European Research Night’s 2019

Тhe European Researchers’ Night is a mega event which takes place every year on the last Friday of September simultaneously in about 300 cities all over Europe with the aim of bringing science, research and technology closer to the public. Participants have the chance to discover what researchers really do and why it matters for their daily life. They can even learn what researchers do besides their science!

Under the motto “Who is Who in European Science” several research centers (incl. Institute of Photonic Sciences – ICFO, Centre for Genomic Regulation – CRG, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia – ICIQ, Institute of Marine Sciences – ICM-CSIC) and the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA) invite to the FabCafe for an informative and entertaining evening.

Activities at FabCafe:

18h-19h: Podium Discussion and exhibition “Bridging STEM to STEAM: Why art can be more than a communication tool in science and technology”

Art and science- they seem like polar opposites, one driven by data and the head, the other by emotion and the heart. One often associated with technical introverts, the other with expressive eccentrics. Although processes may initially look very different, both fields follow a similar route: Artists and scientists tend to approach problems with a similar open-mindedness and inquisitiveness — both imagine, interrogates, challenge current standards without fearing the unknown. However, in many cases arts and design are treated as a communication tool for scientific results.

In this panel discussion, the two artists Carolin Vogler (fashion designer) and Reiko Yamada (composer/ sound artists), who are currently collaborating with two research centres in Barcelona, will discuss with two scientists, their experiences in interdisciplinary projects and how art can contribute more to science by collaborations from the offset in the navigation of the scientific unknown, resulting in unexpected outcomes.


19:30h – 21h: Research Project Exhibition

PhD students of the following seven European Training Networks will showcase their projects and explain how their research impacts people’s daily life.

CHROMDESIGN –  Chromatin architecture and Design, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
MIXITIN – Bringing the paradigm for marine pelagic production into the 21st century: incorporating mixotrophy into mainstream marine research, Institue of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC)
NOAH – Network of Functional Molecular Containers with Controlled Switchable Abilities, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
OPATHY – From Omics to Patient: Improving Diagnostics of Pathogenic Yeasts, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
SINGEK – Promoting SINgle cell GEnomics to explore the ecology and evolution of hidden microeukaryotes, Institue of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC)
VIROFLOW – Enabling Technologies and Drug Discovery: Continuous Flow Processes to Discover Novel Antiviral Inhibitors, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
ELCOREL – Electrochemical Conversion of Renewable Electricity into Fuels and Chemicals, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)


20-21h: Speed Dating with Scientists

Visitors of the Researchers Night will also be able to meet scientists through facilitated face-to-face ‘speed dating’ discussions. Within 2 minutes, participants can ask whatever they want to know about specific areas of research and practice, but also about personal and societal aspects of being a researcher.


21:15 – 22:30h BCN Science Slam:

A science slam is a competition, during which young scientists present their own research in max. 10 minutes in a comprehensible, vivid and engaging way. The goal is to win the audience’s mind and hearts as only the audience is the jury and decides, who will win.

Criteria for a good science slam are therefore not only the scientific content but also comprehensibility and humor. The BCN Science Slam was established in March 2017 by the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), which has since then run two editions per year together with different collaborators like the Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology (BIST) and the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA).