“Telling each other stories” is this year’s theme and the goal of the 14th European Researchers' Night. 340 European cities, including 12 French, participated in this original event held on September 28.
Launched by the European Commission and supported by the ministries in charge of higher education and culture, the European Researchers' Night aims at making researchers and the general audience meet and talk. In 2018, the festive and friendly evening put storytelling under the spotlights.
Storytelling as a way to share knowledge
Sharing knowledge is much like telling a story. Telling science and research, telling stories about science, unveiling stories of researchers are all ways to touch the general public.
Through stories, tales and entertainment (games, staging, scenarios, riddles), researchers tried to involve their audience, spark their curiosity and maybe involve them in their work!
Twelve host cities
The European Researchers' Night was held in many different shapes in twelve cities (Albi, Angers, Besançon, Bordeaux, Brest, Dijon, Le Mans, Limoges, Marseille, Paris, Saint-Denis de la Réunion, Toulouse). Depending on the choice of the holder, the event was held in diverse premises: universities, laboratories, museums, public places and more.
Note that this year's theme specifically targeted researchers in humanities (languages and literature, History, arts and archaeology, heritage) to participate in the event.