On September 8 and 9, 2021, at 4 pm, in Sapienza’s Aula Magna (Rectorate building), the Nobel Prize for physics Michel Mayor will talk about exoplanets and the discovery of the cosmos beyond our solar system in two different sessions. Rector Antonella Polimeni will open the event. Michel Mayor, a Swiss astronomer and lecturer at the University of Geneva, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2019, paired with researcher Didier Queloz, for the discovery of 51 Pegasi b , the first planet detected outside the solar system, orbiting 51 Pegasi, a star with Sun-like characteristics. Booking link available from September 4.
Mayor’s lectures at Sapienza are part of the Science Together NET programme for the European Researchers’ Night 2021, launched on June 4, 2021; researchers from the eleven prominent public research organisations and universities comprising the NET network will carry out workshops, in-person and virtual tours, games and experiments, and interactive lectures to bring adults and children closer to science. The “Aspettando la notte” events, all free of charge, will be taking place in Rome, Viterbo and many other Italian cities: a packed programme across the country, from north to south, ahead of the European Researchers’ Night on September 24, 2021.
These events aim to increase public awareness and involvement in the global challenge of climate change by informing the public about the actions of the European Green Deal and the NRP for a more sustainable economy. Particular attention is given to young people and schools. Activities, both in person and online, will be carried out by researchers to involve the new generations in the passion and curiosity for science through workshops and games such as the NET treasure hunt that will entertain students in a fun and exciting way.
Full programme available on the page of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences (links section).
Source: Sapienza University of Rome