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European Researchers' Night: family events dedicated to popular science

The opportunity to meet researchers and become one!

This is all about. The European Researchers' Nights are events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. They are a unique opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and find out what they really do for society, in interactive and engaging ways. This can be through hands-on experiments, science shows, learning activities for children, guided visits of research labs, science quizzes, games, competitions with researchers and more.

The European Researchers' Night takes place every year all over Europe and in neighbouring countries the last Friday of September. This year, the events will take placeon Friday 29 September in over 300 cities.

The events are supported by the European Commission as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which is an EU funding programme to boost the careers of researchers


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Why you should attend?

European Researchers' Night: family events dedicated to popular scienceOften billed as family events, the European Researchers' Night in fact appeals to people of all ages – whether with their family, their school, friends or on their own –intrigued by how things work and by what science means for their lives.


Many of these popular science events will let you go behind the scenes, e.g. to labs that are usually closed to the public. You may discover the scientist in you while being part of a Europe-wide mega event.

How successful is it?

European Researchers' Night: family events dedicated to popular scienceThe 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.

Who can organise it?

European Researchers' Night: family events dedicated to popular scienceProjects 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 next call for proposals for the organisation of the European Researchers' Nights 2018-2019 will be published in 2017.

Any comments on this page or the events?

European Researchers' Night: family events dedicated to popular scienceSend an e-mail to REA-COMMUNICATION@ec.europa.eu