Project showcase

Could an object describe your entire project?

The courageous speakers of this session took on this challenge and will be telling you about their projects in an original and jargon-free style.

Expect a 2min story for each project, followed by 45min of networking.

Join to get a quick overview of ongoing non-profit actions and meet those and others behind collaborative initiatives.

There are no pitch slots left in this session.


Maria Zolotonosa
Senior Project Manager, Sparks project coordinator

Session speakers

Experience Design Coordinator
Parque Explora
DEX - THE DESIGN OF EXPERIENCE CENTERED EXHIBITS: A PRACTICAL FRAMEWORK The visitor experience with interactives exhibits is a complex phenomenon; particularly because many factors are interrelated and its subjective and dynamic nature. DEX is an early framework that has been developed to help museum professionals to support their decision making process for the design and evaluation of the experiential qualities of interactive museum exhibits, , particularly in the beginning stages of concept development and prototype design. This tool is primarily intended for those science museums with no specialized designers, limited financial resources and short development timelines that are committed to create interactive exhibits that facilitate engaging learning experiences for visitors. With this poster you will find: 1) A practical and easy to implement tool. 2) A set of design principles. 3) A tool that will help to bridge the gap between visitor experience research and exhibit design practice. 4) A communication tool to establish a common ground for discussion in multidisciplinary teams.
Project Manager
Beyond fear: how to educate the younger generations to improve their awareness and thus a positive attitude about catastrophic natural events like earthquakes? Often catastrophic natural events can gravely strike communities, as tragically highlight by the earthquake occurred in central Italy on August 24th 2016. On the other hand, one of the most peculiar features of seismology is the fact that earthquakes provide us with a lot of scientific information. These data allow us to carry out effective laboratorial experiences by means of ICT, as demonstrated by the success found by the numerous educational projects carried out on this subject, with the widespread diffusion of PC in the schools since the ‘90s. In this poster session a representative of Fondazione Idis - Città della Scienza will show the activities carried out so far in the framework Erasmus+ project “Schools Study Earthquakes”. These activities are aimed to let high schools students to find out what they can learn exploiting the seismic data gathered by the web and hence awaken their interest to STEM.
Head of European Projects
Boulogne sur mer
MARINA: A Knowledge sharing platform for connecting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) communities with marine hot topics and H2020 challenges The MARINA project aims at generating RRI-driven solutions to marine hot topics and societal challenges, integrating citizens’ needs, and making recommendations for EU and national policies. Our project provides a socio-technical environment engaging science communicators, citizens, researchers, innovators, industry and policy makers in a participatory dialogue through: - Local and international Mobilisation and Mutual Learning workshops - International policy maker - RRI practitioner workshops - Web Knowledge Sharing Platform - an innovative tool for knowledge sharing and co-creation - Lessons Learned, Best Practices and RRI Roadmaps - Interactive traveling exhibition MARINA, from May 2016 till April 2019, is funded by the EC’s H2020 (“Integrating Society in Science and Innovation”) and executed by Aalborg Universitet, AHHAA, APRE, CIC nanoGUNE, CNTI, EurOcean, IRPPS-CNR, ISPRA, Istanbul Universitesi, Mare Nostrum, Nausicaa, Smartbay Ireland Ltd, World Ocean Network, and XPRO Consulting. As a participant, you will... Learn about: -MARINA partnership which is innovative because it assembles several partners from organisations other than science centres and museums (universities, research institutes, an innovation hub, networks) and from several activity sectors: neurosciences, technologies, nanotechnologies, environment, marine sciences, social informatics, computing, social media and knowledge management systems. -MARINA communities, best practice, digital platform and services.
Head of Educational Programmes
also presenting: MARINA: A Knowledge sharing platform for connecting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) communities with marine hot topics and H2020 challenges
Researcher Experience Design in Museums
Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Desiging Experiencescapes 'Get to know your visitor' or 'A day in the life of your visitor': over the last years, more attention has been given to the matter on how museums can enrich the experience of their visitors to inspire and touch them. We all believe that we should take visitors' experiences into account, however, what we don't know if the choices museums make to enrich exhibitions actually lead to more inspired, happy and emotionally engaged visitors. To research these effects, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences has partnered up with 12 museums, such as the Allard Pierson Museum, Museum Boerhaave and Museum of National Antiquities. Starting from 2014, Schrandt has monitored the way museums create their exhibitions and how visitors respond to these exhibitions, thereby paying special attention to the usage of innovative technologies, participative and narrative techniques. So do these techniques actually lead to a better visitor experience? Come and find out! As a participant, you will... - learn about the effects of these three techniques on the visitor experience; - if and how these instruments can be used as evaluative instruments; - see how the evaluation of an exhibition can also be based on other items rather than, say, the amount of visitors; - discuss the study and debate future aspects to be researched (or even set up new collaborations)
PhD Physics student, high- school teacher
Physics Dept, University of Salerno
Divertiesperimenti”: a mini Science Center blossomed in a university In order to encourage a change of the way Science is taught, the Department of Physics at University of Salerno has made a mini Science Center within its walls. Named “Divertiesperimenti” (“fun and experiments”), our small exhibit collection is based on the model of the San Francisco’s Exploratorium and provides learners, school students and school teachers, with opportunities to directly observe and manipulate many natural phenomena, guided by university experts. “Divertiesperimenti” aims at being a learning laboratory: a playful place to explore and think; our collection is far from being a professional Science Center, but its strength relies in the fact that school students and teachers could stretch out their hands and touch even the research tools! As a participant, you will... I dream I'll have a full immersion in the art of communicate science through creativeness and genius! I have planned and I have made 20 exhibits built for my Department. I organized many activities with this collection in these years. I'll be happy to show my work and mainly to learn from other people. I'm curious to know if my exhibits have original design and if experts think they are working well!
Project Assistant
Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI) What would be the best approach to embed RRI in higher education? The HEIRRI project developed an RRI inventory of good practices and designed training programs and materials which will be piloted at selected academic levels (BA, MA, Ph.D. + summer schools and MOOCs) by five universities. Besides these, the non-formal education will be integrated via two additional pilots conducted by science museums. Their formative evaluation will provide an insight as to how to advance and what are the major obstacles in integrating RRI into the current R & I system.
Tomas  Rehacek_Ecsite Project Manager
Project Manager
Communicating the cutting-edge research What’s the frontier research conducted in Europe, how does it impact our daily lives and how can it be communicated to the general public? ScienceSquared is a 42-month communications campaign highlighting the research funded by the European Research Council (ERC) with the aim of reaching the European and international audience through the use of traditional as well as more novel carriers of information, including augmented reality, snowfall articles and more. Focused on popular scientific themes, such as cities of the future, food and robotics, the campaign seeks to arouse the interest and curiosity of the public in science and ERC-funded research.
Suzana Filipecki Martins
Project Manager
"Space Awareness: Inspiring a New Generation of Space Explorers Space Awareness is an international project - funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework - for children and teenagers, striving to increase their enthusiasm and knowledge of science and technology using the exciting possibilities of space, and inspiring them to pursue a career in relation to space subjects. To achieve that, along with its 26 partners in Europe and Africa, the project offers a wide range of tools to inspire students and teachers to be involved in space related activities. Among others, the project’s activities include professional development tools, educational resources, citizen science and games, as well as space careers stories."
Postdoctoral Researcher
Centre for Social Studies and Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources
Biodiversity and Sustainable Development beyond the General Public: designing a science communication project thinking about the public is quite a challenge! What public are we considering? And what public are we excluding? Here we present some examples of activities being implemented by a science museum in Portugal and a science centre in Brazil that target two specific publics: an inclusive and informal cycle of talks about biodiversity that starts by the exploration of a selected object from a former “cabinet of curiosities” in a format that allows the participation of blind and visually impaired people, and a set of activities about water scarcity and the need to overcome poverty in areas subject to long periods of drought that move around in order to meet a public that, for the most part, never had the opportunity to visit a science museum.
Associated professor
Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Brazil
Also presenting: Biodiversity and Sustainable Development beyond the General Public
Manel Laporta
Assistant Policy Officer
European Commission
Lena Söderström, Project & Communications Manager at Science & Public (VA) in Sweden
Projekt & Communications Manager
Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA)
Predicting the climate with tea bags: Mass experiments in Swedish schools Each year since 2009, thousands of Swedish pupils have contributed to the development of scientific knowledge through the citizen science initiative the mass experiment, a part of ForskarFredag – European Researchers’ Night in Sweden. The aim is to stimulate scientific literacy and an interest in science among young people while generating scientific output. In the “Tea Bag Experiment” in 2015, scientists were helped by 250 school classes to study the decomposition of organic material in soil and how this process is affected by climate change. The pupils buried a set of tea bags before the summer break and then dug the tea bags up when school started again in the autumn, measuring the weight of the tea bags before and after they had been in the ground. Lena Söderström is national coordinator of Researchers’ Night in Sweden at Vetenskap & Allmänhet (Public & Science, VA).
academic / project manager
University of Tübingen, Germany
Science Notes – Our future in 5 x 15 minutes The Science Notes take science to the club. We invite 5 highly acclaimed researchers to club venues all over Germany and give them 15 minutes each to clearly and vividly present their science. The mixed audience experiences a fusion of live-performed electronic music, club-visuals and expert science communication. Each episode focuses on a single topic, that highlights scientific research’s impact on future society, such as climate change, biodiversity, robots, waste or food. Presentation/Pitch will be by Prof. Dr. Olaf Kramer and me.
University of Tübingen, Germany
Also presenting "Science Notes – Our future in 5 x 15 minutes"