MEETmeTONIGHT part of European Researchers’ Night

28-29 September, in Milan and Naples, sees the return of the event that brings research closer to the public


28-29 September sees the return of "MEETmeTONIGHT – Face to face with research", the event that raises awareness of science, and which in 2018 and 2019 is becoming a European event. It is now officially part of the Notte Europea dei Ricercatori circuit (European Researchers’ Night), an annual initiative promoted by the European Commission, which aims to facilitate meetings and dialogue between researchers and the public and promote the culture of research. The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities has awarded the project the trade mark of the European Year of Cultural Heritage “Our heritage: where the past meets the future”. 

Alongside the Politecnico di Milano, the project’s other partners are the Università di Milano-Bicocca, the Università Statale di Milano, the City of Milan and the Università Federico II di Napoli.

As with previous editions of “MEETmeTONIGHT”, the event will be completely free of charge and open to the public, with preferential treatment for schools, for whom specific activities have been organised. Milan and Naples, as well as other cities in Lombardy (Brescia, Castellanza, Cremona, Edolo, Lecco, Lodi, Mantova, Monza, Pavia and Sondrio) and Campania (Portici and Procida) will be the stage for this large-scale event which raises awareness of science and is strongly rooted in the local area.

At the Giardini Indro Montanelli in Milano, there will be various stands with experiments, live scientific demonstrations and interactive workshops led by the researchers themselves where visitors can get involved first hand, becoming key players, touching, experimenting and playing. The programme also offers informative talks, meetings with researchers and role-playing games, free guided tours to the city’s civic museums and “EU Corner” which promotes the European dimension of research, often conducted in universities as part of large-scale international partnerships. There will also be entertainment events such as theatre performances and concerts. Also for the event, there will be free admission to the Museo di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum), the Acquario Civico (City Aquarium) and the Civico Planetario Ulrico Hoepli (City Planetarium).

All the initiatives are centred around five broad themes: “Science and Technology”, “Culture and Society”, “Environment”, “Health” and “Cultural Heritage”, within which there are a further five subjects (“Space age”, “Our food”, “Sustainable water”, “Personalised medicine” and “The genius of Leonardo”).