Brussels, 04 Nov 2002
A series of live webcasts exploring the science of everyday objects we could not do without are being presented as part of European Science and Technology week.
Seven of Europe's leading research organisations will present three live webcasts from CERN (European organisation for nuclear research) in a joint outreach programme for the European Science and Technology Week from 4 to 10 November. The aim of 'Sci-Tech...couldn't be without it!' is to show how today's society could not function without cutting-edge scientific research.
Fundamental science will be brought as close as possible to daily life by showing in an entertaining way how the behaviour of electrons in silicon was essential to the development of transistors and computers, how new medicines are developed by looking at the genome of malaria carrying mosquitoes, and how cancer can be diagnosed and treated with particle beams.
During the webcasts, scientists from the seven research organisations (CERN, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the European Fusion Development Agreement (EFDA), the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) and the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL)) and their industrial partners Sun Microsystems, Siemens, L`Oreal and Luminex will take the public inside their most popular gadgets to discover the science that made them possible and how vital fundamental research has been in the creation of modern technology.
The webcasts will also include live quiz shows for 15 to 19 year old Europeans with top-tech prizes to be won.
For more information about the webcasts and how to view them visit URL: http://info.web.cern.ch/info/scitech/Web Cast/Webcast.html
For further information on Science Week, please visit: URL: http://www.cordis.lu/scienceweek/home.ht m
Remarks: The broadcasts will take place live on the Internet on 7 November at 10:00 in Italian and at 15:00 in French and on 8 November at 15:00 in English