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The next edition of Researchers Night is behind us!

The next edition of Researchers Night is behind us!

The scientist from Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology for the second time took part in Malopolska Researchers Night. Eight different teams showed their laboratories and led workshops for young and adults.

For the second time at MCB

Can you touch the cell under a microscope? How to recognize a transgenic plant? What are the proteins and why they are so important? Or what are induced pluripotent stem cells and what can you do with them?

These and many other questions were answered by scientists from Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology during Malopolska Researchers Night, which is a great event established for science promotion and popularization. It is organized each last Friday of September every year as a part of the European Commission initiative started in 2005. At this night in around 300 European cities many workshops, lectures, exhibitions and shows are organized by scientists from various research centers and institutes.

This year it was a second time that scientists from Małopolska Centre of Biotechnology took part in this event. Eight research groups prepared diverse scientific activities for children and adults to show participants what is the main goal of their research and how the work in laboratory looks like. Participants could print biochemical models using 3D printer, track in real-time calcium signals in living pancreatic cells or even move cells under the microscope. They could also learn how to investigate the protein structure and how to purify these particles using gel chromatography. Moreover, scientists showed how the virology laboratory - the most dangerous biological laboratory looks like and how to work safely there.

This year Malopolska Researchers Night was again a great opportunity to tell the youngest audience about the latest achievements of modern biotechnology and to make them more familiar with scientist profession. We hope that all 260 participants realized how necessary and interesting is our job and some of them will choose the scientific career in the future to continue our current research to investigate new solutions for next challenges of a changing world.

Written by Anna Kościelniak