European Researchers’ Night (and day) edition 2023

Every year, during the last Friday of September, milions of people have a fix appointment with science!

Children, youngsters and adults get in direct contact with science in a more funny and informal way. Is the day (and night) when science goes out of the classroom and meets all of us in public and private spaces such as universitary campuses, public squares, school gardens, theatres, science labs and so many other spaces spread all over Europe.

Is the day when science gets closer to all of us thanks to a great team of researchers from different labs and universities. Through experiments, workshops, demonstrations, experiences, routes, theatrical performances, monologues they make science more attractive and easier to understand.


Why an European event about science?

The European initiative  “European Researchers’ Night” it’s been taking place simultaneously in around 400 European cities since 2005. In Spain, the European Researchers’ Night is a project of scientific dissemination promoted by the European Commission within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the Horizon Europe program.

It aims to bring research and researchers closer to the public, promote excellent research projects across Europe and beyond, increase the interest of young people in science and research careers, and showcase the impact of researchers’ work on people’s daily lives.

We all imagine researchers inside of their lab, but this is a great opportunity for them as well to show the benefits that their work brings to society and its impact on daily life.

RETORNA meets in Alicante

With this occasion some members of the RETORNA project met in Alicante to celebrate together this day!

Thanks to the invitation of our two PIs from Alicante, Nicolás Cuenca and Natalia Martínez Gil, the project manager and the 2 DCs from Universidad Católica de Valencia (UCV) travelled to Alicante to celebrate European Researchers’ Night together.

Maria Eduarda and Daria, PhD students at UCV could meet Ceren and Enola, the new arrived DCs from Alicante and share their impressions on these first days in Spain.

Cuenca lab team organized various activities for all ages that aimed to raise awareness among the public about different retina diseases and patients’ difficulties.  It was life learning for all of us to meet patients suffering from retinisis pigmentosa from the Asociation Retina Comunidad Valenciana.  Public of all ages could put itself in their situation through very practical activities and remember in this way why we are doing research in our RETORNA project.

See more in the below pictures. You can find more pictures of the event at this link.


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Nicolás explaining to DC4 and DC8 the importance of Santiago Ramón y Cajal's research UCV and UA team together Activity: put yourself in someone's skin