On 9 November 2018, Kathrin Gaál, Executive Councilor for Women and Housing, Elisabeth Oberzaucher, top researcher and evolutionary biologist, and others attended the first Research Festival of Smarter Together in Simmering, Vienna that was implemented in cooperation with the local educational institution Science Pool.
To mark the occasion, Kathrin Gaál shared that “it is important to encourage the hunger for knowledge in kids. We want to foster the enthusiasm of young people to co-create Vienna, a city with a high quality of life. Smarter Together and the Science Pool are contributing to this with their research workshops in a consistent way.”
In a preparatory phase, the Science Pool had held a number of research oriented workshops on issues such as the city of the future, energy, e-mobility – all related to and financed by the smart city project Smarter Together. In preparation for the festival, three classes had delved deeper into their respective activities and created special projects that were presented and awarded at the festival. The festival took place at the Nerd Museum in Simmering that is managed by Science Pool. The open door days and workshops were organised for the children from participating schools as well as to all other attendees.
Elisabeth Oberzaucher stated that “the first Research Festival of Simmering is a great story. Everywhere something is happening. The kids are creative and enthusiastic about research. And this is also the way how science has to be promoted.”
Julia Girardi-Hoog, Vienna project leader of Smarter Together, agreed saying that “a good education is an investment in the future of the city. Therefore, Smarter Together implements a high number of projects involving schools.”
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