25. september 2009
- Main event
- Avion Shopping Park, Bratislava
- 47 scientific stands
- Accompanying events
- University open days in Košice
- Botanical Garden in Bratislava
- The Observatory of Astronomical Institute SAS in Tatranská Lomnica
Futuristic electromobile, robotic football match, elephant paste and chemical yo-yo – on Friday, 25th of September in Avion Shopping Park, Bratislava we explored the world of science together with the people who create it. Researchers’ Night 2009 introduced the humane face of science and researchers.
In Slovakia, the main event took place in Avion Shopping Park in Bratislava. From 9am to 9pm visitors had the opportunity to meet top Slovak scientists, see and hear what their work is about and get involved in experiments from different scientific disciplines, ranging from social sciences to technical and life sciences. This year an even more diverse programme had been prepared. The event was enjoyed by all age groups – young children, who could play with science in the children’s corner, as well as adults, who were welcome by top scientists working in fields such as robotics, IT, life sciences and many more. The central part of the event was the science show starting 5pm, which included quizzes, music performances by researchers-musicians, games, and interviews.
Besides the event in Avion Shopping Centre, Researchers’ Night 2009 in Slovakia took place in Bratislava Botanical Garden, which remained open to visitors until midnight, and in the Astronomical Observatory in Tatranská Lomnica where visitors had the opportunity to watch the sky deep into the night.
Part of the project were two competitions - drawing and poster competitions - which were thematically related to science and the project itself. During the science show, the winning posters and drawings were announced and winners of the competitions were awarded prizes.
In contrast to thematically similar events, such as open door days, which invite people to the premises of science departments and often only have a minor effect, the idea of the Researchers’ Night is the opposite – to bring science, scientists and experiments to public spaces where they can be joined and witnessed by large numbers of visitors.