www.sharper-night.it, will take place on 29 September 2023 in several cities in Europe to tell the story of the passion, discoveries and challenges of researchers across Europe through exhibitions, shows, concerts, games, conferences and hundreds of other initiatives addressed to the general public.


In Ancona (Italy):

“SHARKS: DANGEROUS OR IN DANGER?” with Sara Bonanomi and Lorenzo De Santis

Sharks are seen as man-eaters, but are they really that dangerous? The activities of the ELIFE project to safeguard these endangered animals”.

During the event, the public in attendance (preferably young people and children) will be involved in the following demonstration activity: participants will have to choose, from the various soft toys made available, the sharks that will succeed or fail to pass the exclusion grid positioned inside the fishing net on display. In addition, a short video “Do you know sharks?” and an information poster on the endangered shark species in our sea and ongoing research activities within the LIFE ELIFE (Elasmobranch Low Impact Fishing Experience) research project will be shown at the stand.” www.elifeprject.eu


In Genoa (Italy):

SEA RESEARCH-A face to face with researchers


Acquario di Genova will exceptionally open its doors to the public for a special evening in the company of its researchers.

Visitors will be able to visit the exhibition pathway free of charge, where they will meet the scientific staff, who will talk about the many projects and studies they are involved in for the protection of aquatic environments.

Bruna Valettini from the Genoa Aquarium and Noemi Gargano from the Anton Dhorn Zoological Station will illustrate the project with particular reference to the use of circle hooks as an alternative fishing tool to limit the bycatch of sharks.


The evening visit will be free of charge, with a limited number of visitors, and access tickets will be collected from 6.30 p.m. on the 29th, at the station at the base of the entrance staircase. Access will be divided into four time slots, each for a maximum of 50 people: 7-7.30 pm; 7.30-8 pm; 8-8.30 pm; 8.30-9 pm. Closing time at 11 pm.


The SHARPER project is funded by the European Commission within the framework of the European Researchers’ Night – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions projects. GA 101061553