The objective of the Project is to raise the awareness of the larger public, especially young people, about science as well as to familiarize them with the scientist’s profession; to show the impact of sciences such as natural sciences, social sciences and humanities on everyday human life; to bring researchers closer to the Latvian society and to raise the interest of young people about research. Aim of the activities is to enhance public recognition of researchers’ profession and their role in Latvian society. A number of attractive, amazing and interactive events will be organized in Riga and in a number of towns covering the whole territory of Latvia.
In addition to the main objectives of the European Researchers’ Night which are:
- to bring closer the researchers and general public;
- to increase the awareness of society on research and innovation;
- to increase visibility and recognition of the researcher’s profession;
- to raise the understanding of general public on the impact of researchers’ work on things that are around us and novelties;
- to encourage young people to choose researcher’s/scientist’s career.
In Latvia there will be several specific objectives. 2018 is the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage”. It will be reflected in activities in 2018 and in the EU corners. At the same time 2018 is the 100th anniversary of foundation of Latvia. The European Researchers’ Night will reflect these aspects showing research in Latvia as part of the European research and part of the cultural heritage. There will be conceptual difference between years 2018 and 2019. In 2018 the outline will be more directed to present and past, than in year it will be more vision to the future.
The total cost of the Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences project is 8 112,50 Euros. The project will be implemented from May 2018. The project implementation time is 20 months.