The European Researchers’ Night is a huge event that takes place each year simultaneously in hundreds of cities in Europe and neighbouring countries in September.
This initiative has been supported by the European Commission since 2005 and involves thousands of researchers and research institutes every year.
The purpose of the Researchers' Night is to give citizens and local communities the opportunity to meet with researchers, learn about their passion for science, the motivation that inspires them, the methods they use, and the results they achieve.
Trento is one of the cities hosting the Researchers’ Night to celebrate research and its protagonists, a moment of sharing and openness between research institutes and citizens. This celebration establishes a sort of connection between researchers in Trento and their colleagues in more than 300 European cities. In 2017, the “European Researchers' Night 2017” took place on 29 September at the MUSE – the Museum of Science and Natural History, in via Corso del Lavoro e della Scienza 3, in Le Albere neighbourhood in Trento, from 17.00 in the afternoon until late at night.
The programme included: demonstrations, research lectures, and meetings with researchers. This year's special guest was Wolfgang Ketterle, a Nobel prize laureate in physics, who entertained the audience with interesting experiments and told about his work on cold atoms with temperatures close to absolute zero.
The event was organized by the University of Trento, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Fondazione Edmund Mach and MUSE Science museum, with the Autonomous Province of Trento and the patronage of the Municipality of Trento.