NextGen SciComm – digital tales from the Nordics – ESOF 2018

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13 jul 2018

Pierre Baudis Congress Centre

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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

The session is organised by VA and the Research Council of Norway. For more information please contact Helen Garrison.

More information

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.

Other ESOF 2018 events

VA is also organising:

Thursday 12 July at 10:15 – 11:30

Has digital media changed how people feel about science?

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

Organised by the ORION Open Science EU-project. For more details about the session see the ORION website.

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.

View the whole ESOF programme.

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