The European Researchers’ Night, funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), returns this year on September 24th to bring science closer to society. As in previous editions, the CAFE team will participate in several talks that can be followed on the event’s YouTube channel for the Barcelona activities. This event is held every year in more than 300 cities across 30 European countries at the same time. In the previous edition, more than 200 activities were carried out in Catalonia, including talks, workshops, experiments, and games.
The European Researchers’ Night emphasizes how science plays a vital role in advancing society by showing the researchers’ work in a collaborative and participating environment. After last year’s edition was limited to online activities due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this year the Researchers’ Night organized in Barcelona will include both online and live talks.
Pedro Herrera Lormendez, from the Technische Universitaet Bergakademie in Freiberg, will deliver a talk on weather patterns over Europe, where he will look at how large-scale atmospheric circulation, as in the satellite maps across Europe we see in the news, interacts with other key local characteristics (such as terrain, altitude, and humidity) and how they affect weather patrons.
Riccardo Silini, from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, will give a talk exploring the forecast of weather phenomena using artificial intelligence. Many mechanisms governing weather and climate remain unknown although we have been taking data and statistics for centuries. Today we use AI techniques to discover these connections and predict phenomena.
Finally, Mónica Minjares, form the Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, will explain the Madden-Julian oscillation. This phenomenon significantly reins over monsoons, tropical cyclones, the “el Niño,” or the winter rainy season in North America. In Mónica’s short talk, we will see what we have learned and what we need to know about this important phenomenon.
We will complete the CAFE presence in the Researcher’s Night with Hervé Douville, senior researcher at Center National de Recherches Météorologiques de Météo-France working on modeling and analysis of the global climate and lead author of the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations agency that provides policymakers with a scientific assessment of climate change. Hervé will share his experience and will highlight key relevant findings to both mitigation and adaptation policies.
At CAFE we are very excited to participate, once again, in the European Researchers’ Night and to bring the research carried out by our team a bit closer to the public.
For more information about the program and how to participate, you can visit the Nit Europea de la Recerca website.