What is MacaroNight?
MacaroNight is part of the “European Researchers Night” project financed by Marie Curie Sklodowska actions.
The Night takes place the last Friday of every September and it aims to disseminate European scientific culture and attract future generations to take up a scientific career.
The MacaroNight project is a milestone for the European Researchers Nights, being the first project to bring together the Macaronesian archipelago in one single night where we will share and show our common heritage, culture and past, thus paving the way for a future full of Macaronesian researchers.
In 2018, two countries, four islands and five organisers joined to launch an ambitious project that united our exceptional islands in a joint and simultaneous event.
For 2019, the University of Mindelo joins Macaronight’s activities thus completing all of the Macaronesian region.
What is the Macaronesia?
The word “Macaronesia” comes from the Greek μακάρων νησοι, “islands of the fortunate“.
The islands share many common traits, from our volcanic origins to numerous endemisms.
In Macaronight, we want to highlight the common traits of the archipelagos of the Macaronesia and show our cultural heritage, creating a scientific Macaronesian identity based on what brings us together.
European Researchers Night
This is a Europe-wide public event dedicated to popular science and fun learning. It takes place each year in September. In 2018, 371 cities, 1.474 207 attendees, 33.544 researchers out of which 827 MSCA fellows participated in the Night.
The events showcase what researchers really do for society in interactive and engaging ways, promoting research careers to young people and their parents. Fight cancer, stop global warming, prevent hunger and drought, invent devices for disabled people, and make human life easy in space! This could be the fascinating, life-changing daily work of the faces behind science who you can meet at the European Researchers’ Night. With family, friends, your school or on your own, become a scientist for the evening and participate in science activities – great entertainment is guaranteed!
The Consortium (or group of organizers) of Macaronight consists of two universities, two foundations, an institution and a private company.
La Palma Research Centre is responsible for coordinating partners and serves as a bridge between night and different islands.
In Azores, the Regional Fund for Science and Technology of Açores is the organizer of the local activities in the island of São Miguel.
The Foundation of the Scientific-Technological Park of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is responsible for the planning and execution of the night in Gran Canaria.
For Madeira, the Universidad da Madeira is responsible for the night in the capital of the island, Funchal.