8 June will see the launch of a Europe-wide initiative Researchers in Europe 2005. The campaign aims to promote better awareness of the exciting multi-faceted lives and careers of researchers ordinary people with a passion for science, without whom our societys progress would not be possible. A wide range of activities will take place between June and November 2005, all designed to improve public understanding of the key role played by researchers in our society, and to attract young people to careers in science. Events include open-door days, exhibitions and theatre productions, with the highlight being European Researchers Night on 23 September, where events will be held simultaneously in cities and regions across Europe. The launch will be attended by the European Commissioner, Janez Potočnik and the Luxembourg Minister for Research, Francois Biltgen.

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