The European Researchers' Nights are events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. They are a unique opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and find out what they really do for society, in interactive and engaging ways. The European Researchers' Night takes place every year all over Europe the last Friday of September. This year, the events took place on Friday 30 September in over 250 cities across Europe and attracted more than 1,5m visitors.
An event was organised in the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas in Heraklion (Crete). Students showed experiments to children and families, ranging from hydrophobic surfaces to laser display. We (Lucille and Mohandas) represented the DiStruc network. To overcome the difference of language, a greek student helped us, and very often parents were able to translate the explanations to their children.
We reproduced Teijin Aramid’s fibre spinning experiment/game and it had a lot of success! Some children came several times to test different colour of fibres. Everyone was intrigued about the coagulation process, and the possible applications of fibres. - Lucille