The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência promotes several actions that aim to increase not only knowledge, but to promote critical thinking and increase the confidence and informed participation of citizens, based on the values of science. These initiatives range from activities that allow citizens to get closer to science, to initiatives that promote deeper engagement in science issues. These actions aim to contribute to the construction of a more informed and participative society.
The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência has regular presence at the NOS Alive music festival, within the scope of the partnership established in 2007 with Everything is New, promoter of the festival. Every year, science and music come together during the festival days, resulting in a relaxed interaction between scientists and festival-goers through speed-dating with scientists, practical activities and science games.
The IGC Open Day is an iconic event of the institute. For one day, the IGC opens its doors to the public, offering visitors the opportunity to visit the institute and the laboratories, participate in activities and games promoted by researchers, talk to scientists and discuss the science that is done at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. This event takes place every two years.
IGC Open Day returned to its face-to-face format in 2022, after a virtual edition during the pandemic. In this iconic event, the institute opened its doors once again inviting the public to visit the laboratories and participate in activities promoted by the scientists.
The 2020 edition of the IGC Open Day took place on November 21st in a completely digital format. The pandemic provided a new version of this emblematic day: a virtual tour with riddles to solve.
The 1st edition of the International Science Festival FIC.A took place at the Marquês de Pombal Palace Gardens in Oeiras, from October 12th to 17th, bringing together more than 100 entities, thousands of students and teachers and hundreds of activities related to science and technology.
The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência promoted a vast program of activities and offered the public the opportunity to interact with the institute’s scientists during the 6 days of the event. IGC took part in the second edition of FIC.A in October 2022.
European Researchers’ Night is a European initiative that aims to bring citizens closer to researchers and the science they do. In Portugal, several cities join this initiative, with science events open to the public. Researchers from the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência participate annually in this event, with activities that allow citizens to explore the science topics in which they work.
During Science and Technology Week, which takes place in November, scientific institutions, universities, schools and museums provide the public with opportunities for scientific observation and personal contact with experts from different areas of knowledge. The Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência participates in this initiative with science activities for different audiences.
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