Date: 25th-26th of September 2018
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Audience: general public
“Science is Wonder-ful!” is a European Researchers’ Night event that arouses interest in science and awakens curiosity in research. It is open to everybody and offers edutainment activities challenging the communication skills of the participating researchers and the thinking skills of the audience.
Mr Alvaro Vidal Roncero (ESR 12) collaborated with Mr Max Brunhart (ESR 13 of the Marie Curie ITN CaFE project/ CITY, University of London) to present the cavitation phenomenon, which is the cornerstone of both research projects. At their stand – named “Boiling without Heating”- they introduced the cavitation phenomenon to their audience by using a syringe full of water: they showed the formation of bubbles by pulling the lever of the syringe, blocked the exit and then they released the lever to show the bubble collapse. Their audience also enjoyed a series of videos: a shrimp that hunts via cavitation, a glass bottle breaking in slow motion due to the collapse of bubbles and a submarine with a trail made of collapsing bubbles.
Hundreds of visitors – mainly school students – visited the “Boiling without Heating” stand. The high number of visitors increased the level of challenge for the two ESRs; they practiced to adjust quickly to the age of each audience managing to trigger vivid, age appropriate discussions.