Research opportunities in Europe

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Date: 11/01/2017
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Audience: 105 fourteen-year old students

105 teenagers, all students of the 9th grade, participated in the outreach activity of Mr Saad Jahangir (ESR5). The activity was implemented at the “The Crescent School” in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mr Jahangir aimed to focus on the importance of science but also on the career prospects of young researchers. He had prepared 2 age-appropriate presentations; one was related to physics and the other one to the career opportunities offered to young researchers by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union. The brief age-appropriate presentations, the short science movies, the questionnaires Mr Jahangir had developed for his students but also the interactive way in which he implemented his activity contributed to the successful outcome.

According to the 4 teachers that were present but also to the principal of the school, Mrs. Sobia Lodhi, “Saad managed to involve the students into his activity. This way they gained knowledge, got inspired but also enjoyed the event”.

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Date: 21/12/2016
Location: Athens, Greece
Audience: 22 seventeen-year old students with prior knowledge in physics.

ESR 6, Mr Efstathios Kontolatis visited his former school in Athens, Greece (1st Lyzeum Papagou in Athens) to encourage and motivate students to pursue careers in science and research and to introduce them to his research field.

What kind of skills does a scientist need to pursue an international career related to research? Who was Marie Curie? What options offer the Marie Curie ITN programmes? What means mobility in terms of a researcher’s career?

Mr Kontolatis presented info on the above based on his own life example. He also explained what is cavitation and presented his research topic (cavitation in diesel injector nozzles) without complex scientific terminology. The discussion following the presentation focused on the research needs in the area of fluid mechanics and a simple questionnaire was completed by the students. It had been developed to measure the students’ motivation towards research related careers.

Mr Kontolatis received positive feedback from the students and their teacher, Mr Seriatos. Overall, the activity was considered as very successful, as shown also by the completed questionnaires: All students gained new knowledge on fluid dynamics, half of them would like to receive more info on programmes that are funded by the EU and one third of the students would like to learn more about cavitation.

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Night at the museum

natural_history_museum02Date: 30/9/2016
Location: London, UK

On 30th September 2016, Dr Celia Soteriou (Delphi) along with the CaFE project research fellows Max Brunhart (Delphi), Evangelos Stavropoulos (CITY), Nikolaos Kyriazis (CITY), MG Mithun (CITY), and Efstathios Kontolatis (CITY) participated in the event Science Uncovered Night at the Natural History Museum of London.

The whole Event was a great success including our CaFE project stand, which was part of the section dedicated to European Researchers – projects funded by the EU and was located in the heart of the museum. Our stand was really busy most of the time and we were surprised and encouraged at the appetite of the visitors to hear about the work being done. Many people had never heard of cavitation and erosion before and generally found this scientific topic and its applications engaging. It was a nice change of pace for the researchers to get out of their research bubbles and explain their work to the general public and researchers from other fields.

Finally, all the researchers participated in the “Talkaoke” table at different times during the evening. Anyone could sit down at the round “Talkaoke table and join the conversation. It was certainly an interesting and novel experience and the course of the discussions was obviously quite unpredictable.

The outreach event overall was a great success: the research fellows developed their communication skills and the public seemed to appreciate the opportunity to get involved and participate in the whole process gaining useful knowledge. And everybody enjoyed it!

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