The 2011 Silesian Researchers’ Night, to be held on 23 September, will be the sixth edition of the event organised by the University of Silesia, University of Economics in Katowice, Silesian University of Technology and Medical University of Silesia. This year’s edition will be additionally co-organised by the University of Bielsko-Biała. Various events will be held in the cities of Katowice, Gliwice, Rybnik, Sosnowiec and Bielsko-Biała.
The Silesian Researchers’ Night offers an original and unusual approach to science, a lot of humour, commentaries by well-known and popular scientists and academics as well as madcap experiments carried out by researchers. Participants will have an opportunity to attend lectures and shows and watch experiments from a wide range of disciplines: architecture, biology, chemistry, ecology, physics, photography, history, computer science, foreign languages, forensic science, culture, literature and arts, mathematics, medicine, natural sciences, travel, politics, traffic regulations, public relations, robotics, technology, management and everyday life. There will be a total of 106 events prepared by just under 250 researchers.
Go to www.nocnaukowcow.com.pl and build your own path of adventure in science by selecting events that best reflect your interests.
This year the University of Silesia has prepared a wide range of workshops in the following disciplines:
- Computer science: ‘What computer science owes to ants, bees and termites’;
- Chemistry: ‘Chemical elements’, ‘Twenty thousand angstroms of molecular navigation’;
- Mathematics: ‘Pi the beautiful’;
- Natural sciences: ‘The night of a digital frog’, ‘The world of nature through the lens of an electron microscope’, ‘A tour of the University of Silesia’s virtual museum of palaeontology’;
- Foreign Languages: ‘Learning interesting and exotic languages’, ‘Understanding and knowing each other like brothers. What a Pole should / should not expect from his Slavonic brothers’;
- Literature, art and travel: ‘Discover the secrets of Tuscany with Pinocchio’, ‘Around France with Asterix’, ‘Conquer Granada with Los Lunnis’
- Every day life: ‘The art of navigating through a maze of information’, ‘Integration, motivation, leadership! – building relations in a group’.
The Silesian Researchers’ Night is part of the European Researchers’ Night organised by the European Commission. The event aims to promote science and encourage people to broaden their knowledge. Celebrated annually since 2005 on the last Friday of September in all EU member states, the European Researchers’ Night brings together the public and researchers, who meet at lectures, shows, presentations, exhibitions and competitions. To see that science does not have to be boring each and every single person is encouraged become a scientist for this one night.