The European Researchers’ Night is an open event that makes research and the work of scientists and researchers familiar and available to all types of audiences. Every year, hundreds of events take place simultaneously in Europe and neighboring countries.
This year, the events took place on Friday, 28 September, in over 340 cities across Europe and in neighboring countries. All the events connected to researcher’s night boost public awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people.
Researchers interacted with visitors and showed how their research has an impact on people’s daily lives. CRIMEDIM had a stand in Alessandria, one of the campus of the Università del Piemonte Orinetale (UPO). UPO organized several activities for the public, like:
- hands-on experiments conducted by researchers
- science shows with public participation
- competitions (science quizzes, games, puzzles, photo and art contests, etc.)
- workshops for children
- guided visits of labs, research institutes, and other relevant places that are usually closed to the public
CRIMEDIM Team took part at the Researcher’s Night, explaining the Centre’s main projects and entertaining a young audience with the Riskland game, an educational board game that deals with disaster prevention. The game conveys messages that help children understand how some actions can reduce the impact of disasters, while others can increase our vulnerability. The main message CRIMEDIM wanted to convey this year is about learning to live with the risks that hazards pose to communities. Indeed awareness and preparedness of the key ways to protect people and property from the disastrous impacts of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and volcanoes. Learning can take place through formal education such as in schools and universities, or informal groups and networks such as board games in community meetings and advocacy activities.