Newsletter 1
October 2007

Upcoming Events
European News
FOCUS: Science Event
FOCUS: Best Practice






You are 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.

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7th Annual Conference in Portugal


In the 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 way.

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.


The Way Forward


For some 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.”

New Treasurer


The last 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.

New Membership Fee


During 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.







WONDERS07 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 March 2007:

  • Budapest (TIT) presented astronomy in the streets of Nottingham – and was visited by our FCRI from Barcelona (about Gaudí, of course!)
  • the Irish organisation Forfás showed nanotechnology in Madrid
  • Moscow State University brought “7200 seconds” of Russian science
  • the Romanians showed biotechnology in Seville
  • the Bulgarian partner went to Essen in Germany with the language of frogs

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.

WONDERS07 - Finals


All 31 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:

  • All interactive “Carousel” presentations will be developed by two Carousel Partners together with the scientists.
  • The selected and presented science projects are projects, which have been selected and financed by the European Commission.
  • All 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.


Upcoming Events




Belgium, 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.


European News



New Magazine


For 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.


FOCUS: Science Event



Norwegian Science Week


The 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 country.

Contact: Anne Riiser, Tel: +47 22 03 74 11,





FOCUS: Best Practice



Science Cafés in Switzerland


Science 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:






European Science Events Association

DI Peter Rebernik, General Secretary & Coordinator

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