4th Young Researchers at Schools International Meeting
The 4th Young Researchers at Schools International Meeting is one of the most popular activities of Mednight, a project part of the European Year of Youth and is funded under the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie action MSCA & Citizens.. In this virtual meeting, young scientists will show their research work, interacting live and answering students’ questions, bringing science closer to hundreds of young people.
Throughout the meeting, which will be held online, the selected researchers will have 10′ to explain in a simple and attractive way their research to high school students and thus promote the vocations of young students and expanding their knowledge on the subject in question.
It will take place next September 26th 2023 from 10:00 to 12:00 Madrid time GMT+2.
The meeting will be publicized on international channels to promote STEM practices at school age and on resource platforms for teachers such as Scientix to achieve a high participation of schools during the celebration of the meeting.
There will be two modalities, one in Spanish and the other in English, so there will be at least 2 rooms operating in parallel. The organization may open more rooms depending on the number of researchers registered in each modality. In this case the registered schools will be able to alternate their connection from one room to another depending on their interest in the presentations programmed at any given time for each room.
The meeting will also include two 20′ keynote presentations by consolidated and pioneering researchers in their field, one for each modality.
CALL TO RESEARCHERS – Until July 31st
The call is aimed at young researchers, doctoral and postdoctoral, from Mediterranean countries in any of the thematic areas that make up Mediterranean Science or researchers who conduct their research in Mediterranean countries. It is important that they are motivated to disseminate Mediterranean science, stimulate scientific vocations and cultivate the scientific and critical spirit.
This meeting aims to become an international reference for scientific communication and is carried out within the Marie-Curie actions for citizenship, which from 2022 to 2025 places special emphasis on “Researchers at Schools”. It is important that young researchers, especially women, become aware of the importance of acquiring a background in science communication in the early years of their research career, while working to motivate young students. This is an investment in the future for both groups
The thematic areas of the meeting are: Sea and Pollution, Climate and Clean Energy, Diet and Food, Life and Health, Geology and Biodiversity, Anthropology and History and Future.
The scientific and organizing committee of the meeting is composed of managers and researchers from the institutions that make up the Mednight consortium, including the European Women Rectors Association.
In this activity the researchers will be able to: Show their work first hand to the student world, contributing to the dissemination of scientific knowledge and Exchanging content and ideas with other young women scientists. For this, speakers will get a certificate of participation in this dissemination activity of the Mednight Project, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie call, with Grant Agreement No 101061190.
Specialized training in scientific communication for the applicants
At the beginning of September the registered researchers will receive a specific training in scientific communication by expert communicators from Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus and an accreditation of their participation in it:
- Theo Anagnostopoulos (Science Communication expert, former researcher) – Greece
- Myrtani Pieri (Researcher – FameLab winner) – Cyprus
- Dario Pescador (Science Journalist) – Spain
- Tanya Rappazzo (Teacher in a High School, CERN Researcher) – Italy
Once the meeting is over, the proceedings will be published digitally on the Mednight project WEB. All researchers will be invited to join our international team of Mediterranean researchers.
In this IV meeting we want to extend the participation to researchers from the African and Asian Mediterranean who are doing research in any European country or in their countries of origin. In addition, although we will put special emphasis on women researchers, we open the participation to researchers of any gender for this 4th Edition.