An estimated crowd of 4,000 flocked to Technion on September 12, 2013 to celebrate
Researchers’ Night at the initiative of the European Commission.
Sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space and the European Union, this year’s Researchers’ Night events focused on Space. The Faculties of Physics and Aerospace Engineering co-hosted the events on campus whcih included demonstrations, lectures, and presentations.
Lars Faaborg-Andersen, newly appointed Head of the EU Delegation to Israel, greeted the evening audience saying that he was particularly pleased to attend the event, having just commenced his term of office. He said that Researchers’ Night is a way of exposing the general public, particularly young people, to science.
Invited speakers included former NASA astronaut Prof. James (Jim) Newman (now at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California) and astrophysicist Prof. Mario Livio (now at the Space Telescope Science Institute). Newman shared his experiences in Space, as part of the space shuttle flight STS-109, when he helped fix the Hubble telescope. View his talk, Reflections on Human Spaceflight: Hubble Space Telescope Repair, here. Livio explained several cosmic phenomena with the help of images taken by Hubble. His lecture (in Hebrew, with English slides) is here.