Science is Wonder-ful!

Science is Wonder-ful!

“Science is Wonder-ful!” is a European Researchers’ Night event that arouses interest in science and awakens curiosity in research. It is open to everybody and offers edutainment activities challenging the communication skills of the participating researchers and the thinking skills of the audience. 

Mr Alvaro Vidal Roncero (CITY / IPPAD project) collaborated with Mr Max Brunhart (Delphi / CaFE project). They presented the cavitation phenomenon, which is the cornerstone of their research projects. At their stand – named “Boiling without Heating”- they introduced the cavitation phenomenon to their audience by using a syringe full of water: they showed the formation of bubbles by pulling the lever of the syringe, blocked the exit and then they released the lever to show the bubble collapse. Their audience also enjoyed a series of videos: a shrimp that hunts via cavitation, a glass bottle breaking in slow motion due to the collapse of bubbles and a submarine with a trail made of collapsing bubbles. 

Hundreds of visitors – mainly school students – visited the “Boiling without Heating” stand. The high number of visitors increased the level of challenge for the two ESRs; they had to adjust quickly to the age of each audience, managing to trigger vivid, age-appropriate discussions. 

Science Hotel

Date: 28th of September 2018 
Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands 

Mr Themistoklis Melissaris (Wärtsilä/CaFE project) took part in the European Researcher’s Night in Rotterdam. The event was called “Science Hotel “and was organized by the Erasmus University Rotterdam for the 21st lustrum of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the European Night of the Researcher. 

As a Marie Curie Fellow, he presented his research area at the European Corner of the “Science Hotel”. His poster “Cavitating Flows and Surface Erosion – Applications and Numerical Prediction” was displayed at the “Marie Curie Gallery”. He also gave a short speech to explain the cavitation phenomenon and answered the questions of the audience and the Dutch science journalist Eveline van Rijswijk. The audience found out what is cavitation and cavitation erosion, how harmful it can be for mechanical components and how beneficiary for the biomedical sector. 

Overall, the event was very successful not only for the young audience but also for the participating researchers, because they had the chance to get familiar with other research topics and Marie-Curie projects.