In the last twelve years, the researchers in the Roman area have organised the European Researchers’ Night (ERN), a project funded by the European Commission aiming to bring researchers closer to the general public and stimulating the interest in science careers among young people. Since the first edition in 2006, when the National Laboratory of INFN’s in Frascati hosted 4000 visitors, the project has always grown up by reaching 50,000 attendees and involving more than 50 scientific partners in 2017. In the last edition, the Frascati Scienza association, which was set up to coordinate the event, has operated in over 30 Italian cities from south to north of the peninsula. In addition, the MADE IN SCIENCE project – European Research Week 2016/2017 – has been one of the largest projects funded by the European Commission in the framework of the European Researchers’ Night and it is often referred as a positive model for events’ organisation and communication to the general public.
The twelve years of data collection and results obtained, as well as some of the most important experiences in public communication of science will be shown in this paper.
Keywords: science, researchers, research, education, outreach, Europe
In pubblicazione nel proceeding della 12th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference, INTED2018, Valencia (Spain) on the 5th, 6th and 7th of March, 2018. https://iated.org/inted/publications