Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Georgia hosts first-ever European Researchers’ Night

27/11/2020 - 13:41

On 27 November 2020 for the first time Georgia joins 29 other countries in celebrating European Researchers' Night – a Europe-wide event that brings researchers and science closer to the public.

Since 2005, European Researchers' Night supports the popularization of science and innovations via large-scale events. Financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovations programme, in 2019, European Researchers' Night attracted 1.6 million visitors across more than 400 cities in Europe and beyond.
The event showcases the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives, stimulating interest in research careers - particularly among young people.  This year, children, young people and families will meet researchers and discover research, science and innovation through hands-on experiments, science shows, games, quizzes, competitions, exhibitions, and digital activities. Learn more!Hk48jN
This is the first time that Georgia has joined the “European Researchers’ Night” celebrations.  Participation is organized in the framework of the EU funded “Science is the Captain” project, implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia. The project supports the development of science and research by making the public better aware of the positive impact the science has on their daily lives as citizens, to encourage young students to choose a science/research career and to strengthen the image of a scientist in our society.
As part of its European Researchers’ Night activities, Georgia will award Georgian scientists who have received Horizon2020 funding. The video version of the ceremony will be available in upcoming days.
Additional Information 
Marie Skłodowska Curie "European Researchers' Night" competition of The European Scholarship and Innovation Framework Program "Horizon 2020” is announced every two years, and only the EU member states and countries associated with the "Horizon 2020" program have the right to participate in it.
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly 80 billion Euro of funding available over 7 years – in addition to all the private investments that this money helps to attract.
It was designed to facilitate, stimulate and enable great ideas and innovations getting from the lab out to the market. The goal is to support world-class science, removing barriers to innovation and making it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
Horizon 2020 has the full political backing of Europe’s leaders and the European Parliament and is seen as a key tool in our toolbox to drive economic growth and creating jobs.
Initially, the CAPTAIN project envisaged the series of indoor and outdoor events in 6 different cities (Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Telavi, Batumi, Akhaltsikhe and Zugdidi) across Georgia like EU corners, awareness-raising events (story writing on science topics/scientific discoveries behind which there are researchers funded by EU). Due to the COVID-19 vast majority of in-person activities have been converted into the online/virtual events.
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