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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 behind the showcased collaborative initiatives.

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Suzana Filipecki Martins
Project Manager

Session speakers

Exhibition producer
Invisible electricity in our lives - Exhibition Electri City at Heureka, Finnish science centre. The Electri City exhibition was realized as a part of the multi-year collaborative project by the electricity safety association STEK and Heureka. Other partners involved in creating the exhibition are the Finnish National Rescue Association SPEK, and Brammer Ltd (Technical support). "At Electri City you can explore smart electricity in your daily life. In the exhibition, you’ll find out how electricity makes its way from the power station to your home, what a smart home is like, and how you can use electricity smartly yourself. The exhibition’s escape room lets you test if you would survive a power failure for three days. In Electri City, you can experience how much energy can be stored in the battery of a modern smartphone, and how fast an electric sauna stove would consume the same amount of electricity." In this project showcase, I would tell about the project, how it started and how the whole thing was done. I would also be glad to tell how the first year of the exhibition has gone. Feedback from our visitors, our explainers and an internal study shall be shown.
Studio Loris Cecchini
director exhibition team
Head of European Projects
Boulogne sur mer
MARINA, A Knowledge Sharing Platform – What have we learnt so far? The MARINA project has run for a year now. We have set up an open all-inclusive collaborative and networking platform where citizens, researchers, entrepreneurs, policy makers and science communicators, interested in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can interact. We have carried out 21 local and international Mobilization and Mutual Learning workshops about sustainable tourism and coastal cities; pollution caused by human land and sea activities; renewable energies; and fishing and aquaculture. We have tested various interactive workshop formats. Over 600 European citizens and stakeholders with different or conflicting perspectives and interests exchanged good practice and generated RRI-driven action plans and policy recommendations to face current marine hot topics and societal challenges. By the time of the ECSITE conference, 21 more workshops will be completed and will provide deeper insights into RRI and stakeholders concerns and aspirations. In this project pitch we will share the results, best practice and lessons learned so far. MARINA is funded by a EU H2020 program. It assembles universities, research institutes, businesses, networks, an innovation hub, a science centre and an aquarium in 11 countries in Europe.
Project Officer
World Ocean Network
Coordinates the Passport of Citizen of the Ocean Program. Will also bring the experience of Sea Change project, activities and tools.
Francisco J. Franco del Amo, Technical Manager, Aquarium Finisterrae
Technical Manager-Aquarium Finisterrae
A Coruña
One of the founding members and now President of World OCean Network. Will also bring the experience of Sea Change and Sea for Society projects and facilities.
Was part of the OCEANICS project, thus contributing to the 1st version of the Passport. One of the founding members of World OCean Network. Will also bring the experience Sea for Society projects and facilities.
Carole Paleco
International relations and projects
BioBlitz in Brussels Leopold Park - “BioBlitz Leopold Park” is a follow-up of how biodiversity has changed –and hopefully increased– in a park located in the heart of Brussels, since the revegetation of the pond and set up of a flowery meadow in 2015. On 02/06/2018 after a short introduction on sampling techniques and insect ecology, 20 citizens are invited to collect insects at the bank of the pond, in the meadow, and in other locations of the park. This participatory event aims at raising citizens awareness about biodiversity in the city.
Executive Director of Ciência Viva
Head of International Relations
Nausicaa Centre National de la Mer
Sea Change is an EU-funded project that aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and healthy communities. Ocean Literacy has been promoted through mobilisation activities that target educators, communities, governance actors and citizens. Following its conclusion in February 2018, the Sea Change consortium will be able to present an ambitious set of tools and resources as well as a wealth of experience and lessons learned from running an extensive programme of innovative public engagement activities on the topic of oceans, ocean health and ocean literacy, including in the context of landlocked countries. Building on previous initiatives such as OCEANICS, Blue Planet Forum, ACCENT and Sea for Society, Sea Change hopes to attract a wide community of conference participants interested in ensuring the legacy of such initiatives. On hand to discuss the project are representatives from Ciencia Viva (Ana Norohna), AHHAA (Helin Haga), Nausicaa (Manuel Cira), and Casa Ciencias/Aquarium Finisterrae (Jose Francisco Francisco del Amo), and World Ocean Network (Elisa Atger).
Science communicator
Although many efforts are conducted to encourage youngsters to opt for a study and/or profession in STEM, many youngsters, especially minorities and women, keep underrepresented in this job sector. Therefore, the one-year project STEMfluence (2018) unites all Flemish universities and universities of applied sciences, business partners and a media partner specialized in viral and inclusive communication for youngsters, to deploy role models on social media. The objective is to bridge the gap between youngsters and the ‘unreachable’ STEM-jobs by introducing to them what STEM really means, engage their interest in the field of work, identify them with STEM-profession and making a motivated STEM-study choice.
"Hilbert" is an open source infrastructure to deploy, exchange and monitor digital interactives in science museums. It is launched in the new ESO Supernova museum in Munich (opening April 2018), where it will orchestrate 150 computers (digital interactives, interactive screens, info screens). Features of Hilbert: system-independent bundling of digital interactives containing multimedia with fast graphics, orchestration on a cluster of desktop computers: deploy, start, stop, even dynamically exchange exhibits, generic monitoring and custom health check with attached “repairing” actions. Hilbert is open source and a non-profit collaborative project by Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), ESO Supernova and IMAGINARY.
Outreach Manager
Creative communication of plant sciences and climate change. Our projects Climate Garden 2085 and Creative Camps enable artists, art educators and science communicators to collaborate on creating content for a garden exhibit on climate change, and workshops and holiday camps for children and youth. Many of the activities involve tinkering, as it is a proven method for creative science learning, and is ideal for engaging with plant sciences (our field) due to its concern with material processes. We would like to share some of our collaboration experiences including how to develop an evaluation framework for art-science activities that considers the value differences in the two disciplines.
I.C. Veldman - Project Leader Science LinX / University Groningen
Project Leader Science LinX
RE:charge is a touring science exhibition about your personal energy label within the dynamics of our energy transition towards renewables instead of fossil fuels. The exhibition is developed by the Energy Academy Europe and Science LinX, the science center of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Powered by local energy companies, scientists and society. With 26 interactives you’ll experience the ins and outs of this transition. Still touring we aim to RE:charge 100.000 visitors. In RE:charge you can RE:set your mindset to RE:shape your carbon footprint, RE:use, RE:cycle and RE:mix your energy flows. RE:charge touring science exhibition – Science LinX / Faculty of Science and Engineering / University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Physics director, curator
The Davidson Institute of science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science
The Davidson Institute of Science Education is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science. The Clore Garden of science is an outside interactive science park. Unique science exhibitions geared at bridging the gap between the frontier science research being performed on campus and the many visiting were developed in-house. Cooperation with communities situated off campus, which includes remote area villages and Israeli-Arab villages resulted in re-design of exhibitions presentation within the community. This further deepens the holistic approach of lifelong learning and a special understanding of the needs of the various segments of Israeli society.
Head os Science Program of Classes
Davidson Institue of Science Education
The Davidson Institute of Science Education is the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science. We believe in connecting people to science. We initiated a special X-Factor style science talent show, for participants from the academy and different fields of art. The competition took place during our annual Conference "Connecting people to science", in collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology and the UNU University. We looked for nominees from universities, art schools, science excellence programs and followers of science Facebook pages. We screened the best three nominees who excelled in creativity, science accuracy and the WOW factor.
Physics Outreach Officer
Leiden University
In a collaborative effort between university, artists, science museum and municipality, we decorate walls across the historic city center of Leiden, The Netherlands, with artistically painted formulas. Besides historical buildings, Leiden also has a rich history of scientific discoveries. But unlike churches or houses, discoveries are invisible to the unaware pedestrian. To fix this, we incorporate physics formulas within the historic center, all with a Leiden origin. The public will be caught off guard when they turn the corner and stumble upon a giant colorful wall formula. Not everyone will understand the mathematical symbols, but they will feel the intrinsic beauty of the formula as a whole, or at least experience an unexpected touch of science. Project website: http://muurformules.nl/
Carmen Fenollosa
Senior Project Manager
FIT4FOOD2030 is a recently launched H2020 project that aims to support the development and implementation of the European Union’s FOOD2030 policy, towards European food systems that are more sustainable, resilient, competitive and inclusive. The Communities of Practice developed under the project will use transformative learning processes to build competence among citizens and diverse stakeholders who are not currently actively integrated in decision-making on food and nutrition. 14 science centres and Science Shops will be involved as FIT4FOOD City Labs throughout the project’s lifespan and participants will learn about their activities and opportunities to collaborate.
Project Manager
NANO2ALL aims to engage different societal groups (citizens, researchers, industry, policy makers, civil society organizations and journalists) in discussing how nanotechnology can result in socially desirable solutions and products through Responsible Research and Innovation uptake (RRI). It will also debate how the involvement of the public and stakeholders can be increased, allowing such communities to contribute to shaping the future of these technologies. During the project showcase, NANO2ALL will share a fresh take on the perspectives of different stakeholders, gathered from three recent rounds of dialogues at the national and European levels. Those interested can find out more about this methodology and how use it in their own activities.
Suzana Filipecki Martins
Project Manager
In the Hypatia Project science centres and museums work together with schools, industries and academics to promote gender inclusive STEM education and communication. Funded by Horizon 2020, Hypatia developed a theoretical framework on gender inclusive STEM education and produced, test and it’s now implementing a toolkit with practical solutions and modules for schools, businesses and science centres and museums across Europe. The project also deliver the the campaign “Expect Everything” inspires teenagers all across Europe reflecting the spirit of STEM. During the pitch Suzana will introduce the project and make available a selection of tools developed so far by the Hypatia project.