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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Science is Wonder-ful!
Monday, 25/09/2017 to Wednesday, 27/09/2017
Where fun meets science

More than 4,600 people took part in the 'Science is wonder-ful!' event on 25, 26 and 27 September 2017 in Brussels.

Free and open to the public, 'Science is wonder-ful!' aims to stimulate interest in and curiosity for science and research through a set of ‘edutainment’ activities, challenge the communication skills of the researchers present at the event, and bring together the researcher community with the public at large.

The 2017 edition of the event main highlights were the 1st Falling Walls Lab - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions on 25 September (at the House of European History) and the European Researchers' Night on 26 and 27 September (in the Parlamentarium), with a myriad of activities to all as a launch event to kick off the 2017 European Researchers' Night around Europe.

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Press release

European Researchers' Night

The European Researchers' Night is a European Commission's flagship initiative aiming at bringing researchers and the general public closer, to dispel stereotypes concerning researchers and research field, and to encourage young people to embark careers in research.

Over 1 million visitors attend the NIGHT simultaneously on the last Friday of September in almost 30 countries and more than 340 cities. Discover the events that took place in 2017 near you.

What the people say

Video interviews

Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Sylvie Guillaume, Vice-President of the European Parliament

Jaume Duch, Spokesperson of the European Parliament and the Director-General of Communication

Sophie Beernaerts, Head of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Unit, European Commission

Press

Here's a selection of coverage of Science is Wonder-ful! from the Belgian press:

Where fun meets science

During the European Researchers' Night in Brussels, visitors met EU funded projects and researchers from many different disciplines.

The event brought research to the public through hands-on experiments and many other sorts of activities including: live experiments, face-to-face chats with current researchers, a trip through the history of European integration, the 100,000th Fellows Award Ceremony and a debate on the fact of the new researcher (multi-talented and open to the world). The event was jointly organised by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Bus facilities were available for all Belgian schools interested.

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Falling Walls Lab

Falling Walls Lab – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

The Falling Walls Lab – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is a science contest to showcase the most promising scientific projects. 30 on-going MSCA researchers had the opportunity to present a three-minute pitch of their research to a distinguished jury representing science and business organisations. All scientific disciplines were eligible and contestants were selected based on an open call.

The winners of the first edition of the 'Falling Walls Lab–Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions' are:

1st prize: Fabien Wagner (Breaking the Wall of Paralysis with Neurotechnologies)

2nd prize: John Palmer (Breaking the Wall of Mosquito-Born Disease)

3rd prize: Lisa Wilson (Breaking the Wall of Autism)

Audience prize: Murad Tayebjee (Breaking the Wall of the Dirty Energy)

The first two winners will be invited to the Finale in Berlin in November 2017 where 100 promising researchers from around the world will compete to present their projects. The three winners of the Finale in Berlin are awarded the title of "Young Innovator of the year", receive a cash prize and get the opportunity to give their talk on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2017 in front of 600 guests.

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Winners of the international science contest Falling Walls Lab
Winners of the international science contest Falling Walls Lab

100,000th Fellows Award Ceremony

This year's edition of the European Researchers' Night in Brussels was particularly special, featuring the scientists representing the 100,000th Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellows at the award ceremony.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions announced the funding of its 100,000th fellow earlier in 2017. To celebrate this significant milestone, the European Commission showcased 30 exemplary researchers (among them 18 women) and their projects funded by the MSCA within the European Researchers' Night in Brussels, highlighting the programme's commitment to excellence and worldwide mobility in research.

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Photo from the MSCA Awards Ceremony
Photo from the MSCA Awards Ceremony

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Belgian Schools - Discover Science!

More than 1,600 pupils and students from 20 Belgian and international schools visited the European Researchers' Night in Brussels on 26 and 27 September. They had the opportunity to discover hands-on experiments and met with scientists who explained their research.

The European Commission organised bus facilities to facilitate the participation of Belgian schools to attend the event at any time on 26 and 27 September.

Stands

Check out the different stands that were present at Science is wonder-ful. At each stand, researchers engaged audiences and shared their research through presentations, activities and games.

Achieving a shared goal!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

The game is designed to demonstrate how university, government, industry and society can work together to promote innovation. Discover how to get stakeholders with different interests to work towards a shared goal.

Researchers

Huong Nguyen T. (Vietnam)

Saeed Moghadam Saman (Iran)

Volcanic time bomb
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Volcanic eruptions are spectacular displays of nature’s irrepressible power, but put local communities at risk and have global impact. Join us on a journey into the heart of Popocatépetl volcano, one of the most active in North America. Using a 3D printed model you'll get the opportunity to recreate different types of eruptions and explore how cities and lives might be affected.

Researchers

  • Chiara Maria PETRONE (Italy)
  • Martin MANGLER (France)
The multilingual ladder
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Test your language and cultural skills and see your results on the special evaluation ladder. Explore through our activities the links between the Roman and Slavic languages.

Researchers

  • Jana BIROVA (Slovakia)
  • Martina LIPKOVA (Slovakia)
Holograms are Wonder-ful!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Create spectacular holograms of small, bright and hard objects thanks to our teaching kit and bring them almost everywhere.

Researchers

  • Alexandre ESCARGUEL (France)
  • Evelyne SALANÇON (France)
     
Brainwashed
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Explore the human mind: the way we think and how (awkwardly) we approach phenomena around us. Beware: we might spoil some magic tricks as well!

Researcher

  • Laszlo Zsiros
How to look for a treasure?
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Use non-destructive methods to examine underground areas of historical churches to find old tombs or other objects with archaeological, historical and cultural value. See for yourself real findings from an old church and chapel.

Researchers

  • Jakub CHROMAK (Slovakia)
  • Michal GRINC Slovakia)
Plant molecules in everyday life
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Plant molecules are cool! Come and discover their effects and participate in hands-on experiments. Plants have been used from the pre-historical times, keeping us fed, healthy, sheltered, clothed, and happy. They are among Nature's most skilled chemists generating different effects on human health and well-being.

Researchers

  • Dunja Šamec (Croatia)
So you think you are free?
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

We make many hundreds of choices every day, from picking lunch to taking the car or train to work. Neuroscience has shown us that we can read people’s choices from their brain activity. But what does that mean? Are we not really free in making any choice we want? Does the brain determine our choices? Or are they not determined at all?

Researchers

  • David Wisniewski
Come and enlarge your vision!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Ready to face the challenge? Test your knowledge of world geography, accelerate your visual perception and help protect wild animals in natural parks…

Researchers

  • Oana CALIN (Romania)
  • Roberta NEAMTU (Romania)
Don't press the button!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Are you aware about E-textiles, wearable electronics or paper circuits? Get in touch with science and technology by making something fun and try out our electric challenges. Glam up your day and create your new idea!

Researchers

  • Maria Carolina LOPES MAGALHAES
  • Pedro Miguel MARQUES POMBO
How can we make electric vehicles more environmentally friendly?
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Let's investigate together whether electric vehicles and their strong magnetic materials are in fact environmentally friendly and how to develop new reuse and recycling routes.

Researchers

  • Gwendolyn Bailey (USA)
  • Martina Orefice (Italy)
Be part of the most famous CSI Team: Euro4Science 2.0
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Do you want to know how forensic scientists help to solve crimes? Join us now and you'll learn how science applies to a crime scene investigation! When the mystery is solved, you will be a proud member of the best CSI team that ever existed!

Researchers

  • Daniel RASENDE (Portugal)
  • Amilcar BAPTISTA (Portugal)
A problem cleaning your toilets? Call the electroactive bacteria!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Cola drinks transformed into clean water? Learn how to use electrically conductive carbon materials and bacteria in constructed wetlands for cleaning up waste water.

Researchers

  • Pau RODENAS (Spain)
  • Sara TEJEDOR (Spain)
Cool Molecules: How nature deals with extreme cold!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

What is the coldest place on earth? And how can animals survive there? In this workshop you will learn how different animals deal with the extreme cold and how and why we can benefit from their tricks.

Researchers

  • Konrad Meister(DE)
  • Eliane van Damme (NL) 
Visual illusion
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Deep brain electric stimulation could treat severe depressive disorder when pharmacology does not help. Several targets in the brain have been suggested and tested so far. Find the best targets for stimulation in the treatment of depression.

Researchers

  • Alena Damborska
Wave hunters: surfing space-time waves
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

For the first time in history a gravitational wave passing by the Earth has been detected. Playing with elastic fabric and metal spheres we will be able to understand and visualise 4D spacetime and open our mind to Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Researchers

  • Massimilano TREVISAN (Italy)
  • Hellios VOCCA (Italy)
The use of bacteria for a greener future
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

How can you power a car without petrol? Can this energy really come from old banana skins? How does biofuel contribute to combating Global Warming? Join us to find out how bacteria are helping to resolve these challenges and to support a cleaner, greener planet.

Researchers

  • Yana Wade
  • Matthew Wade
My dear friend, the brain
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

With this innovative and wearable electroencephalography (EEG) system, we will show how our brain works online and will try to respond to the following question: Does a positive attitude improve memory?

Volunteers will try out our portable EEG and help us show how personal emotions influence the information we memorise.

Researcher

  • Elena Solesio-Jofre (FWL)
Are you ready for deep brain stimulation?
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Deep brain electric stimulation could treat severe depressive disorder when pharmacology does not help. Several targets in the brain have been suggested and tested so far.

Find the best targets for stimulation in the treatment of depression.

Researcher

  • Alena Damborska
Face-to-face with wildlife
15/09/2017 - 11:45

What is it about?

Can you tell when a monkey is in a bad mood? Would you feed or take selfies with wild animals? Wildlife tourism is a growing industry-. Find out how to make the most of your experience.

Researchers

  • Laëtitia MARECHAL (France)
  • Kevin BUTLER (United Kingdom)
What you see is not what you get
15/09/2017 - 11:45

What is it about?

From the truth behind dry nappies to the secrets of a magic fish. Come discover the scientific meaning of everyday life situations. With these six workshops, kids and adults will get their neurons challenged. Join the Scientix team for hands-on experiments and discover tools, activities and practices that are directly connected to real life.

Researchers

  • Victor Pérez-Rubio
  • Anastasia Boiko
  • Noëlle Billon
Discover the role of women in STEM knowledge and inventions
15/09/2017 - 11:45

What is it about?

Let's focus on gender-stereotyped representations in STEM fields, demystify the image of scientists and discover the role of women in STEM knowledge and inventions throughout history.

Researchers

  • Charlotte Vaquero
  • Meie Van Laar
STE(A)M is everywhere!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

From invisible light to using your computer hands-free (with your eyes!), from heating your house to the sounds of stars!  We will show how STE(A)M changes and improves our lives every day, and helps us push our knowledge to rocket heights.

Researchers

  • Leen Goovaerts
  • Katrien Kolenberg
Language learning and health
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Activities linked to how to manage multilingual citizen communities and make better productive use of diversity as an economic resource and to strengthen social cohesion by fostering better communication and mutual understanding.

Researchers

  • Dina Mehmedbegovic
  • Thomas Bak
The climate changing challenge: fire bubbles and acid rain
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Wonderful news! Ecologists have discovered thousands of methane bubbles trapped beneath the Arctic's ice surface. By studying them, researchers could find a way to produce power for mankind. But be careful of the global warming factor! Come to the stand and handle fire bubbles, acid rain and wonderful experiments about global warming.

Researchers

  • Martina Vinco
  • Chiara Zampierin
Stay safe on the road!
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

Have you ever wondered how dangerous drink-driving really is? Try out our glasses will give you a glimpse into what it feels like to be under the influence of alcohol while performing different tasks, such as balancing and building a small tower.

Come and test your knowledge with our road safety quiz!

Researchers

  • Birgit Salamon
  • Sanna Raza
A treasure in your pocket
26/09/2017 - 09:00

What is it about?

A treasure in your pocket

Let's have a look inside a mobile phone and perform experiments to discover how useful its properties are: magnetism, electrical conduction, colour. What are the supply problems of these materials and which solutions exist?

Researchers

  • Alessandra Degli Esposti
  • Maria Concetta Canino
Touch science, feel science, do science!
26/09/2017 - 15:15

What is it about?

Hands-on interaction with amazing science demonstrated by the use of everyday materials.

Researcher

  • Rhys Griffith
Language diversity, the key to success!
26/09/2017 - 15:15

What is it about?

Discover more about multilingualism in education and the benefits for learners through the construction of your own language passport.

Researchers

  • Fauve Debacker
  • Piet Van Avermaet