Science takes centre stage in Brussels

Ever wondered how can our immune system attacks Alzheimer? Or how can something boil without heating it? Perhaps you wonder at how we build microchips with magnets.

If so, an upcoming event in Brussels will probably be just up your street.

The European Commission and the European Parliament have organized  a special event this month which gives young scientists the chance to demonstrate their projects and at the same time battle for a top European science title.

The  “Science is Wonder-ful!” comprises two major events in Brussels,including “The European Night of Researchers” on 25-26 September. This includes 30 booths and 50 researchers and takes place at the city’s Parlamentarium, next to the European parliament. 

The second event is called “Falling Walls Lab Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions” and is on 25 September at the city’s Natural Science Museum.

This is a science contest where researchers will have to pitch their project in three minutes to a distinguished jury representing science and business organisations, and to the public. All scientific disciplines are eligible and contestants will be selected following an open call.

The winner of the contest will be invited to the finale in Berlin in November where 100 promising researchers from around the world will compete to present their projects. The three winners of the finale in Germany are awarded the title of "Young Innovator of the year", receive a cash prize and get the opportunity to give their talk on the grand stage of the “Falling Walls Conference” in November in front of 600 guests.

From volcanos to holograms, and from visual illusions to electric vehicles, the 'Science is wonder-ful!' event brings research to the public through hands-on experiments and many other activities including live demonstrations, face-to-face chats with researchers and a debate.

More than 4,600 people took part in the 'Science is Wonder-ful!' event in Brussels in 2017.

A spokesman for the organizer said, “Science is Wonder-ful!’ is the perfect opportunity to popularise science towards children and to tease their curiosity. Kids from 6 years old on can discover hands-on experiments and meet with scientists who will describe how the life of a research is.”

She said, “It is a unique opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them and find out what they do for the society, in interactive and engaging ways. At each stand, researchers share their project and passion through presentations, activities and games.

“Former and ongoing MSCA fellows are welcome to present a hands-on experiment linked to their research project in a very appealing, interactive and understandable way for the public.”

The Commission will also organise bus shuttles to facilitate the participation of Belgian schools to the event at any time on 25 and 26 September.

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