ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public. Join our sessions to explore the secrets of a number of successful Nordic science communication initiatives and have your say in an interactive roundtable session on digital media.
Has digital media changed how people feel about science? 12 July 10:15-11:30
The media landscape has shifted with the proliferation of new digital technologies and disintegration of mainstream media. The internet has changed the way people look for, find and consume information. Open science is opening up new opportunities and changing the way information is shared and communicated. And citizens are also becoming actively encouraged to participate in and contribute to the research process.
But have these trends changed the impact of science communication? Is there evidence that new technologies have resulted in a society that has a different attitude to science? What are the opportunities to open up science using digital media?” What are the barriers and limitations of using digital technologies to communicate science?”
This highly interactive session offers everyone involved in science communication an opportunity to share their experiences and views in smaller groups and using a digital voting system. The aim is to provide new perspectives and inspiration and a snapshot of the impact that new forms of science communication are having around Europe.
The session is led by Gail Cardew, Professor of Science, Culture and Society, and Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Representatives from 10 science communication organisations from around Europe will facilitate the roundtable discussions:
- Sander Kask, Science Centre AHHAA Foundation, Estonia
- Giuseppe Pellegrini, Observa Science in Society, Italy
- Aleksandra Drecun, Intersection – Center for Science and Innovation, Serbia
- Camilla Modéer, EuroScience
- Enrico Balli, Sissa Medialab, Italy
- Philipp Burkard, Science et Cité, Switzerland
- Markus Weißkopt, Wissenschaft im Dialog, Germany
- Cissi Askwall, VA (Public & Science), Sweden
- Liina Hultgren, Royal Institution of Great Britain
- Katerina Kaouri, Scico Cyprus
The session is organised by VA and the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
NextGen SciComm – digital tales from the Nordics – ESOF 2018 13 July, 17:00-18:15
Digital technologies are increasingly being used for science communication and engagement. But what makes a good digital science communication initiative? Can successful campaigns be achieved on small budgets? How do you engage, educate and entertain all at the same time?
This session at ESOF 2018 in Toulouse will explore the secrets of a number of successful Nordic science communication initiatives that utilise digital tools. It will look at and discuss factors such as the importance of cross-media approaches, partnerships, gender awareness and sustainability.
- Rocket69 – An award-winning Estonian educational science TV contest for young people, in which contestants solve practical STEM- related assignments. The show is supported by a cross-media approach and has developed into a STEM teaching method.
- DIT-Heureka, a Finnish co-creation environment for start-ups to create digital learning applications for STEM together with school pupils and science centre visitors.
- Treasure for the Future, the University of Iceland’s most successful science communication campaign to date, featuring a TV series showcasing the diverse research activity at the university supported by cross-channel online and media activity.
- The News Evaluator, a Swedish digital tool designed to teach young people a research-based approach to source-criticism, while providing researchers with unique data using a citizen science approach.
- The Project Databank is an open access project aimed at making information about projects funded by the Research Council of Norway publicly available in a highly visual format.
Featuring contributions from:
- Terje Tuisk – Estonian Research Council, Estonia
- Leenu Juurola – Heureka Science Centre, Finland
- Adalheidur Jónsdóttir, Rannís, The Icelandic Centre for Research, Iceland
- Helen Garrison – VA (Public & Science), Sweden
- Thomas Evensen – Research Council of Norway
Other ESOF 2018 events
VA colleagues are also participating in four additional sessions:
Tuesday 10 July at 13:30 – 14:45
Trusting science: public attitudes in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland
Organised by Wissenschaft im Dialog
Wednesday 11 July at 17:00 – 18:15
Responsible Science Communications for better informed citizens
Organised by Elsevier
Thursday 12 July at 17:00 – 18:15
Scicomm researchers and science communicators – bridging the divide
Organised by the Swedish Research Council
Friday 12 July at 13:30 – 14:45
How can public opinion shape the future of genome editing? Why, how, what and when? An experiment in Open Science
The ORION project is also organising a workshop on
Does Open Science Improve Your Career Prospects? Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Open Science on Thursday 12 July at 10:15-11:30
For more details about this workshop see the ORION website.
More about ESOF
ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum) is the largest interdisciplinary science meeting in Europe. It is dedicated to scientific research and innovation and offers a unique framework for interaction and debate for scientists, innovators, policy makers, business people and the general public. Created in 2004 by EuroScience, this biennial European forum brings together over 4,000 researchers, educators, business actors, policy makers and journalists from all over the world to discuss breakthroughs in science. More than 40% of the participants are students and young researchers.