Every year, all over Europe and neighboring countries, take place events called European Researchers Nights that dedicate popular science and fun learning. European Commission support these events as part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. These events motivate every citizen to meet scientists, conversate and interact with them in many ways with in order to learn about their work for the society. This year, the events took place on Friday 29 September in over 250 cities. Many years now, the Researchers’ Night has been hosted by the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) and has been established as a top event for the local society of Heraklion. Every year different teams present their activities to the public. Just like last year, the FORTH team was there to talk with the citizen of Heraklion and interact with them focusing on the URBANFLUXES project.
A lot of visitors were attracted by the project because of its importance for the local community of Heraklion. The visitors had the chance to interact and talk with UF team about the CO2 emissions in the center of Heraklion, also they could see real-time in situ data from the Eddy covariance station that has been installed in the framework of the URBANFLUXES project. They found the project very interesting and they were curious about the outcomes and the application of the project’s results. All visitors and especially the young students expressed the great interest for the application of monitoring for urban climate with in-situ and satellite measurements. Most of the visitors were impressed by the concept of providing all the data freely online and especially the real-time meteorological measurements. The local authorities have also visited the Researchers’ Night, where they were thoroughly informed about the URBANFLUXES project and the importance for Heraklion being one of the case studies.