CLAIM raises public awareness of plastic pollution at the European Researchers’ Night

CLAIM raises public awareness of plastic pollution at the European Researchers’ Night

For the thirteenth time in a row the European Researchers’ Night takes place in over 300 cities across Europe and in neighboring countries to promote science in an engaging way. The objective is to raise awareness of the positive role of research in society, especially among young people. Global warming, space exploration and many other crucial topics were presented to a broad audience, inviting visitors to the world of science.

With innovative methods like hands-on experiments, workshops and interactive presentations by researchers, CLAIM addressed the marine pollution issue and showcased technologies for cleaning microplastics. The project took part of the European Researchers’ Night in Tunisia and Greece, where CLAIM experts answered questions like ‘How long does it take for plastics to decompose’ and ‘How do accumulated plastics in the marine debris affect human well-being?’

First European Researchers’ Night in Tunisia

Photo credit: INSTM

This year for the first time, a European Researchers’ Night was organised in Tunisia with hundreds of visitors getting an insight into research topics affecting society. CLAIM took part of the event with the goal to show what research really does for society and presented ways to clean our seas and oceans to people of all ages.

The Researchers’ Night took place in The Cité de la Culture, Tunis on 28 September 2018, simultaneously with events in around 30 other countries.

Celebration of Science and Research in Greece

Photo credit: Dionisis Patiris, HCMR

Due to unfortunate weather conditions, the Researchers’ Night in Greece was postponed to the 5 October 2018. The delay did not stop hundreds of visitors to attend the event and dive into the scientific world for one day. With the help of slideshows, posters, brochures and postcards, CLAIM showcased life-changing research in an interactive way, allowing people to meet the faces behind science.

The event took place in the National Centre of Scientific Research “Demokritos” in Athens.

All European Researchers’ Nights are supported by the European Commission as a part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme.

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