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European Researchers’ Night

The European Researchers’ Night is a Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) action, under the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020; it consists of a pan-European event taking place on the last Friday night of September.

European Researchers’ Night (NIGHT) aims to bring researchers closer to the general public and to increase awareness of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers, creating an understanding of the impact of researchers’ work on citizen’s daily life, and encouraging young people to embark on research careers.

This year, the events will take place on Friday 24, September 2021. The European Researchers’ Night events in Izmir will take place at Yaşar University, Ege University, Izmir Institute of Technology and Izmir Katip Çelebi University on September 24th as both online and face-to-face events.

All activities during the event is free and open to everyone!



GREEN NIGHT is a European Researchers’ Night project funded by the European Commission under HORIZON 2020 in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska Curie actions. GREEN NIGHT project is coordinated by Yaşar University; and Ege University, Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir Katip Çelebi University and Izmir Provincial Directorate of National Education are partners in the project.

Taking its name from the European Green Deal, GREEN NIGHT stands on the main pillars and policy areas of the strategy with a general outlook on how science can support the aims and targets set out for Europe’s near future. The current global climate emergency urges an immediate and large-scale response from the countries. For the first time, climate change and environmental issues are seen to have migrated to the center of global policymaking.

As a result, GREEN NIGHT highlights the importance of raising awareness of the general public, especially young people, on the necessity of the green transformation for the future of our planet. GREEN NIGHT acknowledges that it is essential to protect and restore natural ecosystems for sustainability. Doing so, GREEN NIGHT will focus on main action areas of energy, food, waste, and transportation, and demonstrate the leading role that sciences have in how to achieve this transformation.

GREEN NIGHT project brings together four of the ten higher education institutions in Izmir, Turkey as well as the provincial directorate of national education. The consortium represents the scientific research ecosystem and educational management in Izmir. The HEIs cooperate in local, national and international research projects, joint social responsibility campaign and activities all of which create strong institutional linkages between HEI partners. IZMEM, being the highest local public body responsible for the coordination of educational activities in pre-primary, primary and secondary level in Izmir, brings the public educational expertise into the project.

The night activities will be carried out in four campuses around the city, each with its general theme selected from the main topics. Scientists and researchers from a wide range of disciplines will be able to create workshops, seminars, demonstrations, hands-on experiments, games, competitions, shows, or simulations.