The first edition of European Researchers’ Night (ERN), hosted by Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown (Lisbon), organised by the RAISE (Researchers in Action for Inclusion in Science and Education) consortium composed of the NGO Native Scientists, the Champalimaud Foundation and the Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), joined the 49 ERNs that took place in 25 European countries on the same date (September 30, 2022).

Around 1200 people visited the six different areas and, over the course of nine hours, explored a programme consisting of 60 free activities: from dance to workshops, from music to hands-on science stations, from lab visits to stand-up comedy and speed dating aboard a catamaran that linked this programme to that of the Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Centro Ciência Viva. There were also moments of conversation, round-tables, podcasts, football and much, much more.

The RAISE consortium partners developed activities and programmes in schools located in prioritised areas of educational action – the Ciência de Noz Maneira (Science Our Way), run by the Champalimaud Foundation, and Cientista Regressa à Escola (Scientist Goes Back to School), developed by Native Scientists – and it was possible to find some of the results of the co-creation between scientists, students and teachers in the ERN programme.

Thanks to the funding obtained by this consortium from the European Commission (under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions), almost three hundred students and teachers were able to travel free of charge to the Champalimaud Foundation and participate in this ERN.

In parallel to this work carried out with schools, the organisation of this event established collaborations with institutions, associations and groups of scientists, artists, athletes, communicators and educators who, like RAISE, seek to contribute to a more inclusive society.

We thank all our collaborators and institutions:
  • Escola Básica de Foros de Arrão
  • Escola Pintor Almada Negreiros
  • João Costa Espinho / Maria João Espinho
  • Johnny Santos
  • Matilde Oliveira
  • Sofia Dias & Vitor Roriz
  • Sounds Like Now
  • The Consciousness Field
  • Why Lab

Full programme of the 2022 edition here.

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