Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Georgia hosts first-ever European Researchers’ Night

Tbilisi, 27/11/2020 - 17:23, UNIQUE ID: 201127_86
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On 27 November 2020 for the first time Georgia joins, other 29 countries in celebrating European Researchers' Night – a Europe-wide public event that brings researchers closer to the public.

Since 2005, European Researchers' Night supports the popularisation 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.
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.
Research – just like education - is an investment in the future and needs to be put at the heart of any blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.  Georgia became an Associated Country to Horizon 2020 in April 2016, which opened up new prospects also to Georgian scientists and researchers. By assisting in investments into human capital we hope to contribute to further unlocking Georgia's economic potential.
Georgia should strive to make maximum use of the opportunities that Horizon 2020 and Europe offer; for the sake of economic growth and jobs, for the sake of getting its rightful place in the world economy; and for the sake of an even stronger EU-Georgia relationship in the future. stated Sigrid Brettel, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Georgia
On November 27, 2020 as one of the events of the “European Researchers’ Night” celebration in Georgia is the award ceremony of the following groups of Georgian Scientists’ grantees of various Horizon2020 grant competitions:
Certificate of Acknowledgment was awarded to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.
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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