The long night of research
Date: 13th of April 2018
Location: Graz, Austria
Audience: General public
Marco Cristofaro (AVL/CaFE project) participated actively in the event the “Lange Nacht der Forschung” (Long night of research) which took place in Austria on the 13th of April 2018. The “Long night of research” is a nationwide science communication event that makes research institutions accessible to the general public for one night. Current research projects, new findings and technologies are presented in an exciting, understandable and entertaining way.
This year’s event was a very successful one: 200.000 visitors in 265 locations all over Austria interacted with the researchers to gain information on scientific topics that affect the daily life and influence the future.
Marco was in Graz and spent most of his time at FH Joanneum, the AVL headquarters and TU Graz. He discussed with the visitors and other researchers aiming to underline a) the importance of research in understanding reality and how this understanding can improve the quality of our life, b) the value of worldwide borderless collaborations in the research community and c) the contribution of the Marie-Curie Actions funding opportunities to the research conducted in Europe but also worldwide.
Fascinated with fluid dynamics!
Date: 12th of June 2017
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Audience: approx. 25 high-school students
In mid-June 2017 the laboratory for hydraulic machines (LMH) of EPFL hosted about 25 students from the ‘Gymnase du Bugnon’, a high-school in Lausanne, Switzerland.
During their visit Ali Amini (EPFL/CaFE project) had the opportunity to give them basic knowledge of fluid mechanics. He focused on the cavitation phenomenon and explained why it is important to study it.
He also demonstrated the high-speed cavitation tunnel of EPFL. During the demonstration the students observed how a one-phase flow turns into a cavitating flow when the static pressure of the tunnel falls beyond a critical value. The fascinated faces of the students were Ali’s valuable reward for the implementation of this activity.