Ambassador Day: Die Lange Nacht der Forschung. Vienna, Austria
April 22nd 2016. Vienna, Austria
On 22nd of April 2016, Daria Kotlarek and Nestor Quilis, acted as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Ambassadors by participation in “Die Lange Nacht der Forschung” (Long Night of Research), which is Austria’s largest event for science communication (419 stations in Vienna and 250 locations in Austria). The general motivation of “Die Lange Nacht der Forschung” is to establish dialog between science and society. The presentation of the cutting-edge technologies and inventions is meant to educate, inspire and provide room for discussions and exchanging ideas. The event is dedicated to a wide range of public including different age and educational background.
Specifically, they participated in The Falling Walls Lab Austria 2016, which was organized in frame of “Die Lange Nacht der Forschung” by European Forum Alpbach Technology Symposium and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. The event took place at Technical Museum of Vienna. Each of them presented their field of study in an understandable and entertaining way in front of a distinguished jury and audience derived from different disciplines. The Falling Walls Lab Austria constituted a remarkable chance to connect young researchers and learn about breakthrough ideas, but also to interact with younger generation of students.
To encourage children and teenagers to explore the world of science by their own, after the talks, they performed an experiment showing the working principle of home-made pH indicator as an example of a biosensor. During the demonstration, they pointed out possible applications of the hydrogels in biosensing by presentation of samples with hydrogel gratings for sensitive detection of biomarkers. In the end, both Daria and Nestor made a particular effort to explain the aim and role in the BIOGEL project as young investigators.