European Researchers’ Night

Science serves as a powerful tool for inclusion, overcoming boundaries and embracing diversity. It provides a common ground where people of different backgrounds, cultures can meet. In the scientific community, inclusion is not just a goal, but a fundamental principle, where diverse perspectives act as catalysts for innovation.

The European Night of Scientists is a pan-European initiative that showcases the diversity of science and its impact on citizens’ daily lives in a fun and inspiring way. Activities within the Night of Scientists are open to refugees – children and adults.

The School of the Future National Competitions and the School of the Future National Drawing Competition are also open to refugee children.


National Contest “School of the Future”

The national competition on the theme “School of the Future” aims to promote the application of innovations in education, the search for best practices and ideas (STEM, STEAM-training, etc.) for school modernization in the XXI century.

The idea of the competition is to become a place for the exchange of knowledge, skills and new ideas in the form of: multimedia products, essays, electronic posters, collages, models to present the students’ vision of the school of the future.

Participants are expected to demonstrate skills in public presentation and defense of ideas and projects; for shaping one’s own position and description of personal examples, for aesthetic and technical shaping of the prepared product according to the thematic direction of the competition. The use of AI tools is exceptionally permitted to improve the author’s idea and the final creative project. Submission of automatically generated material is not tolerated and participation will be disqualified.

After a preliminary selection by a jury, the admitted finalist projects will be presented and awarded during the “European Night of Scientists” on 29.09.2023, in the Auditorium of the Rector’s Office of SU “St. Cl. Ohridski”.

Deadline for submission of projects: September 26, 2023.

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National artwork competition on the theme “School of the Future”

As part of the traditional “European Night of Scientists” event, a contest for children’s drawings on the theme “School of the Future” is organized.

The competition is open to students between the ages of 7 and 18. Each young artist can participate with up to 2 drawings. Winners will be chosen based on their idea and talent by the audience through electronic voting and by a jury. The use of artificial intelligence tools is exceptionally permitted as part of the author’s creative project (eg collages and others). Direct submission of automatically generated images is not tolerated and participation will be disqualified.

All accepted drawings will be published in an online gallery on the project’s Facebook page. The paintings that have collected the most votes will participate in an exhibition and will be awarded during the “European Night of Scientists”, which will be held on September 29, 2023, at SU “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Rectorate.

Deadline for submission of drawings: September 25, 2023.

More information: European Researchers’ Night