Slowing down global warming, improving our cities, preventing hunger and drought, fighting cancer… It's all part of the topics that schools, youth, citizens and stakeholders will discover through Science is Wonderful!, a free science exhibition which brings the world of science to the public.
Science is Wonderful! will feature an array of fun, educational online activities that introduce visitors to the latest cutting-edge research taking place throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The exhibition has established a reputation as a major event that introduces the public to the science of tomorrow.
This year, the event will be open to schools and public from all over Europe through a dedicated online platform, where they will be able to meet and talk to researchers, ask them questions, perform their own scientific experiments, play games and watch an array of online activities in different languages. Particpants can discover the microbes that make our food tastier, take an underwater voyage to experience our cultural heritage, uncover a method to turn waste into wonderful materials and artworks - and many more scientific marvels that have a direct impact on our everyday lives. The flagship event may even inspire visitors – young and old alike – to embark on an exciting, fulfilling career in science!
So, what's there for you?
- 40 stands of amazing research projects, where you will be able to chat with researchers from all over the world and discover educational, fun, live activities in different languages
- 4 stands where you can learn more about the European Union and how it is supporting researchers, scientists and innovators
- Do-it-yourself activities to reproduce at home or at school, available in all official EU languages
- And much more!
See the programme for a list of all stands and available languages!
Science is Wonderful 2020 - Available to everyone online!
To attend the event, all you should do for now is to register. The event will be accessible as from 22 September through the website of the European Research and Innovation Days with the user name and password you chose for your registration.
About EU R&I days
The EU R&I days brings together world leaders to debate and shape the future of research and innovation. This Research and Innovation days take place in a crucial year. The event follows an unprecedented global crisis. It also takes place just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe – starting its next research and innovation programme in 2021 - and an enhanced European Research Area. The EU R&I days therefore will provide a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe and beyond.
Are you interested?
Schools and citizens will need to register to take part in the event (for free). The registration link, details about the event platform and the programme of activities will be made available as from the beginning of September and communicated through this website - check this space for updates.
How to Register
Schools, citizens and stakeholders can participate in the event for free.
Pupils and students shouldn't register individually:
Check the step-by-step tutorial on how to register.
We also offer a guide for teachers on how to prepare their class for this year's Science is Wonderful! online experience.
Contact details and questions
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email:
Questions from schools: schoolsSIW2020@vo-europe.eu
Questions from the public: infoSIW2020@vo-europe.eu
This year's Science is Wonderful! projects
Batteries of the future
Batteries are present everywhere. They power our mobile phones, our laptops and even electric cars. We want these batteries to provide as much energy as possible and we want them to be recharged as fast and as often as possible. ARTISTIC develops computer programs to improve your batteries of the future.
Project: Advanced and Reusable Theory for the In Silico optimization of composite electrode fabrication processes for rechargeable battery Technologies with Innovative Chemistries
How can we stop global warming with electricity?
Fossil fuels have to be replaced because they emit CO2 which is responsible for climate change. Sun and wind power can be an alternative, but they are only available during the day/autumn. So, we need to store their energy. Batteries can be part of the solution, but we can’t power industrial plants just with batteries. A additional solution can be to store energy in chemical bonds. Hydrogen can be used as a clean fuel - if we burn hydrogen, we get only water. And we can make the hydrogen from water using electrochemistry. And the electricity can be produced from the sun. But what to do with all the CO2 available now? Reuse it and make new chemicals from it.
Project: Electrochemical Conversion of Renewable Electricity into Fuels and Chemicals
Clean water: Drug pollution is no solution
Drugs and medicines are improving and saving lives across the globe, especially during the current COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. However, many of these drugs are finding their way into our homes through waste-water, factory waste and hospitals, and can end up in our drinking water and in the food chains. Removing these drugs from our environment is difficult and expensive. RECOPHARMA is developing advanced technologies to treat water and remove the drugs from our environment quickly and more cheaply. At the same time, RECOPHARMA is helping to train people, including scientists, industry and the general public, in ways of treating water responsibly, now and in the future.
Project: Removal and Recovery of Pharmaceutical Persistent Pollutants from Wastewater by Selective Reagentless Process
Microplastics: a global micro-scale threat!
In the big challenge of water contamination, the presence of a large amount of microplastics (MPs) in aquatic environments, human-related food, and even in the air is posing some concerns for the marine ecosystem and human life. MPs are plastic particles smaller than 5 mm. Plastic became unavoidable in modern life, but improper waste management has led to its widespread presence in the environment. The project proposes a better understanding of MPs behavior and a sustainable solution to decrease their presence, which could also lead to residual microorganisms in tap water. Therefore, the project also focuses on UV-C LED disinfection mechanism to increase domestic resilience versus pathogens.
Project: Sustainable Reactor Engineering for Applications on the Water-Energy Nexus
ZAP! Electrochemistry, an ally during the crisis!
Ensuring access to safe water and sanitation is essential to health and a human right. As a consequence of high input of nitrogen fertilizers, nitrate pollution is one of the top ten most common water quality violations reported worldwide. Nitrate is a toxic and risky water pollutant that can cause cancer, thyroid problems, and adverse respiratory effects. Therefore, this project aims to remove that contaminant using electrochemical systems in large-scale water treatment systems or in very small units within homes. Nitrate is reduced by applying energy to low-cost earth-abundant materials in order to efficient achieve innocuous nitrogen gas.
Project: Nitrate Imbalance-control by TRAnsformative Technologies that are Electrochemically-driven
Environment and Geosciences
Funny fruits, valuable vegetables & lovely legumes
Eating is one of our basic needs to stay alive. Despite the fact that a large diversity of fresh and processed food products are available on the market today, food suppliers, food industries and food scientists are worried about ‘the food for the future’. Questions such as ‘How to feed 10 billion people in 2050? How to reduce food waste? How to produce high quality and more sustainable food products?’ are still unanswered. It is believed that an increased consumption of fruits, vegetables and legumes can partially solve this problem. The transformation of fresh products into processed foods and ingredients by innovative strategies can create a more efficient and sustainable food chain.
Project: Enginomics in food quality design: the case of shelf-stable fruit-, vegetable- and legume-based foods
Climate change – interact and adapt
CRESCENDO uses some of the biggest computers in the world to predict how the climate will change in the future. The Earth’s climate is made up of many parts that interact with each other. For example, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing the Earth to get warmer, it also gets taken out of the atmosphere by plants, and plants depend on rain and temperature to grow. Carbon is also taken up by the ocean. Increasing carbon in the ocean and warmer waters are bad for marine life. Changes to any part of our planet can have effects elsewhere. CRESCENDO's results will help us all avoid dangerous changes to our climate and the natural world.
Project: Coordinated Research in Earth Systems and Climate: Experiments, Knowledge, Dissemination and Outreach
Atlantic Adventures: Diving into the Deep
"ATLAS aims to improve our understanding of complex deep-sea ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean, looking at the incredible creatures that make their home in this extreme environment, how they are connected to species across the Atlantic and how they may be affected by changing conditions on the planet. The discoveries made as part of the project will help scientists have a clearer picture of what goes on in the deep-Atlantic ocean and help guide governments in passing laws and creating guidelines that will protect the ocean and the animals that live there for the future."
Project: A transatlantic assessment and deep-water ecosystem-based spatial management plan for Europe
Wastewater treatment - the power of earthworms
Can you imagine that earthworms eat poo-poo? And that this helps the environment and our health? In our research project, we set-up huge yellow tanks and fill them with thousands of earthworms. Then we feed them with sewage! The earthworms start working. They eat the shit and toilet paper, while tiny microorganisms deal with the wee and other pollutants. Yep, that sounds crazy and pretty disgusting. But what these microorganisms do is very important. They clean the wastewater from all substances which can make people sick and pollute the environment. We try to find out how effective these simple systems are where there is no sewer, and if we can reuse the water for irrigation of plants.
Project: Innovative Ecological on-site Sanitation System for Water and Resource Savings
Bio-waste and manure as nutrient source for crops
"To be able to produce food for the growing population, we are using mineral fertilisers, containing nutrients required for plants and crops to grow. Yet these are originated from mining or chemically creating them using a lot of energy and emitting greenhouse gasses. To be able to still provide crops with the nutrients they need in the future, we can extract them them from bio-waste or manure, and use these recycled nutrients instead. SYSTEMIC will demonstrate that this is possible in large factories, that also produce biogas. A nature friendly gas that can be used as energy source. SYSTEMIC wants to spread this idea so more of these factories will be able to create recycled nutrients."
Project: Systemic large scale eco-innovation to advance circular economy and mineral recovery from organic waste in Europe
Innovation towards clean seas
"Having steadily increased with global production in the past fifty years, the presence of plastic debris is nowadays recognized as a major environmental problem, with consequences directly affecting not only nature and biodiversity, but also society and human well-being. In response, CLAIM will target the prevention and in-situ management of both micro- and macroplastics, through the development of both new technologies and redefined methodological approaches to innovate the ways in which we clean and monitor our seas. "
Project: Cleaning marine litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European seas
Soil lichens: Can they protect our ecosystems?
Ecosystems located in south Europe, also known as Mediterranean areas, are going to suffer a big stress in the coming years due to climate change and atmospheric pollution. Soil surface in these areas is usually covered by little organisms (mosses, lichens and cyanobacteria), which give protection to the soil. We still do not know how the joint effect of these environmental issues will impact our ecosystems, and it is very important to study this so we can foster the development of the soil cover that best protects these areas and the many benefits to humans gifted by healthy ecosystems, such as production of food and water, control of climate and diseases or oxygen production.
Project: Assessing the Interactive Effects on Nitrogen Addition and Climate Change on Soil Processes through the Biological Soil Crust in Mediterranean Ecosystems
Green concrete for sustainability
"DuRSAAM proves that green concrete is working. Concrete is an artificial stone and is the most often used material to build. Green concrete means that it is better for the environment. Indeed, concrete has a large environmental footprint (global warming and using a lot of materials from earth). DuRSAAM researchers are working to make our concrete as strong as always, but using new recipes. "
Project: The PhD Training Network on Durable, Reliable and Sustainable Structures with Alkali-Activated Materials
What happens to the ice at the poles?
The Arctic Ocean has lost a considerable amount of sea ice in the past decades, due to the increased greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere but also due to a series of natural factors. One of these natural factors is the heat transported by the ocean. Researchers od OSealce are looking at how the ocean heat melts sea ice in the Arctic Ocean using climate models and satellite data. The final goal of this project is to improve the future model projections of Arctic sea ice.
Project: Two-way interactions between ocean heat transport and Arctic sea ice
Art out of waste: build it up!
W2W wants to turn all your household waste into resources for the future. On one side, human civilization generates a lot of waste from tissue paper to metal products for their comfortable living. Whereas, on the other side, it also needs cozy living standards in housing. To build such houses, we need materials like cement, sand, rocks, for which, we again have to disturb nature. In this project, researchers try to convert the waste produced from human activities at home to alternatives for building materials for their comfortable living without disturbing nature. Thereby, creating a greener future!
Project: Waste to Wealth (W2W): A total solution for municipal solid waste incinerated ash in geopolymer concrete
Trees' helpers: how microbes can protect plants
Forests have significant economic, social and environmental importance for European citizens. They offer societal benefits and positive effects on human health through recreation and tourism. Invasive pathogens and infectious diseases are a threat to European forests. Resistree wants to find out what makes a tree resistant or susceptible to a certain disease. Its researchers will explore whether the microbiome (the microbes that live inside the tree) can protect them and prevent the infection of the tree; and will also test with a thermal camera if it is possible to distinguish a healthy or a diseased tree by temperature before the symptoms of infection appear.
Project: Identification of Phytophthora resistant beech trees by composition of endophyte communities, lesion formation and phenomics approaches."
How the soil feeds the water
To improve farming we have dug ditches and installed drainage pipes in the soil. This makes it possible to remove excess water from the soil, which, in turn, allows farmers to start working on the fields earlier in the season and grow larger crops. The ditches and pipes remove the water but with it they also remove nutrients and soil particles. This changes the composition of the soil and processes within it, and puts more nutrients into the water than what is needed, which can lead to algal blooms. IDESoWa's researchers are trying to understand how long-term drainage changes the soil, and how different land management practices affect agricultural runoff quality.
Project: Increased drainage effect on soil properties and water quality
How can bioinspired materials save our heritage?
Our cultural heritage represents universal symbols for all of us, a shared bond between cultures and people. Some of the most famous examples of cultural heritage are composed of stone. However, because stone heritage is continuously suffering from weathering processes due to their interaction with the environment, it is in danger of disappearing forever! An issue that has become urgent since the increase of natural decay caused by climate change and/or the impact of atmospheric pollution. Inspired by the fascinating structure of nacre (mother of pearl), the BIONA4ART project proposes develop new protective coatings to preserve our rich stone heritage.
Project: Bio-inspired nacre-like materials for the next generation of conservation treatments in stone art works
Unsinking the underwater cultural heritage
iMARECULTURE aims to present the underwater cultural heritage through serious games, Virtual and Augmented Reality to the general public through applications available online.
Project: Advanced VR, iMmersive serious games and Augmented REality as tools to raise awareness and access to European underwater CULTURal heritagE
Serving science and society, innovating research
Imagine OpenAIRE as the Google of research. In Google, you look for general information on something you are curious about. In OpenAIRE, you look for specific information about your research work. In OpenAIRE, you can search for studies on many different topics and find the results you need, from ornithology to botany to computer. The information on OpenAIRE comes from everywhere like your country or Russia or Australia. ON-MERRIT studies the reasons why researchers are treated in different ways and what is the solution to solve inequalities; for example, why someone is considered to be the best scientist in the UK while he is not considered for a job as a researcher in Italy.
Project: OpenAIRE Advancing Open Scholarship, Observing and Negating Matthew Effects in Responsible Research & Innovation Transition
Acronym: OpenAIRE Advance, ON-MERRIT
In the ParCos project we know that we are all scientists, even if we only do science as a hobby and it is not our everyday job. We think that the tools for making sense of science data and telling and sharing stories about it should be easy and fun for anyone to use. We want to make tools that help us all to tell science stories using games, virtual reality and other alternatives to science textbooks and news stories. Using ParCos' methods, everyone should have the chance to get involved and help to interpret the large amount of science data that reveals a lot about the world we live in.
Project: Participatory Communication of Science
Big Data - Big Transformation in Transport
LeMO studies how transport systems can be improved using data science. Today, how we move and travel is digitally recorded on computers. We can analyze these huge digital records and improve transport by reducing travel times, traffic and pollution. But before we can use and analyze this data we need to overcome several challenges such as easily sharing the digital information from different sources and countries with researchers and identifying innovative ways of applying it in transport sector. LeMO studies all these issues and proposes recommendations to help researchers and policy makers.
Project: Leveraging Big Data to Manage Transport Operations
Societal level impacts of automated vehicles
Levitate is building tools to help European cities, regions and national governments prepare for a future with increasing levels of automated vehicles in passenger cars, urban transport services and urban logistics. The aim of the project is to prepare a new impact assessment framework to enable policymakers to manage the introduction of connected and automated transport systems, maximize the benefits and utilise the technologies to achieve societal objectives.
Project: Societal Level Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles
The Future of European Railways
TER4RAIL is a project that is trying to make people use the train more, also known as rail transportation, because nowadays people and goods are using more other modes such as planes, cars and trucks. Trains are more environamentaly friendly than other modes because they consume less energy per transported unit and because they are electric and almost do not produce gas emissions. Our project is looking in science to see which new technologies could be used for rail transportation so we make it better and therefore cheaper, comfortable to use, and even safe against coronavirus.
Project: Transversal Exploratory Research Activities for Railway
The superpowers of fibres
Fibrenet is related to fibres and how to use them effectively as part of different materials. These materials can be for example wound dressings, car parts or packaging materials. Fibrenet focuses on bio-based fibres which means fibres that can be found in nature, such as wood fibres from trees, or fibres that are man-made from biological materials. Its researchers want to tailor the fibre-containing materials to be as good as possible for their purpose of use and to reduce the use of fossil-based materials such as plastic. To reach these goals, they develop different tools and methods for altering, studying and producing bio-based fibres. They also study the environmental effects of the fibre products.
Project: A Training Network on Designing Novel Bio-based Fibre Products for Targeted Advanced Properties and New Applications
Quieter and safer Pavements - shaping a new rock
The SAFERUP! is a project that looks to make pavements more intelligent, safe, environmentally friendly. Researchers are developing a new material for pavements that can reduce the noise of passing cars and help them stop much sooner when braking. In this project, researchers are mixing waste materials from rocks and stones, with some liquids (not water), until they get a paste. These are poured into moulds to cast little rocks-called aggregates, the shape is very nice, they are a mix between spheres and cubes! These little made up rocks are used to put with asphalt and pave a new road! The aggregates have these special shapes because with it we can make road much quitter and much safer, for everyone!
Project: Sustainable, Accessible, Safe, Resilient and Smart Urban Pavements
Lighting the Green World
Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are driving a revolution in lighting systems due to their superior energy efficiency, and are entering the Internet of Things (IoT) market with embedded sensory functionalities. By bringing connectivity to every LED bulb, Visible Light Communication (VLC) offers the opportunity to revolutionize the existing ubiquitous networks. With VLC networking still in its infancy, ENLIGHT’EM is taking the unique opportunity to design IoT systems that leverage the low energy consumption of LEDs to jointly deliver lighting and communication. ENLIGHT'EM explores the emerging field of low-energy VLC systems for the IoT to design and demonstrates sustainable networking solutions.
Project: European Training Network in Low-Energy Visible Light IoT Systems
A Virtual Human Heart for Drug Safety Predictions
Drug development requires extensive testing before a medicine can go to clinical trials, and then be approved and launched on the market. Most of these tests are performed in animals, not always good in predicting potential side effects in humans. The TransQST project aims to develop new computational and experimental tools to improve the identification of side effects caused by medicines in the human heart, liver, kidney and gastrointestinal-immune system. Examples are the use of computer modelling and simulations and stem cells. The TransQST project will contribute to the development of safer medicine for patients, and also to a reduction of the animal experiments for drug safety testing.
Project: Translational quantitative systems toxicology to improve the understanding of the safety of medicines
Fight the coronavirus with tobacco plants
"NEWCOTIANA aims to modify the tobacco plants. So instead of using tobacco plants to produce cigarettes that are harmful to health, tobacco plants will be programmed to produce important substances used in cosmetics and medicine, such as potential coronavirus vaccines. To this end, researchers will apply new high-precision breeding technologies and apply them to the improvement of tobacco genome. The aim is to convert traditional tobacco into a new plant crop that provides new uses compatible with health and supports tobacco farmers who were faced with a decline in production. "
Project: Developing Multipurpose Nicotiana Crops for Molecular Farming using New Plant Breeding Techniques
Superhero doctors will defend you from the cancer
BrachyDOSE is dedicated to cancer patients treatment worldwide and treatment control. Its researchers are developing the device, which will help oncology doctors to avoid prostate, breast, cervical lung cancer treatment errors and enables patients to get well faster and leave the hospital healthier.
Project: Developing a feasibility study for the future commercialization of BranchyDose – an innovative accurate and simple brachytherapy measurements tool
Microbiota, the fabulous powers of the gut
Since our birth, we live in symbiosis, a win/win relation, with the microbes living in our body and more precisely in our intestines: one hundred trillion weighing more than 1 kg! This relationship is essential to keep us healthy and to keep them alive by providing food we can't digest. An altered relationship results in a decrease of bacteria in the gut, associated with a reduction of our immune system efficiency and an increase in diseases. Thus, preserving this symbiosis is essential to maintaining health. Homo.symbiosus will provide a better understanding of the symbiosis between humans and microbes, paving the way for new medical approaches to restore immunity.
Project: Assessing, preserving and restoring man-microbes symbiosis
Living harmoniously with microorganisms
IS_MIRRI21 plans to collect and study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and also information about them which were gathered by researchers in Europe. These microorganisms will be collected from anyone including teachers, students and citizens but also universities which already have collections of them. Hence, there will be a library of microorganisms and anyone who knows how to study them can have access to them. The scientists/biologist involved in this project will use these microorganisms to study and share information about them with scientists and citizens in the whole world and also train university students on how to experiment and analyse them with care and safety.
Project: Implementation and Sustainability of Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure for 21st Century
EBRAINS – Decoding the brain and fighting diseases
"The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a large EU funded science project which started in 2013. The HBP is a 10-year long effort to increase understanding of the human brain. It includes 500 scientists in 18 countries and more than 130 institutions. They work together on improving treatments for brain disease and injury. They also explore whether we can learn how to build learning machines through understanding biological learning processes. Much of the work is done using some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. In its final three years, the HBP is building EBRAINS, a shared European Research Infrastructure enabling the research approaches developed during the project to continue."
Project: Human Brain Project
Enigmatic relation of cancer and immune cells
CanFaster studies the cancers which are caused by viruses like human papilloma virus (HPV) and Epstein Barr virus (EBV) in head and neck area. The good news is like any other viral infection, our body’s immune cells can help us fight the virally induced cancers, called immunotherapy. These patients can be treated in the beginning with immunotherapy and saved the pain from strong chemicals. Researchers are studying to identify the ‘good’ immune cells and stop the mischievous ones from causing further harm. Right now, some of these kinds of drugs are given to patients as the last option but we aim to identify what kind of immunotherapy can help these patients a long term.
Project: The Translational Cancer Faster Forward doctoral programme – CanFaster
A million times smaller: welcome to the Nanoworld!
Cells interact with each other to assure that everything works fine inside our body. It may happen that some cells start to behave in a strange way and do not want work with the other cells anymore. These are the cancer cells. To avoid that problems arise from this abnormal behaviour, other cells behave like police to assure that all the cells obey to the law of our body. However, the cancer cells are smart and try to deceive the control of the police-cells, which cannot distinguish them from the other healthy cells. When this happen, our body cannot work properly. iCARE-2 project aims to help the police cells to recognize and fight the cancer cells, bringing back order in the organism.
Project: Mechanobiology-mediated nanoparticles-cells interactions to develop immunotherapy against breast cancer (International Cancer Research Fellowships - 2)
Bio-based solutions for food waste’s second life
Did you know? The waste generated from the entire food chain (from the farmer to the consumer) is huge: 88 million tonnes in 2012 in the EU. This has impacts on the environment, in terms of loss of resources, and economically, because waste management has important costs. Nevertheless, unexploited waste is yet a source of useful ingredients! This is precisely the objective of PROLIFIC: finding innovative techniques to recover valuable ingredients from legumes (such as peas, chickpeas etc.), mushroom and coffee residues and converting them into products such as cereal-based, vegetarian/vegan and meat food products, cosmetic creams and toothpaste, cosmetic packaging, and animal feed.
Project: Integrated cascades of processes for the extraction and valorisation of proteins and bioactive molecules from legumes, fungi and coffee agro-industrial side streams
Watch the virus
Life can be found in nature at different length scales. Viruses, like Covid-19, lies almost at the end of this chart with their super small size. In order to fight such small creatures, it results to be really helpful to directly "see" them, their shape and their composition capturing every single small detail. Now, imagine that you want to know how something is made by using a projectile. Obviously, the projectile has to be smaller than the virus in our case. In nature there are really few options which match this requirement as for example the components which compose an atom such electrons. Therefore, EMSC studies how to capture all the details of the virus with electrons.
Project: Electron Microscopy for the Study of Covid-19 (ICFOstepstone PhD Programme for Early-Stage Researchers in Photonics)
Social Sciences and Humanities
Stimulating innovations for a sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services
InnoForESt seeks to spark a transformation of the European forest sector by stimulating innovations for the sustainable supply and financing of forest ecosystem services. European forests provide a broad range of ecosystem goods & services vital to society, however their sustainable provision remain challenging. The objective of InnoForESt is to explore the delivery of forest ecosystem services and foster the development of innovative policy, management, and business solutions. The project brings together a consortium of five European universities, seven environmental and forestry agencies, seven NGOs and a variety of SMEs, forest owners and networks.
Project: Smart information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services
Restorying our World: Kid-power Adventures for All
Once Upon the Future (OUF) is an anthology of stories, targeted at children 7-11, inspired by the research of 6 sustainability scientists. The book created by the project aims at triggering children's curiosity about their environment, highlight the importance of cultural traditions, nurture feelings of hope and care for the Earth, and empower readers to bring up change in their communities. Each story is sprinkled with humor and magical realism, enlivened with beautiful illustrations, and complemented by educational resources. Using simple yet vibrant language, they convey insights on circular economy, rural development, commoning practices, biodiversity conservation, urban governance, and arts-based leadership.
Project: Once Upon the Future: Everyday Adventures that Change the World (Sustainable Place-Shaping)
What would your day look in 2020 without the EU?
What would happen if the European Union stopped existing? What would change in our personal lives? In this project, researchers are evaluating different scenarios (from more to less European cooperation) by giving different concretes example of what Europe brings to us in our daily lives. Would the prices of our products change? What would change in terms of healthcare and laws? What would mean to live close to a national border in 2020 without the agreements of the EU?
Project: Stronger Together (Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe)
European Research and Innovation
Joint Research Centre
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European Institute of Innovation & Technology
Learn about how the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) builds links between citizens, researchers and start-ups to collaborate on putting world-leading bright ideas into practice. During the three days of the exhibition you will also get to learn more about EIT-supported projects: SARA - a social autonomous robot that improves the life of healthcare professionals and their clients, Bound4Blue - a sail that can be used on freight ships to reduce fuel & emissions, 3DSTRONG - A 3D printer that increases the strength & durability of 3D printing materials and iLoF (Intelligent Lab on Fiber) - a screening tool that decreases the cost & time of clinical trials.
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