The Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Olsztyn, Poland, was awarded the prestigious Saint James’s Prize. They won in the category “Outstanding merits for Olsztyn” for the organisation of the biggest and most important popular science event in Europe – the European Researchers’ Night.
At the event's editions from 2014 until 2017, 50 000 guests could explore the curiosities of science and learnt the role of research achievements in people’s everyday life in Olsztyn. Youngsters were inspired to embark on scientific careers in the future, while school children tried their hands at mind-exciting and edutaining activities that proved science can be fun.
The European Researcher's Night is a Europe wide public event aiming at bringing researchers and research projects to a mass audience across the continent and beyond on a single evening, the last Friday of each September yearly. In 2017, 342 cities hosted events around Europe and 21.850 researchers were actively involved in the activities offered in 27 countries with more than 1 million visitors.