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Stunning research event for discoverers

More than 2.000 visitors at European Researchers‘ Night

Stunning research event for discoverers
F.I.T. for Future – European Researchers‘ Night
Copyright: St. Pölten UAS / Manuel Pammer

Annually, a whole night long European research institutions present their research work to the public at the European Researchers‘Night. This year it was the 26 September when research institutions opened their doors in about 300 European cities.

Together with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as well as with other cooperation partners the St. Pölten UAS created a program surrounding the topic “F.I.T. for Future – Forschung Innovation Technologie” for the sole location in Austria at the Aula der Wissenschaften in Vienna. About 2.200 people visited the event.

Shows and experiments

Shows, experiments, workshops, installations and lectures gave young and old an understanding of the world of science at the Aula der Wissenschaften in Vienna last Friday.  More than 100 researches participated actively.

Visitors were provided with a seven-hour-long program and about 50 stations where researchers presented their research projects. Art installations, a play about scientific topics as well as a Science Slam were part of the event. According to the motto “F.I.T. for Future” the event offered an insight into life in the future and showcased projects researching the therefore necessary know-how.

Cooperation and dialogue

“With the St. Pölten UAS as project executing institution, the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as important co-host, the province of Lower Austria with the ‘Market Place Science’ and numerous research partner institutions the event is a good example of positive cooperation of various institutions”, says Hannes Raffaseder, head of the IC\M/T – Institute for Creative\Media/Technologies at St. Pölten UAS and coordinator of the contribution by the St. Pölten UAS at the European Researchers‘ Night 2014.

The European Researchers‘Night underlines the central role of research for society, development and innovation. A potpourri of games, workshops, experiments, presentations, interactive installations, shows and performances for young and old guaranteed an entertaining conveyance of scientific topics. 

The European Researcher’s Night is an important contribution giving the public an understanding of science and research. The event is supposed to fascinate young people and draw their attention to science. The Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy fosters this matter through successful projects like ‘Kinderuni’ in Vienna or Sparkling Science.

“Special thanks for the excellent cooperation and the successful realisation goes to the team of the St. Pölten UAS“, explains Barbara Weitgruber, head of the section Scientific Research and International Matters at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.

The St. Pölten UAS was selected by a committee as the sole Austrian research institution to create a contribution to the European Researchers‘Night 2014. The event was initiated in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) as well as with the province Lower Austria and is supported by the European Union in the framework of Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 633355).