European Researchers’ Night 2021 - Palermo


The European Researchers' Night (24 September 2021), funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions and Horizon 2020, brings researchers closer to the public, especially for non-expert people and young students. The event provides researchers the opportunity to showcase science's diversity and its impact on citizens' daily lives and stimulate interest in research careers.

SHARPER - SHAring Researchers' Passions for Evolving Responsibility - is one of the 6 Italian projects supported by the European Commission for the European Researchers' Night in 2021. SHARPER takes place in the cities of Ancona, Cagliari, Camerino, Catania, Genoa, L'Aquila, Macerata, Nuoro, Palermo, Pavia, Perugia, Sassari, Terni, Turin, Trento and Trieste to tell the passion, discoveries and challenges of researchers from all over Europe through exhibitions, shows, concerts, games, conferences and hundreds of other initiatives aimed at the general public.

Our ESR Ngo Trung Kien and his supervisors Ilenia Tinnirello (Professor), Stefano Mangione (Associate  Professor), participated in the European Researchers' Night to present the "Internet Of Lights" topic, to raise public awareness about Visible Light Communication (VLC).

The goal of "Internet of Light" event is to show all the potential of VLC to the public and VLC's applications that can bring a massive impact on society. During the event, we prepared an introductory presentation on Visible Light Communications and its applications, followed on request on a more technical presentation about issues related to the integration between VLC and WiFi.

During the introductory presentation, we also showed demo for streaming video though VLC based on OpenVLC platform, which is widely used for academic research on VLC. We also presented more technical advanced presentations for academic audiences to explain VLC and LED technology's secrets. During the European Researchers' Night, Ngo Trung Kien shared his research experience as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Ph.D. fellowship during his time in Italy.

After the event, we received positive feedback from all of the attendants. We still get more and more visitors even at midnight in the end of the event. We cannot wait to show to the public more about our work in the next event.

The project's future results can be followed on the website, as well as on the social media of the ENLIGHT’EM project.

Source (Università degli Studi di Palermo)