Outreach activities

Our talented students don't just wander the halls of their labs looking for an idea that will make them famous. They also share their enthusiasm and their results during outreach activities.

Audience: general public

Type of action: workshop


The European Researchers' Night (ERN) is an annual event initiated by the European Commission, which invites the public to share a moment with researchers during the same evening in various European cities. The idea is to make the profession of researcher known to the general public, during a convivial moment of encounter.

In the context of the 2021 edition, ESR6 organised a stand at Suceava, where he presented a few devices from his laboratory. He explained to the audience how the devices work and how he use them for the project. Also, he discussed some of his project's objectives and about using vibration as feedback in various devices.

Audience: Students

Type of action: workshop


A hackathon is a social coding event that brings computer programmers and other interested people together to improve upon or build a new software program.

This event was organised at the University of Suceava at the end of 2021. ESR6 presented the VIREO application that he developed as a part of the project. He trained the students in the use of this application during the competition.


Audience: children

Type of action: workshop

The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is the global campaign to increase general public awareness of the progresses and benefits of brain research.The campaign is coordinated at international level by the Dana Foundation (https://www.brainawareness.org), and at national level by the Belgian Brain Council. Every March, the Brain Awareness Week unites the efforts of partner organizations world-wide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages.

In the context of the 2022 edition, a group of 6 young researchers has proposed to organize a workshop in High school. The name of the workshop is ”Touch and pain, neurosciences at the skin level”, in connection with the theme of the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology recently awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for the discovery of touch and pain receptors.

The activity (about 2 hours) would consist of three 30-40 minute workshops held three times in parallel, to accommodate a total of three groups of students (5th and/or 6th grade). The workshop was delivered the 15/03/2022 in the ”Institut Dominique Pire”, in Brussels. Find below a short description of the 3 parallel sessions:

Title Description Researchers in charge
The sense of touch and Surface Haptics technologies Overview of the somatosensory system and presentation of haptic technologies with a focus on Ultrasonic Vibration. A demonstration follow the presentations. Detjon Brahimaj
Giulia Esposito
Multisensory haptics and virtual reality How psychophysics and magnetic resonance neuroimaging are used to study the brain processes underlying multisensory haptic perception. A demonstration follow the presentations. Emmanuel Coulon
Pain, Thermoception and TRP channels Cellular and molecular study of the functioning of TRP ionized channels and different techniques to study the involvement of these channels in the perception of pain in humans. Farah Issah
Solenn Gousset

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 860114