Centre of the Cell is a £4 million biomedical science centre; educational website and outreach project aimed at children and young people aged 9 to 19, families and youth and community groups. The Centre of the Cell 'Pod' (resembling a 16 cell human embryo) is dramatically suspended above the laboratories and provides young people with a unique interactive insight into what scientists do and how their work influences real life. Centre of the Cell's Director, Professor Fran Balkwill OBE FMedSci, is a leading cancer researcher and science communication expert.
Bright Club is a series of events where academics perform stand-up comedy about their research in a professional comedy venue to an audience beyond the usual suspects. Full details of the project are available at www.brightclub.org
Traditionally, sciSCREEN-type public engagement events have used cinema’s back catalogue to discuss one, usually ‘hard’ science, aspect of an explicitly science orientated film. By contrast, Cardiff sciSCREEN uses new release films from a range of genres, allowing us to use the existing publicity and public awareness to build an interest in the sciSCREEN event and attract a wider audience. Rather than merely dissecting the ‘hard’ science on show, Cardiff sciSCREEN draws on academic expertise from a wide range of disciplines to encourage critical thinking about science, society, and film.
The Researchers’ Night is an event promoted and financed by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme and by local Foundations.
It takes place every year (since 2006) on the last Friday of September simultaneously in hundreds of European cities (in Piedmont, from 3 in 2006 to 8 in 2011).
2012 will be the 7th edition of the Researchers’ Night in Torino and Piedmont. This year will cover also another region: the Aosta Valley.
The 'Seeking Perfection' project was set up to explore human enhancement - which provides a rich vein for public engagement, exploring issues such as boosting athletic performance, taking stimulant drugs to improve memory and using plastic surgery. The project was led by The University of Manchester, Nowgen, Contact Theatre and the Manchester Science Festival and this unique collaboration was successful in sparking the curiosity of young minds around aspects of biomedical research. The creative approaches used made this a distinctive and innovative project.
A key strategic aim at St George's, University of London (SGUL) is to encourage fair access to medicine and healthcare careers, regardless of social background. To ensure this we undertake programmes aimed at increasing awareness, boosting aspiration and raising attainment among students from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise consider Higher Education (HE). The students we work with are the NHS employees of tomorrow, and as such we are keen to ensure that the workforce we train is truly representative of the communities it will serve.
UNIG∑NIOS is an innovative initiative that is completely in keeping with the ideals extolled by the University of Oviedo, designed to disseminate and encourage an understanding of science throughout society, and especially in relation to the youth of today. Its ultimate aim is to encourage direct interaction between the main players in science (researchers) and the students of today, who will be the scientists of tomorrow.
Science and technology have an important role in modern life. More and more often people demand to be involved and not just informed about scientific topics and the general consensus is that (young) researchers are the best carriers towards this goal. For several years many European countries have been testing new deliberative democracy instruments, especially through public debates. Active Science applies the same methodology to project recipients and objectives.