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VOICES Public Event Slovenia

22 November 2013
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Wasteologies! Come and join the House of Experiments, the Slovenian “hands-on” Science Centre, in Gimnazija Ledina secondary school and on the streets of beautiful Ljubljana city centre, to get involved in the dissemination of the VOICES outcomes and look at ways urban waste can be used as a resource in Slovenia.


Conference/workshops: Open doors at the House of Experiments
At the Hiša eksperimentov “open doors” day, join the Science Tea (a Cafe Scientifique, only with tea and biscuits) to discuss with local authorities, government and ecological societies about the issues that emerged in VOICES focus groups. You can also try out a range of workshops, including a special science show “Doubtology”, lectures, and different types of presentation of the VOICES project. Visitors will be invited to discuss their concerns on the waste problem with a virtual puppet, and on videos which will be posted on YouTube. And to celebrate the VOICES public event, Hiša will launch a new “hands-on experiment” on the topic of recycling. A company dealing with waste upsizing (using waste as a raw material) will also hold a workshop during the day. A well-known Slovenian ecological society will also take part.

Exhibition: Facts about Waste
A grand outdoor exhibition on one of Ljubljana’s iconic centrat streets will engage passers-by. How does the waste problem manifest itself in Slovenia? And what can be done about it?

Film screening: Plastik Fantastik
Plastik Fantastik is a film by a Slovenian scavenger, looking at how we deal with waste in Slovenia. This thought-provoking film will change the way you look at the waste you throw away.

Workshop: Recycling Tricycle
On Trubarjeva Street, passers-by will also have the chance to stumble upon a mobile recycling workshop. People will be invited to try out creative reuse and recycling techniques right there on the street, and even take home their creations. A company dealing with waste upsizing (using waste as a raw material) will also hold a workshop on the street during the day. A well- known Slovenian ecological society will also hold a workshop.

Competition/debate: Urban waste and innovation
No future problem can be solved unless the youngest generations are on board. Gimnazija Ledina secondary school will host a competition for primary schools on the topic of “Urban waste and innovation” and host a grand debate for secondary school students on the same topic. The debate will be open for the public and filmed.


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VOICES was a ground-breaking consultation, using the opinions of people across the EU to shape the future of European research. 1,000 citizens participated in focus groups run by Ecsite members, expressing their hopes, fears, concerns and ideas on the theme of urban waste. The results of this consultation have directly informed policy, as they were fed into several research calls for the EU Horizon 2020 funding programme.