MEDNIGHT internationalises its team and is funded by the European Commission

On March 8th started the 5th edition of "Mediterranean Researchers' Night" or MEDNIGHT, a project funded by the European Union that aims to show the friendlier side of science that is carried out in Mediterranean countries to young people and adults. MEDNIGHT, which first started in 2020 as a project made up of 13 institutions from Spain, has for this edition the same number of partners but spread across the Mediterranean: Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Cyprus and Tunisia, as well as Belgium, making a total of 8 countries.

SciCo in collaboration with the University of the Aegean will implement various activities, such as exhibitions, workshops, lectures, discussions, and scientific challenges related to research and intended for different audiences to emphasize the value of science in the Mediterranean.

The aim of the project is to transmit to the whole population the concept of Mediterranean Science, a journey through knowledge exchange networks, common scientific practices and building on the citizens expertise, highlighting the figure of women researchers. In 2024 MEDNIGHT partners will develop activities with schools as well as common outreach activities, culminating on 27 September with major events in Messina, Lesvos, Xanthi, Nicosia, Istanbul, Brussels, Monastir, Montpellier, Toulouse, Madrid, Almeria, Orihuela and Alicante.

The European Commission, which will grant MEDNIGHT a total of €675,000 for the 2024 and 2025 editions thanks to the Marie Curie Actions of the Horizon Europe programme, has assessed the proposal submitted with a total of 14 points out of 15, highlighting "the cultural dimension and multiculturality of the project", "the proposed methodology" and "its impressive geographical reach", in addition to the work team itself which according to the evaluators "has the necessary experience to carry out the project with high standards of quality".

The MEDNIGHT team consists of Genopolys, mixed outreach centre of the French CNRS, INSERM and the University of Montpellier, the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse (CHUT), the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), the ATHENA Information Technology Research Centre and SciCo in Greece, as well as SciCo Cyprus, the Monastir Science Palace in Tunisia, the European Women Rectors Association, the Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT), the Museo Didáctico Interactivo de Ciencias de la Vega Baja - Jesús Carnicer (MUDIC) and El Caleidoscopio in Spain, all of them coordinated by the University of Messina in Italy.





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People of contact for Mednight are the following:

Georgia Loukaidou – - +30 698 938 4890 

Ricardo Dominguez - - +34 656 181 057 - Mednight Communications Manager