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On September 20-21, Norway immersed itself into the Forskningstorget, their nation wide science fair. One of the main streets in Oslo, Karl Johan, hosted a myriad of different activities and booths, including one for the Rosseland Center for Solar Physics (RoCS), the Norwegian partner for the EST project.

Scientists had a wonderful time answering the many questions about the Sun... in six languages (the team in Oslo is truly international: they speak Hindi, Marathi, Spanish, Italian, English and - of course- Norwegian). There was also a motor model of the Solar System and video projections of solar images. Actually many people thought those were animations... and were amazed when they discovered those were the real deal!

A big thanks to everybody who attended this year's Forskningstorget. We'll see each other again next year. In the meantime, for those in other European countries, the European Researchers' Night is happening at the end of the week. Check the planned EST activities here.

On Friday and Saturday 27-28 September 2019, the European Researchers' Night was celebrated across the continent. All over Europe, scientists and engineers took the streets and opened their laboratories to the European citizens .

The European Solar Telescope joined the effort as well, and events were organised in ten European cities: Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Catania and Rome (Italy), Dublin (Ireland), Granada and La Laguna (Spain), Ondřejov (Czech Republic). Poprad (Slovakia), and Stockholm (Sweden). Children and adults alike participated in solar observations, attended conferences and workhops and had the opportunity to meet EST scientists and engineers, learn about solar physics research, and discover the opportunities the EST will open.

 

 

This is a summary of the activities organised (a detailed description can be found here):

  • Czech Republic: The Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences prepared a guided visit to their observatory, including a exhibition of the historical instruments for Sun research that have been used at the facility at different points in time.

  • Greece: The National Observatory of Athens - EST Greek partner- had their own both at Athen's main event for the European Researchers' Night, where among other things, attendants could learn about solar storms forecasting or satellite monitoring for natural disasters.

  • Hungary: The Department of Astronomy at Eötvos Lorànd University organised observations of the Sun with optical and H-alpha telescopes. Dr. Bernadett Belucz gave an educational talk covering stellar constellations and their history, the Sun and planets, star formation, Hungarian research in astronomy, and the European Solar Telescope.

  • Ireland: PROBE at Trinity College Dublin offered workshops and talks about rockets, comets, and gravitational waves, and a guided tour of the Monck Observatory on the roof of the Fitzgerald Building. Scientists of the Solar and Space Weather Research Group and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - EST partners in Ireland- took part in the event.

  • Italy: Two cities (Catania and Rome) and three institutions organised EST related activities in Italy. In Catania, several institutions devoted to physics, astrophysics, nanotechnology, and material sciences joined forces in a pop up science show with exhibitions, conferences, and workshops covering all kind of topics from exoplanets to Moon exploration to the Sun and the European Solar Telescope. In Rome, researchers of the INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma -one of the EST partners in Italy- offered seminars and guided tours to the historical instruments, including a conference focused on the Sun and Sun-Earth relations, addressing also the role of the European Solar Telescope in solar physics research. Also in Rome, the event "Tor Vergata: Space University", had a very special guest: cosmonaut Lt. Col. Walter Villadei. 

  • Slovakia: In the city of Poprad, the city mall hosted no less than 14 workshops and conferences on the event of the European Resercahers' Night. One of those conferences was delivered by Dr. Peter Gömöry, director of the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Science who -in an educational fashion- addressed the traits of our star, the impact they have on Earth, and how scientists use their knowledge of the Sun to better understand other stars in the Universe.

  • Spain: In Granada, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía had its own stand at the official, outdoor venue for the European Researchers' Night, where the EST model was showcased. There was also a conference by Dr. Luis Bellot, astrophysicist and Communications Coordinator for the PRE-EST project,  about the most unknown aspects of the Sun, together with the techniques used to study them and the improvements and new developments the European Solar Telescope will bring along. In the Canary Islands, the Instituto de Atrofísica de Canarias also had their own stand in La Laguna and organised live YouTube broadcasts from a number of telescopes at the Teide and Roque de los Muchachos Observatories.

  • Sweden: The European Researchers’ Night and the Day and Night of Astronomy were organized together in the country. Thus, the Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University organized a full programme of activities including solar observations, and workshops on planetary models, robotics for astronomy purposes, and light pollution measurement. There was also an educational conference about the European Solar Telescope by Dr. Dan Kiselman.

 

 

The European Researchers' Night 2019 is taking place on Friday and Saturday, 27-28 September. From Spain to Czech Republic, many EST scientists and engineers will engage in public activities across the continent.

 

Czech Republic

Guided visits
September 27. 15:00 - 24:00
Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Ondřejov

The Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences has prepared a guided visit to their observatory, including a exhibition of the historical instruments for Sun research that have been used at the facility at different points in time. You would have the opportunity to learn more about the Sun, the different ways to study it, and the European Solar Telescope. There will be EST materials (banners, leaflets... and stickers!) and the first two episodes of The QuEST will be showcased.  For more info, check their web page.

 

Greece

Science for all. Science for YOU!
September 27. 17:00 - 0:00
Κέντρο Πολιτισμού Ελληνικός Κόσμος (Hellenic Cultural Center). Piraeus, 254. Athens

Under the slogan "Science for all. Science for YOU!", one of the biggest cultural centers in Athens will host the main event for the European Researchers' Night in the city. Several research institutes will organize activities and set up stalls in the exhibition area. The National Observatory of Athens - EST Greek partner- will have their own both, where among other things, attendants could learn about solar storms forecasting or satellite monitoring for natural disasters. EST scientists will also be there to solve all your questions about the European Solar Telescope. More information in their web.

 

Hungary

Guided visits
September 27. 13:00 - 21:00
Faculty of Science. Eötvos Loránd University. Budapest.

The Department of Astronomy at Eötvos Lorànd University is organizing a numbers of exciting open programmes for the European Researchers' Night. From noon onwards, visitors will have the opportunity to observe the Sun with optical and H-alpha telescopes (subject to suitable weather).  Detailed explanations will be provided by department staff, who will also answer any questions about astronomy that visitors may have. In addition a series of shows will be organized in the late afternoon in the Planetarium, and Dr. Bernadett Belucz will give an educational talk covering stellar constellations and their history, the Sun and planets, star formation, Hungarian research in astronomy, and the European Solar Telescope.

 

Ireland

Exhibition and guided visits
September 27. 17:00 - 22:00
Front Square / Fitzgerald Building. Trinity College Campus. Dublin.

PROBE at Trinity College Dublin is a free public pop-up festival showcasing the diverse range of academic research taking place in Dublin. It will cover a great range of reaserach topics, including astronomy and astrophysics: there will be workshops and talks about rockets, comets, and gravitational waves, and a guided tour of the Monck Observatory on the roof of the Fitzgerald Building. Scientists of the Solar and Space Weather Research Group and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies - EST partners in Ireland- will also take part in the event, answering all your doubts about solar physics and the European Solar Telescope. More information in their official web


Italy

Exhibition and talks
September 27. 17:00 - 24:00
Palazzo Minoriti. Via Etnea, 73. Catania.

This year, the European Researchers' Night in Italy will be SHARPER - SHAring Researchers’ Passions for Evidences and Resilience. In Catania, several institutions devoted to physics, astrophysics, nanotechnology, and material sciences will join forces in a pop up science show. There will be exhibitions, conferences, and workshops covering all kind of topics from exoplanets to Moon exploration to the mysteries of the nano-world. EST scientists will also be there, explaining everything about the Sun and the European Solar Telescope to those attending the event. More information in their Facebook event page.

 

Exhibitions, seminars, and observations
September 27th. 17:00 - 24:00
Parco dell' INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma. Monte Porzio Catone (Rome)

The Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) has arranged for several activities at each of its 17 institutes in Italy. Researchers of the INAF Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma - one of the EST partners in Italy- will offer seminars, guided tours to the historical instruments, and the opportunity to observe Jupiter and Saturn with telescopes. There will also be activities for children, exhibition stands - three of which will focus on solar physics - and several short talks and conferences. One of those conferences will focus on the Sun and Sun-Earth relations, addressing also the role of the European Solar Telescope for solar physics research.  The EST will also have a dedicated stand, which will summarize the main features of the project, and display both the promotional EST movies and episodes of the cartoon series "The QuEST". Visitors will also find there gadgets (stickers, leaflets, pencils) and educational material (postcards, puzzles, drawings, fact sheets) on the EST and on our star, the Sun. More information wil be posted at www.media.inaf.it

 

Exhibition and talks
September 30. 9:00-13:00
Lecture hall "Gismondi" in the Faculty of Sciences, Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, Rome

The event "Tor Vergata: Space University" will have a very special guest: cosmonaut Lt. Col. Walter Villadei. The event will also provide a complete view at the research undertaken by the Physics Department and the Tor Vergata section of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Researchers involved in the EST project will have talks on space research and on the role of the active Sun in the physical conditions of the circumterrestrial space. A stand dedicated to EST will be present in the atrium of the university's Lecture hall. More information and a detailed schedule can be found here.

 

Slovakia

Revealing the Secrets of the Sun
September 27. 10:30
Max Shopping Center. Poprad.

Many scientist and institutions use the European Researchers' Night to bring science out of the walls of the laboratories and research centres. In the Slovak city of Poprad, activities for the day are organized at the city mall: from 9.30 to 20.30 no less than 14 workshops and conferences will take place at the mall cinema theatres. One of the conferences will be delivered by Dr. Peter Gömöry, director of the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Science. In an educational fashion, Gömory will address the traits of our star, the impact they have on Earth, and how scientists are using their knowledge of the Sun to better understand other stars in the Universe. It will also address the role of the European Solar Telescope for solar research. For more information, check their web.

 

Spain

The Sun with a Thousand Faces
September 27. 20:55
Paseo del Salón. Plaza del Humilladero, 10. Granada.

The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, one of the EST partners in Spain, will have its own stand at the official, outdoor venue for the European Researchers' Night in Granada.  Scientists, engineers, and outreach officers from the institute will be at the booth. There will also be some outreach talks, including one by Dr. Luis Bellot, astrophysicist and Communications Coordinator for the PRE-EST project.  A perfect opportunity to discover the most mysterious and unknown aspects of the Sun, together with the techniques used to study them and the improvements and new developments the European Solar Telescope will bring along. A model of the EST will also be in display. More information in the official website.


Exhibition and talks
September 27. 10:00 - 23:00
Plaza del Adelantado, La Laguna / Online

The Instituto de Atrofísica de Canarias, EST leading partner, will organise live broadcasts via its YouTube channel from a number of telescopes at the Teide and Roque de los Muchachos Observatories. Astronomers from diverse disciplines (solar physics, high energy astrophysics, galaxies, cosmology..) will show and explain their work with the telescopes. One of the EST researchers, Tobías Felipe, will answer doubts on solar physics from 18.00 to 18.35. Also, the Institute will have their own stand in La Laguna science fair, with activities such as interview with an astronomer, a look into the history of women in astronomy and astrophyics, and theatrical pieces. There wlil also be info and researchers from several projects, including EST. For more information, see their web.

 

Sweden

The Future of Solar Research: the European Solar Telescope
September 28. 11:00 - 16:00
Roslagstullsbacken 33, AlbaNova University Center. Stockholm. 

In Sweden, the European Researchers’ Night and the Day and Night of Astronomy are organized together. Thus, the Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University has organized a full programme of activities including solar observations, and workshops on planetary models, robotics for astronomy purposes (you can even program a Mars rover!), and light pollution measurement. There will also be a handful of educational conferences, including one about the European Solar Telescope by Dr. Dan Kiselman. In fact, Kiselman, an astrophysicist, will do two “performances”: at 13.30 and 15.30, so there is no excuse for anyone to miss it. More information can be found in their web.

 

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