“Controlling drones thousands of kilometers away, performing remote surgeries, or being immersed in video with low latency will certainly transform access to digital information and communication technologies” was the description presenting the section “5G Advanced for Everyone” at the 2022 edition of the European Researchers’ Night. The section, organized by TeamUp5G (New RAN TEchniques for 5G UltrA-dense Mobile networks) European project, gathered young and senior researchers from Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) to introduce concepts concerning 5G and beyond to the public in the Lisbon night.
Topics were presented in looped sessions, where early-stage researchers highlighted their research topics, ranging from 5G technologies to emerging technologies being considered beyond 5G, to the community. A 5G lens antenna demonstrator, where visible light originated in a LED emulates the behavior of the radio waves, was exhibited to showcase the propagation of millimeter wavebands. Besides, the public was encouraged to answer a quiz at the end of each session, which was the preamble to a fascinating debate.
The 2022 European Researcher’s Night aimed to bring research and researchers closer to the public, showcasing the impact of researchers’ work on people’s daily lives and increasing the interest of young people in science and research careers. This edition, like previous years, activities were carried out in a hybrid format. In Lisbon, the European Researcher’s Night was held in the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência da Universidade de Lisboa and Jardim do Príncipe Real, were thousands of people, including children, students, and families showed their appreciation for science. This year, researchers were challenged to develop activities about “science for all – sustainability and inclusion”, seeking to promote and make young people aware of the relevance of research and innovation in Europe, with a view to a more sustainable and inclusive future and that promote scientific careers and their role in seeking solutions in this area.