More than 3,000 visitors attended the fourth annual “Researchers’ Night” in Israel – organized by the Davidson Institute of Science Education. The event, which was initiated by the European Commission, is hosted simultaneously all over Europe. Dr. Zvi Palitel of the Davidson Institute arranged the evening on behalf of the Weizmann Institute, with the help of organizers Dr. Oshrit Navon and Hadas Cahalon.
Visitors enjoyed a night of activities, scientific demonstrations and guided tours of the Clore Garden of Science, as well as of research laboratories and exhibition rooms throughout the Institute campus. On offer were the exhibit “Foucault’s Pendulum,” which proves that the Earth does indeed spin; the Institute’s Jean Goldwurm 3D Visualization Theater, where visitors got to see proteins in 3D; the chance to see genetically engineered zebra fish and plants as well as how an electron microscope and a particle accelerator work, and more.
The Wix Auditorium hosted an exhibit of the new comic series “Nano Comics,” produced by the Weizmann Institute’s Publications and Media Relations Department, which presents “science with a smile.” Creators of the series Meir Goldberg, Yivsam Azgad and Yaniv Shimony mingled with the hundreds of visitors at the exhibition.
The popular “egg-drop” competition once again took place from the top of the particle accelerator, and, as every year, attracted a large number of both participants and onlookers.
The Davidson Institute also expanded “Researchers’ Night” activities beyond the Weizmann Institute campus: In various towns close to the Institute, from Tel Aviv and Holon north of Rehovot, to Ashdod in the south. Weizmann Institute scientists and students met with the public in coffee shops. Together they discussed such hot topics in science as: What actually happens inside the LHC particle accelerator near Geneva? Will a biological computer one day be able to wander around our bodies and cure diseases? And how does our brain “see” and “imagine”?