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2500 visitors at the European Researchers’ Night

Over 100 researchers demonstrated science and research at more than 50 work stations

2500 visitors at the European Researchers’ Night
2500 visitors at the European Researchers’ Night
Copyright: FH St. Pölten/ Raphales Raggam

Last Friday, the European Researchers’ Night provided again exciting and entertaining insights into current research projects at the Aula der Wissenschaften in Vienna. Together with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the St. Pölten UAS created a program dealing with the topic “F.I.T. for Future – Research Innovation Technology” at the sole site in Austria. 2500 people came and informed themselves at experiments, presentations and games for young and old. Topics included among others living, communication, industry and traffic of the future. The event was also the venue for the final of the European Science Slams.

Last Friday, the European Researchers‘ Night provided an insight into technology and everyday life of the future - from a virtual parachute jump and a drone operated by hand movements to a virtual tour through the city via 3D-panoramas and new ways of communication for elderly people.  

More than 100 researchers

“As comparatively young university of applied sciences it is a great success for us to have already been invited to the European Researchers‘ Night for the fourth time based on a decision made by a jury. Motivation and enthusiasm of over 100 researchers of numerous cooperation partners are as much a reward for us as the large number of visitors”, says Hannes Raffaseder, general manager of research and knowledge transfer at St. Pölten UAS.

“This year the European Researchers Night celebrates its 10th anniversary and we are extraordinarily pleased about the from year to year continuously growing interest in this great event. My special thank goes to the team of the St. Pölten UAS for the great collaboration and successful realization”, says Barbara Weitgruber, head of “Section V, Scientific Research and International Affaires” at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

“An improved dialogue between science and society are a huge concern to us and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy will also support citizen-science-projects next to the successful programmes like the children’s university and sparkling science, where citizens can participate in cutting-edge research.“, continues Weitgruber.

Challenging Digitalisation

The focus as regards content of the inaugural addresses constituted the keynote on “Challenges of Digitalisation” by Ernst Piller, head of the Institute of IT Security Research at St. Pölten UAS. “Miniaturisation, worldwide networking, mobile communication and a strong price decline of IT enable a ‘total’ digitalisation of the world today. Software has become a basis of our society. However, bad quality of software and insufficient IT security turn digitalisation into one of the greatest dangers for corporations and threaten our society. We can reduce those risks considerably: Here, the St. Pölten UAS makes valuable contributions via its two study programmes IT Security and Information Security and via the Institute of IT Security Research including the Josef Ressel Centre for Unified Threat Intelligence on Targeted Attacks (TARGET),” so Piller.

European Final of Science Slam

The contribution to the European Researchers‘ Night 2015 at the Aula der Wissenschaften was also venue for the European final of the Science Slams. Eight young researchers from eight different countries presented their work in the fully filled festival room. The audience selected Simon McGowan of the German Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites as winner for his presentation “Pimp my Bioplast” on the topic bioprocess engineering.

“Science is wonderful” was the motto two days before the European Researchers‘ Night, when the European Commission invited to the ten-year anniversary of its event series including the Science Slam to Brussels. Physiotherapist and UAS lecturer Anita Kiselka of the study programme Physiotherapy took part for the St. Pölten UAS with her presentation “Does everyone perceive weight similarly?“ at the Science Slam, convinced the European jury and was placed second.

At the European Researchers‘ Night in Vienna visitors could experiment at stands and talk to scientists until midnight. “We are very pleased about the huge range of presented research works, which included basic research as well as practice-oriented projects and young start-ups  and offered a varied programme with playful didactic concepts for the whole family“, so Raffaseder.

European Researchers‘ Night 2015 – F.I.T. for Future