Marie Curie receives 2.000 visits at the Researchers’ Night in Girona

The famous Catalan scientific populariser, Dani Jiménez, hosted the Researchers’ Night event, focused on the International Year of Chemistry and on the important researcher Marie Curie.

The Cathedra of Scientific Culture and Digital Communication of the University of Girona organized the fifth edition of the Researchers’ Night, an event to popularize science, which is co-funded by the European Commission under the FP7 PEOPLE Programme.

Nearly 2.000 people approached the Culture House in Girona to get to know researcher Marie Curie closely, and her important life devoted to science. This French scientific, born in Poland, discovered radioactivity as well as two of the elements on the periodic table: polonium and radium. She was awarded two Nobel Prizes.

The opening was held by the Girona city mayor, Carles Puigdemont; the House of Culture director, Natàlia Molero; the UdG Research and Technological Transfer vice-rector; Josep Calbó; and the Cathedra director, Silvia Simon. They all took part of some fun experiments performed by Dani Jimenez.

Visitors enjoyed the evening participating in scientific experiences on the different spaces decorated with pictures and information about Marie Curie. The wide range of workshops included making clouds and lightning, cooking green eggs thanks to chemistry, understanding how stalactites are formed, painting, drawing and reading scientific tales, amongst other activities.

At sunset, the scientific populariser Dani Jimenez surprised the attendees with Quim i Ka, a scientific show full of light.
Simultaneously, about 340 cities around Europe held this great science festival with the aim of putting in contact citizens and researchers, as well as promoting scientific careers among students.

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