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Approximately 3,000 members of the public made their way to the Weizmann Institute campus to attend "Researchers' Night" – a magical evening of scientific activities, demonstrations, guided tours and the chance to meet with scientists. During the evening, visitors saw proteins as they'd never seen them before in the Institute's Jean Goldwurm 3D Visualization Theater, learned how an electron microscope and a particle accelerator work, and more; also on offer were guided tours of the Clore Garden of Science and research labs.
In addition, the general public had the opportunity to meet with Weizmann Institute scientists and students in coffee shops in various towns both north and south of Rehovot, where they conversed about hot topics in science as well as science issues that concern day-to-day life: How do we make decisions? Why is radioactive radiation so damaging? What happens to the brain in stressful situations?
Researchers' Night events on the Weizmann campus were organized by Young@Science – part of the Davidson Institute of Science Education, which leads, coordinates and operates the educational activities of the Weizmann Institute.
An initiative of the European Commission, Researchers' Night has now taken place in Israel for three consecutive years. It is jointly organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Sport; MIGAL – Galilee Technology Center; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem; the Weizmann Institute's Clore Garden of Science; the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology; MadaTech – The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology and Space in Haifa; Tel Aviv University; Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; and Bar-Ilan University.