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Weizmann Institute of Science Researchers Night

Researchers Night in the EU and all over Israel

From Ireland to Israel, the public is invited to visit labs and attend events. The subject is science

Weizmann Institute of Science Researchers Night

Ever wanted to know how to fix a broken heart? What a scratch, pneumonia and soil pollution have in common? Why insects could be the food of the future? Researchers Night is an evening dedicated to science for everyone – to answering every and all questions about science.

Researchers Night has been taking place annually at the Weizmann Institute of Science since 2006, as part of the European Union Researchers Night event that takes place in hundreds of sites all over Europe. In Israel, it occurs within a nation-wide framework of activities at academic research institutes and science museums, supported by the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. Researchers Night at the Weizmann Institute of Science is organized by the Davidson Institute of Science Education, the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

This year’s Researchers Night theme is Humanity@2050, and it will take place just one night before the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. By opening its doors to the public, the Weizmann Institute of Science is hoping to help answer one big question: Just what do all of its scientists do in their labs? The public is invited to partake of lectures and hands-on sessions, exhibits and demonstrations, tours of labs and a visit to the Clore Garden of Science.

 Just what do all of its scientists do in their labs?

At the Weizmann Institute of Science, Nobel Laureate Prof. Ada Yonath will explain why some of the most amazing discoveries in medicine have been snatched from the brink of “bankruptcy;” Prof. Tzachi Pilpel will talk about evolution as you’ve never heard it before; Dr. Ulyana Simanovich will speak about worms and mice and what they teach us; Prof. Dan Yakir will ask whether planting forests is the best way to alleviate global warming; Prof. Varda Rotter will give us a peek into the cancer genome; Prof. Eli Arama will talk about cells that commit suicide; and many other scientists will be present to talk about their latest forays into the forefront of global science.

The activities will commence at 17:00, Sept. 19, 2017, and continue until late in the evening in the auditoria, halls and open spaces of the campus. These are suitable for children, youth and adults. All the events and activities are free of charge, but some may require registration on the site: .

This article was first published in the Weizmann Wonder Wander under the title New Years for Researchers.


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