The European Researchers’ Night will be held on September 28, 2018 in four Croatian cities (Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Pula), and on September 27, 2019 Pula will be replaced by Osijek. Furthermore, unrelated to the events during the European Researchers’ Night 2018, from the beginning of September this year till the next European Researchers’ Night in 2019, eight Croatian cities will be conducting interactive activities for young people. These cities are Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Pula, Zadar, Varaždin and Dubrovnik.
The organization of the European Researchers’ Night is the main activity of the project Techno-Past Techno-Future; European Researchers’ Night which is funded under the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2014 – 2020 – Horizon 2020, contract number 818748. Horizon 2020 is the EU programming document for the period 2014-2020, which sets out the main goals, priorities and indicators for the inclusive and sustainable growth of the European Union in the given period, with an emphasis on investing in science, technology, research and innovation which will provide economic growth in the long run.
The Techno-Past Techno-Future; European Researchers’ Night project is carried out by eighteen partners: the Ministry of Science and Education, the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, the Ruđer Bošković Institute, the Old Church Slavonic Institute, the Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation, the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences, the British Council, the University of Zagreb, the University of Split, the University of Zadar, the University of Dubrovnik, the University of Pula, the University of Rijeka, the University of Osijek, the State Intellectual Property Office, the Catholic University of Croatia, the University North and the Croatian Science Foundation. This is the first time that the Republic of Croatia is the host of the European Researchers’ Night in this project form: 18 partners, the Ministry of Science and Education as the coordinator and the organization of the main event in five cities. Furthermore, all Croatian universities, the largest Croatian research institute and Croatian research institutes which are unique in the world in their field of research are included in the project consortium.
The European Researchers’ Night is a long-standing initiative of the European Commission in the area of science, with an emphasis on the popularization of science, on raising public awareness of the importance of “science in and for society”, on the importance of scientific and research work and on the European and national scientific policies.
The European Researchers’ Night is traditionally held every year across Europe on the last Friday in September from 17 to 22 o’clock. On the cities’ public areas, Croatian researchers will have desks with interactive content, primarily intended for the younger population. Furthermore, the programme also includes main stage activities, prize games and more. Activities are mainly intended for the younger population, i.e. the primary and secondary school children and the general public, and their purpose is fun, learning through play and presentations, and raising awareness of the general public about the main messages of the Techno-Past Techno-Future; European Researchers’ Night project.