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Peter Rebernik: Science Festivals - dialogue person to person

Scientix European Conference, 6-8 May 2011, Brussels

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  1. 1. Peter Rebernik Science Festivals
  2. 2. What – in this European world – is a science festival?
  3. 4. Was Mozart a famous PAINTER? A renowned particle physicist? Marylin Monroe? And who is Tut-ench-Amon?
  4. 5. Peter Rebernik Is an electron bigger or smaller than an atom? When is the earth closer to the sun? In summer or in winter?
  5. 6. About what did you talk last Sunday with your family, friends, relatives Colleagues etc.? About sports, fashion, cooking, cars…? Or did you talk about sulphuric acid, protons, pharaohs, Darwin, carcharodon
  6. 9. Project Wonders Exchange of festivals
  7. 11. 2WAYS Two Ways for Communicating European Research in Life Sciences in Science Festivals & Science Centres/Museums, Science Parliaments and Impact Survey under the Topic: “ Life Sciences – Opportunities and Threats” 30 Partners, each 2 develop presentation for their festival about modern research in life sciences each one local „science parliament“, each one „impact study“ – then FINALS in Brussels, European Parliament, Natural History Museum
  8. 12. European Science Events Association [EUSCEA pronounced as “you see”] Peter Rebernik , General Secretary Vienna, Austria [email_address]
  9. 13. We talk science with the citizens!
  10. 14. Members in: Abu Dhabi, Austria , Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United Kingdom … in 36 countries
  11. 15. Type of members (all organise science events): State government, ministries, chamber (BE, EL, IE, NO) City Government (DE, ES, SE) Research Council (ES, IS, MT, NO, SE) Scientific Organisation, Academy of Science (BE, BG, CZ, FI, IT) University (CH, FI, FR, IS, IT, LV, PL, PT, RO, RU) Museum (BE, DE, HU, IL, LU, NL) Non-profit Associations (BE,CH,CY,DE,DK,EE,ES,FI,FR,IE,IT,LT,PL,PT,SE,SI,UA, UK) Small Enterprises (AT, CZ, EL, HU, RO, SE)
  12. 16. What is a science festival? <ul><li>A modern, </li></ul><ul><li>interactive, </li></ul><ul><li>personal & engaged, </li></ul><ul><li>two-way communication </li></ul><ul><li>method for science communication – always contact with PERSONS! </li></ul>
  13. 17. What is a science festival? <ul><li>Festivals reach new audiences for interest in science – </li></ul><ul><li>festivals go out TO the people </li></ul><ul><li>also special events for migration, disabled, social groups… </li></ul>
  14. 18. What is a science festival? <ul><li>The events are organised mostly in places unusual for science, </li></ul><ul><li>like railway stations, </li></ul><ul><li>public places, in shopping malls, </li></ul><ul><li>churches, museums, light houses </li></ul><ul><li>in tents, in parks, at the seaside </li></ul>
  15. 19. What is a science festival? <ul><li>A platform for dialogue of the public with the scientists </li></ul><ul><li>about scientific issues of importance for society – </li></ul><ul><li>with “concerned” scientists as “partners” </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>Festivals take place every year for several days – </li></ul><ul><li>in every country of the EU (and many other countries) – </li></ul><ul><li>with great media impact and </li></ul><ul><li>large & NEW audiences </li></ul><ul><li>[Estimation: per year > 20 million] </li></ul>What is a science festival?
  17. 21. <ul><li>Events are presented mainly by scientists, by students, TEACHERS, sometimes pupils, even actors – </li></ul><ul><li>in many different ways </li></ul><ul><li>from lectures to experiments, theatre performances, science cafés, dialogue games (science parliaments, DECIDE), from workshops to camps outside, and guided tours, science taxi… </li></ul>What is a science festival?
  18. 23. <ul><li>Examples : </li></ul><ul><li>DE: Rust in the Europapark </li></ul><ul><li>UK: Edinburgh – the first big science festival </li></ul><ul><li>SE: Gothenburg within city administration </li></ul><ul><li>IT: Genua (young) and Perugia (fortress) </li></ul><ul><li>ES: Madrid (fair) und Barcelona (region) </li></ul><ul><li>PL: Wroclaw (Religion), Warschau (Picknick) +Kielce, Torun, Nysa, Kraków </li></ul><ul><li>SI: Ljubljana (Museum of Modern Art) </li></ul><ul><li>EE: Tartu (Agency  Science Center) </li></ul><ul><li>LV: Kaunas und Vilnius </li></ul><ul><li>FR: Paris (banlieue) </li></ul><ul><li>IL: Jerusalem </li></ul>
  19. 28. <ul><li>Festivals consists of many presentations </li></ul><ul><li>in a city, like Genoa, Göteborg </li></ul><ul><li>in a region, like Catalan around Barcelona </li></ul><ul><li>in a country, like Denmark, UK </li></ul><ul><li>with thousands of presentations </li></ul>What is a science festival?
  20. 29. <ul><li>Festivals deal with different kinds of science (taught at European universities): </li></ul><ul><li>natural sciences and technology (STEM), </li></ul><ul><li>humanities and sociology – </li></ul><ul><li>discuss the role of politics, of law, of the media, of the education system, of religion – and </li></ul><ul><li>listen to the communities </li></ul>What is a science festival?
  21. 30. <ul><li>Festival presentations for specific target groups </li></ul><ul><li>from kindergarten to seniors, </li></ul><ul><li>from special interest groups (health, economy, sport, law, gender, fire brigade, cyclists, gardeners) </li></ul><ul><li>to journalists, policy makers, managers </li></ul><ul><li>special pre-programmes for teachers </li></ul>What is a science festival?
  22. 31. <ul><li>Cooperation with many other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>e.g.: universities and schools, </li></ul><ul><li>NGOs, </li></ul><ul><li>museums, </li></ul><ul><li>media, </li></ul><ul><li>research centres, </li></ul><ul><li>city marketing and administration </li></ul>What is a science festival?
  23. 32. We, EUSCEA , work for the EUROPEAN DIMENSION of science festivals for European collaboration of science communication stakeholders Science festivals?
  24. 33. <ul><li>Meeting place for old/new organisers of science festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Networking between stakeholders of science festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange of professional information and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Distribution of models for best-practice </li></ul><ul><li>Finding new ways for communication, new target groups </li></ul><ul><li>Assisting in improving quality and professionalism </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing the European dimension </li></ul>Objectives, Tasks of EUSCEA
  25. 34. New festivals <ul><li>Motivate new festivals , e.g.: </li></ul><ul><li>Croatia, Serbia </li></ul><ul><li>Lithuania (with Vilnius and Kaunas) </li></ul><ul><li>Latvia (Riga, Daugavpils) </li></ul><ul><li>Estonia (AHHAA in Tartu) </li></ul><ul><li>Moscow (State University), now Novosibirsk </li></ul><ul><li>Murcia, Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Hungary (palace of Miracles) </li></ul><ul><li>Ukraine </li></ul>
  26. 35. <ul><li>2001: Started with 26 member organisations </li></ul><ul><li>2010: 100 member organisation </li></ul><ul><li>from 36 states (including EU) </li></ul><ul><li>Ten EUSCEA Annual Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>[AT, DE, PL, IT, ES, IS, PT, CZ, IT, DE, next in Gothenburg, SE on 13/14 May 2011] </li></ul><ul><li>EUSCEA SEMINAR on organising festivals </li></ul>Facts
  27. 36. <ul><li>First EU project EUSCE/X – analysing European science festivals; result: WHITE BOOK on science festivals </li></ul><ul><li>EU project WONDERS 2006 with 21 Carousel Events; Launch in Vienna, Finals in Helsinki + ECSITE, EUSJA </li></ul><ul><li>[BE, CH, DE, DK, ES, FR, FI, IL, IT, LT, LU, NL, NO, PL, PT, SE, SI, UK] </li></ul><ul><li>EU project WONDERS 2007 with 31 Carousel Events; Launch in Berlin, Finals in Lisbon + EUN, EUSJA </li></ul><ul><li>[BE, BG, CZ, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FR, HU, IE, IL, IS, IT, LU, LV, NO, PL, PT, RO, RU, SE, SI, UK] </li></ul><ul><li>EU project 2WAYS with 7 consortium members and 30 Partners </li></ul><ul><li>[AT, BE, BG, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, IE, IL, IT, LV, PL, PT, SE, UK] </li></ul>Special Activities
  28. 37. Special Activities Participations at various festivals and conferences: >> 6 times participating at the Korean Science Festival; >> Communicating European Research in Brussels , >> ESOF Stockholm, Munich and Barcelona, >> EU presidency (e.g. Grand Palais, Paris), >> PCST in South Africa, in Göteborg/Copenhagen, Malmö >> Science Festival in Beijing, AAAS in the US etc.
  29. 38. S E M I N A R Peter Rebernik “ Now, YOU can tell me what you think about science festivals!”
  30. 40. THANK you for listening – and visit our festivals Peter Rebernik,