European Researchers’ Night is an annual event to celebrate science and research. On the last Friday of September, scientists in 27 countries across the continent participate in events that bring science to the general public. In Sweden the event is known as ForskarFredag and is coordinated by the non-profit organisation Vetenskap & Allmänhet. For the last two years ForskarFredag events in Stockholm have included a hands-on science fair at AlbaNova University Centre aimed at school children between the ages of 14 and 19. Here the pupils can meet scientists from a wide range of disciplines, try out fun experiments and learn more about both the science carried out in the Stockholm region and the life of a researcher. Vetenskap i Samhället was invited to bring our interactive brain fair to the event and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to join such an international event.
Vetenskap i Samhället volunteers braved the cold and rain to man 5 tents exploring different aspects of the brain.
Vetenskap i Samhället’s volunteers at the event came from all over the world reflecting the international face of science in Stockholm. The Hur skyddar man hjärnan? tent was manned by researchers from the Neuronics group at KTH, the majority of the remaining volunteers were staff or students from Karolinska Institutet complemented by a small number of exceedingly enthusiastic volunteers based outside of Stockholm.
We look forward to bringing the brain fair back to ForskarFredag in 2019!