Get Ready for Cork Discovers, A European Researchers’ Night Initiative

18 Jul 2018
Prof. Anita R. Maguire, Vice President for Research and Innovation, Cllr. Paudie Dineen, Deputy Lord Mayor, Cork City Council, Arlene Vithaldas, CEO, UCC Academy and UCC and Cork City Council Mr Denis Barrett.

Cork is getting set to host its first European Researchers’ Night under the banner Cork Discovers – a world of research. On the night there will be a series of free events, at venues within the University College Cork campus and across the city, designed to illustrate how research impacts on our daily lives.

An international team of researchers will host a programme of interactive and entertaining events to demonstrate what they really do for society as well as answering some interesting and amusing questions. Do you want to know how to build your own Star Wars set? ‘Have you ever wondered if scientists really can “un-extinct” an animal?’ Or why elephants have long noses, or why bananas don’t grow on humans? Come along to Cork Discovers and find out! There is sure to be something of interest to participants of all ages.

European Researchers’ Night is a Europe-wide event, dedicated to raising public awareness of the positive role of research in society. It takes place every year on the last Friday in September. This year 27 countries and over 300 cities will be involved, making it a truly international celebration of the positive impact of research on the modern world. In Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and Science Gallery Dublin will host another European Researchers Night event under the banner PROBE, so wherever you are in the country make sure to get involved.

The Cork Discovers Night has been funded through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call under the Horizon 2020 programme following a successful application submitted by project partners from UCC Academy, Teagasc, Cork City Council and coordinated by University College Cork.

Questions and active participation will be encouraged. The goal is to develop inquisitive minds so unleash your curiosity and put our researchers to the test. Great entertainment is guaranteed!

Cork Discovers takes place on Friday 28th September 2018 and in advance, there will be a series of school visits and other outreach events. Further details will be announced throughout the summer.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No818789.

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