Projects

Through Ecsite, members have the opportunity to participate in collaborative projects shaping the future of science engagement. Ecsite runs projects funded by the European Commission as well as initiatives in partnership with other organisations. These projects often allow the development of resources like toolkits or guides available to all.

Projects

2009 - 2012

The share of women in research is extremely low in all European countries and associated countries. The TWIST project addressed this challenge with an ambitious programme of coordinated activities to raise awareness on the role and representation of women in science and technology throughout science centres and museums in Europe.

2008 - 2012

The project facilitated the consultation of the European rare disease community at large, with the aim of building consensus on preferred public health policy scenarios for rare diseases.

2009 - 2012

Xplore Health was a European project, coordinated by Barcelona Science Park to build and promote an online portal on the latest health research.

2009 - 2012

Open Science Resources (OSR) was a collaborative project co-funded by the European Commission under the eContentplus programme. It aimed to create a shared repository of scientific digital objects - currently dispersed in European science museums and science centres - to make them more widely and coherently available, searchable and usable in the context of formal and informal learning situations.

2009 - 2011

The objective of the Nanototouch project was to bring scientists into direct contact with the public using open science labs in science centres and museums.

2009 - 2011

TIME for NANO was a 30 month project run by partners in 9 EU countries and financed by the European Commission. The aim was to engage science centre visitors, with a special attention to young people, on benefits and risks related to nanoscale research, engineering and technology and to collect opinions and feedback from the participants.

2009 - 2011

The ACCENT project (Action on Climate Change through Engagement, Networks and Tools) was launched in April 2009 as a result of the European science centres and science museums' decision to strengthen their local level efforts to address the issue of climate change.

2009 - 2011

FUND was a platform to enable active players in the cities to network and create opportunities for dialogue and engagement with science. The main outcome of the project is a discussion game to talk in a simple and effective way about controversial issues.

2008 - 2010

The Pilots project worked towards the professionalisation of the role of explainers in science centres and museums both through developing European training courses and through research on the role of explainers, with a focus on adult learning.

2008 - 2009

The EXPLOAR project demonstrated an innovative approach that involved visitors of science museums and science centers in extended episodes of playful learning. The EXPLOAR approach looked upon informal education as an opportunity to transcend from traditional museum visits, to a "feel and interact" user experience, allowing for learning "anytime, anywhere", open to societal changes and at the same time feeling culturally conscious.

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