First National Science Night Event Held at Tarbiat Modares University
Scholars, scientists, and science enthusiasts have been actively working on diverse initiatives to bridge the gap between science and society, aiming to popularize scientific thinking for the benefit of the general public. This effort has manifested in various forms such as the publication of scientific works, including books and articles, as well as websites, blogs, infographics, images, digital content, comic strips, board games, computer games, films, animations, radio and television programs have gained considerable popularity. The same objective has also led to the creation of various showcases like theaters, science stand-up comedies, science museums, science parks, and science houses.
One of the effective ways to promote science is through organizing Science Nights—an event designed and executed to capture the interest of the general public, promote the advancement and expansion of sciences, enhance public awareness through simplified scientific concepts, provide engaging science education, disseminate scientific approach, and establish a connection between science and society.
At long last, the collaborative efforts of the Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) and the Tarbiat Modares University bore fruit, culminating in the successful execution of the first national Science Night. This event, which unfolded on November 23, the beginning of the last month of autumn in Iran, provided a unique platform for visitors to directly engage with scientists, experts, engineers, and artists.
During this event, university faculty members presented scientific content in an accessible and comprehensible language for the general audience. Attendees were given the opportunity to participate in experiments in real time, converse with researchers about their work, and gain a more nuanced understanding of the scientific process. Science Night, through its diverse scientific programs, live research showcases, interactions with on-site staff, exhibitions, and various event sections, offered topics that extended beyond traditional curricula. This approach aims at fostering connections among families, children, adolescents, and young adults with the world of science, playing a pivotal role in shaping their scientific attitudes and understanding.
The event resonated positively with the intended audience, drawing nearly 1200 participants. At the commencement of the ceremony, Dr. Farhad Daneshjoo, Chancellor of Tarbiat Modares University, and Dr. Ali Mohammad Soltani, President of the INSF, alongside other esteemed professors, were invited to plant an elm tree in the garden adjacent to the event. The selection of the elm tree for Science Night held symbolic significance, as the English name elm translates to "science" in Persian.