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About the project

The European Researchers' Night takes place every year, on the last Friday of September. The European Researchers’ Night targets the general public, addressing and attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a special focus on families, pupils and students, and notably those who do not have easy access to, and thus are less inclined to engage in STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) or research activities.

Blue-connect gathers partners from five main coastal cities of the Mediterranean part of Croatia, whose research is greatly characterized by natural, biomedical, environmental, social, and economic aspects of the sea.  The main objective of Blue-connect is to reconnect science with society by bringing research and researchers closer to the public, boosting public recognition of science and research education, and building trust and understanding of science and its impact on the blue society in the region.

Composed of five working packages that reflect the overall objectives, project will implement activities that promote research and science in an understandable and comprehensible way and encourage engagement of the general public and youth with science to jointly act on relevant problems facing the Mediterranean. Activities during the NIGHT will allow the public and youth to participate in experiments that will help them understand research and science. To ensure the activities are achieving desired impact, methodology and tools for evaluating the impact of project activities and the perception of the general public and youth will be developed and implemented. Successful implementation of the project will ultimately increase trust in research and science by the general public and youth in Croatia.



Coordinator: University of Split

Project manager: Ivona Peternel, PhD

Project number: 101061595

Program: Horizon Europe

Project budget: 314.073 EUR
UNIPU budget: 25.375 EUR

Start date: 01/05/2022
Project duration: 18 months


Expected project outcomes

Objective 1: Ensure comprehensible and effective message on science

Objective 2: Increase awareness of research and innovation activities and project activities

Objective 3: Increase understanding of science, its role for the society and economy, and the impact on citizens’ daily lives

Objective 4: Induce engagement of young people and the general public in research and science and boost public recognition of science and research education

Objective 5: Evaluate the impact of the project’s activities on the general public and youth

Partners (Croatia)

  • Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
  • Institute of Oceanography and fisheries
  • Mediterranean Institute for Life Science – MediLS
  • Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karts Reclamation
  • University of Dubrovnik
  • University of Zadar
  • University of Rijeka
  • Science and Technology Park of the University of Rijeka (STeP Ri)