Through research, we discover new knowledge and identify solutions to complex problems. Spark the curiosity of your inner scientist at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University on Researchers’ Night 2012. Held annually on a single night in 300 cities across Europe, this mega-event comes to the Arboretum and Boston for the very first time on Friday, September 28.
Organized by the European Commission and first held in 2005, Researchers’ Night encourages a wide range of scientific and research organizations to host family events dedicated to popular science and fun learning. Through hands-on experiments, science shows, and learning activities, Researchers’ Night gives the public the opportunity to meet researchers, learn what they do, and see why their work matters to everyday life. Activities encourage young people to explore careers in the sciences, while celebrating the work of museums, laboratories, and academic institutions to promote new discoveries and innovation.
For this year’s event, the Arnold Arboretum will present Making the Invisible Visible at the Weld Hill Research Building. Collaborating with the Education Office of the Consulate General of Spain and the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid, the Arboretum invites the public to explore some of the ways that scientists study plants. Participants will be able to meet Spanish researchers at the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid via Skype, extract DNA from common fruit and make necklaces from the material, learn about current Arboretum research, and use microscopes to examine plant parts like bark, leaves, and seeds.
The event is free and open to curious individuals of any age. Activities are designed for children and adults and encourage family participation and inquiry.