INL takes new technologies to the European Researchers’ Night 2021

September 28, 2021


Last Friday, September 24, marked the return of the European Researchers’ Night — the annual celebration of innovative research taking place simultaneously in more than 30 countries and 300 cities throughout Europe.

The diverse programme included ‘live from the lab’ videos about food, water and energy, workshops about light and energy. We’ve also learned about the physics at the microscale, played a game that explained life cycle assessment of nanomaterials, we’ve shown about the importance of energy efficiency and how it can help the environment and our economy, knew a bit more about microstructures & coatings biofoulings, watched an incredible dance act by Arte Total and so many more experiments and experiences.

These were just a few of the possible applications that International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), and ECUM – University of Minho many other partners introduced to more than 1150 visitors 2021 European Researchers’ Night, at Altice Fórum Braga.

The audience defied all researchers with relevant questions and expressed genuine wonder as they saw “magic” happening before their eyes.

This year, ‘Science for Climate’ was the motto that framed an event committed to raising awareness about the role of science in achieving the goals of the European Green Deal. It aims to identify major societal concerns about climate change, understand how to achieve sustainable growth, and explore the present and future solutions to tackle these challenges.

This European project consortium includes as partners the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon, the Nova School of Sciences and Technology of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, the Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, the Municipality of Lisbon, the Estoril School of Hospitality and Tourism, the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, the School of Sciences of the University of Minho, the University of Évora, and the University of Coimbra.