Traditionally, sciSCREEN-type public engagement events have used cinema’s back catalogue to discuss one, usually ‘hard’ science, aspect of an explicitly science orientated film. By contrast, Cardiff sciSCREEN uses new release films from a range of genres, allowing us to use the existing publicity and public awareness to build an interest in the sciSCREEN event and attract a wider audience. Rather than merely dissecting the ‘hard’ science on show, Cardiff sciSCREEN draws on academic expertise from a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking about science, society, and film.
The Researchers’ Night is an event promoted and financed by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme and by local Foundations.
It takes place every year (since 2006) on the last Friday of September simultaneously in hundreds of European cities (in Piedmont, from 3 in 2006 to 8 in 2011).
2012 will be the 7th edition of the Researchers’ Night in Torino and Piedmont. This year will cover also another region: the Aosta Valley.
The 'Seeking Perfection' project was set up to explore human enhancement - which provides a rich vein for public engagement, exploring issues such as boosting athletic performance, taking stimulant drugs to improve memory and using plastic surgery. The project was led by The University of Manchester, Nowgen, Contact Theatre and the Manchester Science Festival and this unique collaboration was successful in sparking the curiosity of young minds around aspects of biomedical research. The creative approaches used made this a distinctive and innovative project.
UNIG∑NIOS is an innovative initiative that is completely in keeping with the ideals extolled by the University of Oviedo, designed to disseminate and encourage an understanding of science throughout society, and especially in relation to the youth of today. Its ultimate aim is to encourage direct interaction between the main players in science (researchers) and the students of today, who will be the scientists of tomorrow.
‘Aquascience’ is a University of Manchester outreach event run by staff from the Faculty of Life Sciences. It is designed to introduce people to issues related to the pollution of lakes and rivers. Pollution of freshwaters is an important global issue and Aquascience is designed to bring this to the attention of both school children and the general public. This allows them to engage with research currently carried out at the University and to provide a teaching and learning service to schools.
Science and technology have an important role in modern life. More and more often people demand to be involved and not just informed about scientific topics and the general consensus is that (young) researchers are the best carriers towards this goal. For several years many European countries have been testing new deliberative democracy instruments, especially through public debates. Active Science applies the same methodology to project recipients and objectives.
Since 1992, the University Lille 1 develops a cultural policy, dealing with the links between art, science and culture, and mobilizes the academic community along with educative, institutional and associative partners.
This policy results in :
The setting up of a place of reflection, exchange and debate : “l’Espace Culture”
Promotion of scientific culture
Preservation and promotion of the scientific academic heritage
Using traditional media as well as new technologies to reach a large audience
Dealing with all aspects of a subject in a consistent programming during a year
Sensitization to the most contemporary forms of arts
Supporting the amateur practice of arts, independent or supervised by professionals
Promoting the realization of associations’ projects
The “Espace Culture” is a 1500 square meters specific cultural complex , composed of 15 people, engaged in the cultural policy of the university. It is based in the core of the campus and opened freely to everyone.
Secondary School teachers are the key to increase the scientific level of young people. The activities developed in the last two years show that researchers and teachers collaboration can lead to design new outreach activities and have shown the importance of defining particular activities to improve teachers training.