Over 3,000 visitors showed interest in at least one of the numerous events organized by the Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry in this year's edition of the European Night of Scientists - Ruse 2019. And this year, the event offered numerous events for young and old, which lasted until late in the evening of the last Friday in September.
This year, the focus of events across Europe falls on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Astronomical Union.
Four meeting points welcomed enthusiasts of different ages. Alexander Battenberg Square gathered the largest number of science lovers, who were entertained late into the night with the chemical demonstrations of the Rapid Thunder Corps. The scientific Paleo show and meeting with a dinosaur, organized by the "Shurata Laboratory", also caused great interest. Less explosive but also of great interest were the hands-on workshops at the Regional Library, where over 100 youngsters learned more about astronomy and model aircraft, and assembled their own star charts and model aircraft.
The library also hosted one of the most attractive performances during the Night – the electrifying Tesla show. Young and old had the opportunity to watch demonstrations of the most spectacular manifestations of electricity, as well as unusual ways of its use.
The Regional History Museum and the Danube Folk Crafts Association offered interesting panels that took visitors back to the recent and not-so-recent past of Bulgaria and Europe. A curious novelty this year were the online discussions held in the RTIK Conference Hall, in which prominent Bulgarian scientists participated, with whom Ruse youth discussed topics such as exoplanets and the Bulgarian contribution to their discovery, space technologies and the foods of the future.