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Interactive research: 2nd Lower Austrian Research Festival

A special event for the whole family

On Friday, 27 September 2019, the Province of Lower Austria hosted the second Lower Austrian Research Festival at the Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna. Scientists from IMC Krems also had the opportunity to present their research areas.

Landeshauptfrau Johanna Mikl-Leitner bestaunt gemeinsam mit IMC Geschäftsführer Karl Ennsfellner den Personenscanner am Stand von Michael Reiner, IMC Forscher auf dem Gebiet der Digitalisierung und VR.

Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner and IMC CEO Karl Ennsfellner marvel at the people scanner at the booth of Michael Reiner, IMC researcher in the field of digitisation and VR.

After the great success in 2017, numerous interested people were once again able to participate, experiment and marvel this year.

IMC Krems presents its current areas of research

Researchers from IMC Krems encouraged the participants of the 2019 Research Festival to try out and explore a total of seven different research stations. "How does cancer look like?", "How does light develop?" or "How do I get into a virtual environment as a person?" were just several of the questions the public could explore in this context. At the station "On the same wavelength", the heart of music therapy – making music – could be experienced. Using live hyperscanning EEG and videography, synchronising effects of musical improvisation were visualised and analysed.

"We try to remove the barriers of science and research from children and adolescents through contact with our unique researchers. We are giving all visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the exciting world of science and research.", says project manager Sabine Steinkellner.

A dialogue with research

In a direct dialogue with researchers, visitors were able to learn about the latest research findings, ask questions and experience the impact of research on us and our lives. In return, the scientists received important feedback on their work. And thanks to stations suitable for children, even the youngest can playfully get in touch with research. Young people get to know role models and can personally talk to them about what researchers do all day, why they have decided on this or that topic and what has facilitated their decision.

Details of the Lower Austrian Research Festival

On 27 September 2019, numerous events took place throughout Europe under the umbrella of "European Researchers' Night". With the Lower Austrian Research Festival, the Science and Research Department of Lower Austria contributes to this initiative. The Palais Niederösterreich in Vienna opened its doors free of charge from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in order to make science and research accessible to the general public.