now reading the new EUSCEA Newsletter. Now out with the first issue full of
WONDERS and other wonders! The Newsletter will be issued four times a year
from now on.
If you want to make a contribution to the next newsletter please send us a
brief text, a picture, a logo – if available, and a link where interested
readers can find more information on that particular topic. It should be
sent to EUSCEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
middle of June this year, almost 40 enthusiastic science event people from
all over Europe met in the cosy town of Tavira situated on the West coast
of Algarve in Portugal. The programme of the annual conference contained
workshops and lectures about topics like "Target Groups" and
"The Future of EUSCEA" as well as the general assembly was held
at the same time. Ms. Ana Noronha from the Portugeese science event
organization Ciencia Viva, organised the conference in a very professional
Annette Smith, president of EUSCEA, says: ”I hope that those of you who
came to the Annual Conference in Tavira, Portugal enjoyed your time there
and felt, as I did, that it was a valuable experience – as ever, the chance
to talk about science events with other people who do the same as yourself
is incredibly useful – and lots of fun!”
The 8th Annual Conference will be taking place in Prague, in the Czech Republic, 2008.
Check out the pictures from the meeting.
time, the Board, the members, and the project groups for WONDERS have been
discussing the way forward for EUSCEA. We are very successful as an
informal network of colleagues, with well over 60 member organizations.
However we have to take our responsibilities to our membership seriously.
We have a unique group of members – an asset consisting of a collective
experience and numerous contacts which others might find very useful.
At the Annual Conference there was a session about the future of EUSCEA
with some good discussions about 1) supporting new members, 2) sharing best
practise, 3) raising the profile of EUSCEA in Europe, 4) funding (of
course) and 5) going global. Annette Smith, president of EUSCEA says ”The
EUSCEA board will be taking these ideas forward – in the context of the EU
decision on our latest proposal – in the next few months. We start by
meeting in Prague at the end of
September where we will be discussing the format and content of the next
Annual Conference among other things. So please let us know of any ideas or
requests that you may have for us.”
General Assembly had to elect a new treasurer, since the former treasurer,
our good friend Aleksandra Kubicz, retired. The new elected treasurer is
Herbert Münder from Wissenschaft-im-Dialog in Berlin, who was also
the host of the Launch Conference of WONDERS07.
the General Assembly, the new membership fee was decided: 250 ˆ for those
institutions with a budget below 250.000 ˆ (for science communication,
including personnel) and 350 ˆ for those with a budget above this limit.
Institutions with a lower budget can apply for reductions. Please contact
the board for more information.
is well under way. The first 7 Carousel Events happened successfully during
the first 6 months of 2007.
We have greeted five newcomers to this European Science Festival since
(TIT) presented astronomy in the streets of Nottingham – and was visited by our
FCRI from Barcelona (about Gaudí, of
Irish organisation Forfás showed nanotechnology in Madrid
- Moscow State University brought “7200 seconds” of
Romanians showed biotechnology in Seville
Bulgarian partner went to Essen in Germany with the language of
Reports from the WONDERS Carousel Partners can be downloaded here.
Reports from the first 6 months for WONDERS 2007 can be downloaded here.
For more details check the WONDERS homepage.
Carousel Events of the European Science Festival, which have been shown
this year, will be presented again at the Finals in Lisbon, Portugal. Lisbon will be the host
of the European Day of Scientific Culture. The Carousel events will compete
together with all the other projects of the European Commission for the
European Science Week.
A special jury will judge the presentations to find those presentations
with the a)best ideas, the b)greatest engagement, and c)the newest science.
The audience will also be invited to visit the Pavilhão do
Conhecimento (the Pavillion of Knowledge) in Lisbon and to vote for
their favourite presentation. All these four awards will be handed over to
the winning teams in the great finals.
Remember to register for the WONDERS07 Finals in Lisbon, Portugal. The Finals will
start on November 23 and end on November
25, 2007. Read more and post questions on the WONDERS homepage.
EUSCEA has submitted a proposal for a new project,
called WONDERS++, to the European Commission.
This project is similar to the last and current WONDERS activities except
on three points:
interactive “Carousel” presentations will be developed by two Carousel
Partners together with the scientists.
selected and presented science projects are projects, which have been
selected and financed by the European Commission.
projects are shown in a “live exhibition” at the end of the project,
and exhibition, which can travel to many other places afterwards.
The first round of experts have already judged the project.
The EUSCEA members will be informed in time about new developments.
20-10-07: Flemish Science Week
Italy, 25-10-07: Genoa Science Festival
Czech Republic, 05-11-07: Science and Technology Week
Norway, 07-11-07: The Technology Days in Kongsberg
Spain, 09-11-07: 12a Setmana de la Ciència
Greece, 09-11-07: Discovery Field Trips
Ireland, 11-11-07: Science Week Ireland
Ireland, 12-11-07: Science Week
Portugal, 19-11-07: Science & Technology Week
Italy, 30-11-07: Junge Forscher gesucht!
Find the complete list of upcoming events at the homepage of EUSCEA and the homepage of WONDERS.
those of us following what is happening within the European Union, the
RTD-info has been a companion for almost ten years. But now a new magazine
has taken its place; research*eu is the name. The new magazine has got a
new design and more pages – but the objectives are the same:
- to be a European Research Area magazine, and
- to serve as a bridge between science and society
Research*eu is written by independent professional journalists, which aims
to broaden the democratic debate between science and society. It is
published with ten issues per year. research*eu is edited by the
Communication Unit of the European Commission’s DG Research, with Michel
Claessens as editor-in-chief.
Research*eu is available in four different languages, besides English also
French, German and Spanish.
The English online version is found at Research*eu´s homepage.
The paper version of research*eu can be obtained – for free – by filling
out the online form.
Norwegian Science Week begins September 21. It is a national event that
presents all types of research and scientific topics.
This year, the science week focuses on The International Polar Year (IPY)
and globalisation. Activities include presentations of new research
projects participating in IPY and historic glimpses of polar heroes such as
Nansen and Amundsen. Other activities are: Science fairs in major cities,
stand-up scientists in pubs, science cafes, school projects, science busses
and ships, lectures, discussions, open houses, theatre and musical
performances. There are more than 1000 activities taking place all over the
Contact: Anne Riiser, Tel: +47 22 03 74 11, E-mail:email@example.com.
Cafés in Switzerland have a relatively long tradition. Since the
first Café scientifique started in Geneva in March 1999, others
followed rather quickly in almost all University towns. Typically, a
Science Café takes place in a venue outside a university – mainly in
public halls, restaurants, tea rooms, or book shops.
The topics of the debates range from aggressive dogs, democracy in danger,
beauty at every price, risings rivers, from stem cells to
xenotransplantations; a variety of topic that represents something for all.
There is almost no topic of general interest which has not been discussed..
The experts, who discuss with the audience, are researchers, economists,
consumers, philosophers, journalists and other public persons.
Professionally animated is one way to describe the atmosphere of the
discussions. Occasionally they may seem chaotic, but they are always very
lively and offers a picture of what the general public expect of experts
and especially of scientists.
Together with the local university or another institution, most of the
Science Cafés (or Science Bars, Science Lounges etc.) are either
initiated, co-financed or even organized by Science et Cité, the
national agency for the Dialogue between Science and Society.
Read more at the homepage of
Science et Cité (in german). Contact: Elisabeth Veya,
Tel: +41 31 313 19 19, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.