On the 20th of October, 2022, Robert Wilson, one of the most innovative figures in international theatre and the visual-arts scene, and director and producer of ‘Einstein on the Beach’ (1976), visited the European Gravitational Observatory in order to start a dialogue on art and science with the REINFORCE Project Coordinator, Stavros Katsanevas, and the EGO-VIRGO scientific community.
In collaboration with the Musée Jules Verne, in the city of Nantes (France), the CNRS lab IP2I is participating in the organisation of an exhibition that will be held in France during the summer of 2023. The exhibition will trace the birth and progress of the ‘Lidenbrock’ project: a muography examination of the inner part of the Snaefellsjőkull glacier volcano, which is famous for being the scene of the science-fiction novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, by Jules Verne.
On Sunday, the 30th of October, 2022, in the context of the Genoa Festival of Science, which ran from the 20th of October to the 1st of November, 2022, EGO organised Il suono dell’Universo (‘The sound of the Universe’). The event involved a dialogue on what it means to 'listen' to the Cosmos between Wanda Diaz-Merced, EGO researcher and internationally renowned expert in the sonification of astronomical data, and Stavros Katsanevas, the REINFORCE Project Coordinator.
From the 22nd to the 23th of October, REINFORCE took part in the Athens Science Festival, at which over 600 children, students and people of all ages discovered Virgo and the science of gravitational waves through many interactive activities organized by REINFORCE partner EA.
In an attempt to reach a wider audience, including people who would not necessarily set out to seek to learn about physics, REINFORCE WP4 researcher, Gwenhaël de Wasseige (UCLouvain), started a collaboration with TintinImaginatio, the company set up to protect and promote the work of Hergé. As part of this collaboration, an article on the official Tintin website was produced, focussing on muography and placing it in the context of the ‘Tintin and the Cigars of the Pharaoh’ adventure.
On the 19th of July, 2022, the European Gravitational Observatory organised an art and science event in Lajatico, a municipality in the province of Pisa, internationally renowned for its Teatro del Silenzio (‘Theatre of Silence’), owned by the world-famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli.
Under the theme of “Humanity as observer and listener of the cosmos”, the REINFORCE International Youth Art Contest focuses on the concepts of fundamental physics, such as space, time and the nature and structure of the Universe. To be eligible for the contest, artwork must represent humanity:
Inside a cultivated field near the west arm of the interferometer Luca Serasini will "draw" the interference fringes as they are produced by the antenna demonstration model, in dimensions varying between 8 and 18 feet in length.
The 30-months project NGIatlantic.eu will push the Next Generation Internet a step further by providing cascade funding to EU-based researchers and innovators in carrying out Next Generation Internet related experiments in collaboration with US research teams.