‘Crystals night’ casts light on sciences

Crystals –  in jewelry, in the kitchen, in the human body, in electronics, in manufacturing. What is this wonderful phenomenon in its myriad ways and uses? This year Latvia’s 2014 EC European Researchers’ Night theme Friday was precisely dedicated to the topic of Crystals from the widest possible spectrum of multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Taking place in multiple locations throughout the land, the University of Latvia (LU) and several other national institutes of higher education including in Riga, Jelgava, Daugavpils, Rezekne, Ventspils, Valmiera, Salaspils and Liepaja organized open-house special events and exhibits for Latvia’s crystals-focused European Researchers’ Night 2014.

In Riga a number of LU faculties hosted open-houses devoted to displaying and explaining to the general public their links to a specific disciplinary field of study and application of knowledge about crystals from 18:00 to 23:00 on their own premises.

Among the brilliant-themed possibilities for the scholastically inclined and crystal enthusiasts from all walks of life were the building blocks of mineral crystal forms and future technologies for the determining of scents at the Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences; the sampling of 3-D printing of crystal models at the Faculty of Economics and Business Management; snowflake-form research and creative realization through textile materials at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Psychology and Art and much more.

The full program was viewable online at both the University and the Academy of Sciences websites.

More than 300 cities and towns throughout Europe mark the annual tradition of European Researchers’ Night on the last Friday in September in order to engagingly clarify the accomplishments of science and allow for a look into the secret worlds of the scientific laboratory.

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