Thousands of people have taken part in the 6th edition of the European Researchers’ Night in the province of Tarragona

A hundred activities have been organised by about 300 researchers from the URV and the four research institutes of the region. On Thursday the last activity, the micro-talks, will take place at the Xavier Amorós Library in Reus

The 6th edition of the European Researchers’ Night has exceeded all expectations. It has organised more activities in more locations than ever before and with a greater participation of public and researchers, who once again have devoted themselves body and soul to the activity. This Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, more than 4,000 people participated in the scientific workshops that were held in the Plaça Corsini (Tarragona).

For the first time, the main event of the Night has lasted for two days and, also for the first time, the workshops have been held in Tortosa. In total, there were around 60 workshops in various scientific disciplines for family audiences. These were experimental proposals taught in plain language to children who were given a scientific passport for taking part. This year more than a thousand have been issued.

The atmosphere in Plaça Corsini this weekend.
The Iberian workshop “Welcome home” provided an insight into the world of the Iberians through virtual reality.

To reach all kinds of audiences, activities were organised before and after the main event. Throughout the week, secondary schools in the area were visited by researchers from the URV and research institutes who gave around 30 talks and workshops.

A talk on the consequences of rising sea temperatures on the climate and human health, and a wine tasting workshop will take place at the Central Market in Tarragona. The Market, which is collaborating with this initiative, is also organising a prize draw throughout the week. The winners will visit the Astronomical Park of the Prades Mountains to attend an astronomy show and enjoy a tasting menu.

A moment of the inauguration, with the representatives of all the participating institutions.

This initiative, which is coordinated and organised by the Science Communication and Dissemination Unit of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) in the Tarragona area, involves nearly 300 researchers from the URV and CERCA research centres in the region: the Catalan Institute of Classical Archaeology (ICAC), Catalan Institute of Chemical Research (ICIQ), Pere Virgili Institute of Health Research (IISPV) and Institute of Human Palaeoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES). It has been funded by the European Union.

“Will we eat insects?” Workshop to see how insects can be used to make new foods.
The brain enables us to understand the world around us and organises our inner world. However, it is not given enough attention. The participants discovered this in the workshop.

Tarragona City Council, through Europe Direct Tarragona, is the main sponsor of the activity in Plaça Corsini, together with the Tarragona Provincial Council and the Port of Tarragona. The Tarragona Central Market and the company Borges have also helped organise the event. 

Informative talks in Reus

The last event of the European Researchers’ Night in the Tarragona Province will take place this Thursday at the Xavier Amorós Library in Reus. It is a series of informative talks entitled “Research for Change”, micro-talks on science-related topics given by researchers from the University and research institutes in the Tarragona area. The event is coordinated by the Pere Virgili Health Research Institute in collaboration with the Universitat Rovira i Virgili.

300 cities and 30 countries

The European Researchers’ Night is a public event for the dissemination of science that takes place every year simultaneously in 300 cities in 30 countries across the continent. Since 2018, the URV has been organising the event in the Tarragona area, which has been growing and consolidating over the last six years. The aim of the European Researchers’ Night is to bring research and its protagonists closer to audiences of all ages and to raise awareness of research and innovation by describing it in plain, understandable language.

This event has been made possible thanks to the co-funding of the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme and the collaboration of the consortium of other Catalan universities and public institutions coordinated by the University of Girona.


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