The European Researchers' Nights is a Europe-wide public initiative that organizes different events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. All the events took place simultaneously on Friday 30 September, in over 250 cities across Europe and neighbouring countries. These events are a unique opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and find out what they really do for society, in an interactive and engaging ways.
Upon an invitation from Ciência Viva and FCT/Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, MPP researchers took the stage at two different locations. On one hand Jorge Lopes, MIT Portugal Transportation Alumnus, along with the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral; the Secretary of State for Science, technology and Higher Education, Fernanda Rollo; and the President of FCT, Paulo Ferrão, discussed subjects related to Innovation, Economy and Open Science in a conversation led by José Vitor Malheiros at São Pedro de Alcântara.
On the other hand, at Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Centro Ciência Viva, 168 researchers were committed to share some of their new developments with the Public.
Webmap was exhibited by Samuel Niza and Alexandre Amado and consists of an online map that shows the evolution of the soil occupation in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) in 1900 and 1940. With this Webmap it is possible to spatially display the types of crops and different features related to the use of water within the AML and compare it to the existent morphology of the territory.
Dário Silva and Carlos Diogo Henriques represented EnergyOT, a small and powerful device that connects to the internet and analyses the energy consumption of electrical appliances. The device is safe and easy to install with no technician needed and has a high resolution (up to 15 seconds). This tool allows the user to choose the right energy plan for him and consequently save energy and money.
João Serra, Raquel Figueiredo and Rodrigo Silva engaged the visitors with a LED lightning system for developing countries by showing how you can illuminate a house without electricity in underdeveloped countries using a 1,5L bottle of water. During the day it provides natural lighting while the photovoltaic system saves energy in a battery storage. At night, a set of LEDs provide illumination through the bottle. This system has reduced manufacturing costs and is easy to install and maintain.
Henrique Pombeiro represented the project Energy Efficiency at your home, a user engagement platform focused on energy efficiency that provides historical energy consumptions, benchmarks and disaggregated consumption information, resulting in simple and quantifiable tailor-made measures fitted to the consumption profile of each client and that can help them make more efficient choices.
Overall, more than 3000 visited the venue from 7pm until midnight for a fun night of science and culture. The events are supported by the European Commission as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which is an EU programme to boost European research careers.