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On 24/9: Smart even at night at the Weizmann Institute and in cafes in the area

The institute's scientists will meet with the public and discuss various topics from the front of science, the Nano Comics exhibition will be presented in life size, and its creators will talk to the audience

The heroes of the cartoon series of the Weizmann Institute
The heroes of the cartoon series of the Weizmann Institute

What do scientists do when they get up in the morning? How are scientific discoveries revealed? How are patents and advanced technologies born? The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, and other science and educational institutions, open their doors to the general public and offer answers to these questions - and many more - in an evening of diverse, intelligent and entertaining activities for the whole family. Entry and participation in all activities are free of charge.

"Smart at night" events, sponsored by the European Union, will be held at research and higher education institutions and science museums across the country on Thursday, September 24, from 17:00 p.m. to 22:00 p.m.

The Weizmann Institute of Science invites the public to take part in a long and varied series of activities, which will take place on the institute's campus and in the surrounding cities:

The scientists of the Weizmann Institute of Science will meet with the public and discuss various topics from the front of science: what exactly is happening in the giant particle accelerator that was recently inaugurated in Geneva? Will a biological computer one day be able to roam inside our bodies and cure diseases? How does the brain "see" and "imagine"? All these and more, in meetings over a cup of coffee and at eye level, which will take place in the streets and surrounding cities.

A life-size nanocomics exhibition

Exhibition of "Nano-Comics" - a new series of comics, from the creator of the Weizmann Institute of Science, presents scientific plots with a smile. The series tells the story of five superheroes: Nano, a boy about 10 years old, whose parents went on a long journey in space, and he spends a lot of time at his grandmother's workplace, who is the cook in the cafeteria of the scientific institute; Femto, a senior and mature scientist, with the mind of a child; Giga, a young and energetic multidisciplinary scientist; Mega, a postdoctoral researcher who hides the fact of being a time traveler; And Tara, a graphic designer working at the institute, who sometimes has to remind her scientist friends of the simple facts of life.

Nano's natural curiosity leads him and his friends to get involved in scientific adventures that take place at the forefront of scientific research, close to the edge of human knowledge. The creators of the series, Meir Goldberg, Bisham Azgad and Viniv Shimoni, will talk to visitors at the exhibition, during which a dozen comic episodes will be revealed for the first time. There will also be life-sized comic book characters on display.

The "Nano-Comics" exhibition will be presented, for one night, as part of the "Smart Even at Night" events, under the auspices of the European Union, in which the Weizmann Institute of Science, and other scientific and educational institutions open their doors to the general public, for an evening of diverse activities, lectures, tours, demonstrations and entertainment science. Entry and participation in all activities is free of charge. The activity on the Weizmann Institute of Science campus is organized by the Davidson Institute for Science Education, which brings together the educational activities of the Weizmann Institute of Science. These events are held under the coordination of the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports and with the participation of scientific and educational institutions in Israel.

The night of the scientists poster
The night of the scientists poster
  • The flying egg competition - planning and implementation of sophisticated methods for throwing eggs from the top of the particle accelerator tower, without breaking or cracking the egg shell. The winning egg - the one that survives the fall and falls in the shortest time, according to the contest rules, will win the box builder a prize. The competition will take place at 17:00. The general public is invited to watch the flying egg competition, but participation in it requires registration and building a case in advance.
  • Prize distribution ceremony in the PhysiWiki competition - a competition for writing entries in the Hebrew Wikipedia on optics and atomic physics. The three winners - who will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of Weizmann Institute of Science scientists and "Wikipedia" people - will receive cash prizes. The ceremony will take place at 17:00 in Weissman Hall.
  • Workshops and scientific activities for the whole family will be held in the Klor Science Garden, a unique science museum operating under the dome of the sky. Come try night vision, make a sundial, and get to know the many science park facilities. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
  • Guided tours will be held in research laboratories and showrooms throughout the campus. Come see "Foucault's Pendulum" which proves that the Earth does rotate, watch 12D proteins in the molecular theater, get up close and personal with zebra fish and transgenic plants, and find out how particle accelerators and magnetic imaging devices work. Recommended for ages XNUMX and up.
  • List of "Science Coffee" meetings - conversations with scientists in a cafe atmosphere (starting at 20:30):

    • The Center for Adult Education in Ashdod - the giant accelerator in Geneva and the secrets of the universe (Dr. Gilad Perez)
    • Mezkeret Batia Community Center - strategies for developing new drugs against bacteria (Dr. Bela Groysman)
    • Davidson Institute cafeteria, Rehovot - synthetic biology - playing Lego with the stones of life (Dr. Amir Mitchell)
    • The Weizmann House at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot - the limits of miniaturization, quantum dimensions and the self-assembly solution (Toher Jordan)
    • North Experiences, Rehovot - biological computer for curing cancer: vision and reality (ages)
    • Karmi Yosef Winery - the human sense of smell (Prof. Noam Sobel)
    • Beit Gil Zahav in Be'er Ya'akov - What are stem cells: the good, the bad and the unknown (Dr. Hila Gal)
    • Eshkol Pis Ramla - the sensory perception system (Prof. Ehud Ahisher)
    • Beit Kotor Hafis, the library building in Shaam - from the environment to the glass and back: the story of water pollution (Dr. Yishai Dror)
    • The Multidisciplinary Intelligence Center - "Very pleasant, we are your brain" (Eyal Cohen)
    • Rishon Lezion College of Management - Brain and Consciousness: On the lack of objectivity in sensory perception and its influence on decision-making (Dr. Amos Arieli)
    • Holon College of Technology - a computational view of the brain (Dr. Oren Shariki)
    • Hamada Tel Aviv - From photons to fantasies: vision and imagination in the human brain (Prof. Raphael Malach)

    More details and a full program of events at the Weizmann Institute of Science can be found Web site -

    as well as on the national website of Ministry of Science -

    "Smart even at night" events on the Weizmann Institute of Science campus are organized by the Davidson Institute for Science Education, which brings together the educational activities of the Weizmann Institute of Science. These events are taking place for the fourth year, in cooperation with the European Union, in coordination with the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports and with the participation of science and education institutions in Israel, including the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sports, the Migal Technology Center in the Upper Galilee, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Bloomfield Science Museum, Jerusalem, the Keller Science Garden at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Medatech - the Museum of Science, Technology and Space in Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University and Bar Ilan University.

    For information about the activities in the other institutions

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