative.

Grants can cover up to two years. Their value varies according to the scale of the events proposed.

Who decides?

NIGHT projects are selected through an open competition and transparent, independent evaluation, using a series of pre-determined criteria.

How do we apply?

Projects can compete to organise the European Researchers' Night via the submission of an application to a call for proposals, with only the best selected for EU support. These calls are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA). 
The call to organise the European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT) in 2016 and 2017 closed on 13 January 2016.

If you submitted a proposal that passed the evaluation thresholds but could not be funded due to insufficient call budget, you have been informed by letter of the possibility to request to associate your event with the NIGHT.

Once associated to the NIGHT, your project and its website is advertised in the events section on the European Researchers' Night website in 2016 and 2017.

All selected projects must indicate on all promotional material (online and offline) that they are associated to the NIGHT event. The following wording should be used: 
"The [name] project is associated to the European Researchers' Night event, an initiative of the European Union funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions."

The next call for proposals for the organisation of the European Researchers' Nights 2018-2019 will be published in 2017. The information that you need will be published on the Participant Portal.

Find out how to apply for the 2018-2019 call from this factsheet.