The University of Debrecen (DE) will welcome visitors with more than two hundred programmes during the European Researchers’ Night, as announced by the organizers during a press conference earlier this week.
Zsuzsanna Mándy, the chief organizer, mentioned that all the faculties of the university will introduce themselves through programmes starting at ten o’clock on Friday and lasting until noon the next day. These events will take place in Debrecen, Hajdúböszörmény, Nyíregyháza, and Szolnok, covering all the campuses of the university.
In addition to popular and spectacular chemistry experiments and anatomical tours, for the first time in the history of the programme, a rescue helicopter will also be among the attractions, landing in front of the university’s central building. There, organizers will demonstrate the rescue process and emergency care to interested visitors. Work with therapy dogs will also be showcased in Hajdúszoboszló and Debrecen.
Deputy Rector for Scientific Affairs at DE László Csernoch emphasized that the Night of Science programmes play an important role year by year in ‘deepening knowledge about and making science more widely accepted.’ He expressed hope that the programmes will take science out into the streets and capture the imagination of future researchers.
Deputy Dean for Scientific Affairs of the Faculty of Economics at DE Krisztina Dajnoki stated that their programmes are primarily attended by secondary school students, making the European Researchers’ Night a potential recruitment event for them. Organizers will set up twenty point-gathering stations, and students who obtain certification from at least three stations will earn three admission points for their university applications. She added that visitors who collect seven stamps during the night will receive a research certificate, and will be photographed in university gowns with their ‘degrees’.
Artificial intelligence will also be featured in this year’s programmes, including the presentation of a gaze-tracking eye camera and software for analyzing and evaluating the movements of players on a football field, as mentioned during the briefing.
At the Debrecen Institute of Nuclear Research, scientists will conduct experiments with liquid nitrogen under the theme ‘Cold, Colder, Coldest.’ Organizers will review the most commonly used temperature scales, familiarize visitors with the properties of liquid nitrogen, and demonstrate how gases and solid substances behave at extreme temperatures. Scientists will also conduct experiments with leaves, paper tissues, balloons, eggs, apples, and more, which will definitely make the night not only informative, but fun as well.
Sources: Hungarian Conservative/MTI