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.
Since 1992, the University Lille 1 develops a cultural policy, dealing with the links between art, science and culture, and mobilizes the academic community along with educative, institutional and associative partners.
This policy results in :
The setting up of a place of reflection, exchange and debate : “l’Espace Culture”
Promotion of scientific culture
Preservation and promotion of the scientific academic heritage
Using traditional media as well as new technologies to reach a large audience
Dealing with all aspects of a subject in a consistent programming during a year
Sensitization to the most contemporary forms of arts
Supporting the amateur practice of arts, independent or supervised by professionals
Promoting the realization of associations’ projects
The “Espace Culture” is a 1500 square meters specific cultural complex , composed of 15 people, engaged in the cultural policy of the university. It is based in the core of the campus and opened freely to everyone.
Polling over the last decade has consistently shown immigration to be one of the five most important policy issues for the public in Britain, yet the quality of public debate on the subject has often been characterised by assertion rather than evidence, and simplistic readings of what evidence has been put forward.
Why: Scientific communication, understood as the process of public transmission and diffusion of scientific knowledge, holds a key place in the development of society. Campus Gutenberg is created under the convincement that succeeding in a knowledge society goes beyond just communicating scientific results. The communication system is experiencing a transformation in formats and channels which parallels the one in research, creating important challenges to producers and consumers of scientific information.
Thanks to the confluence of recent researches into the fields of Neurosciences, Phisiology, Biology, Physics, Cognitive Studies, radical changes have occurred in the traditional processes of western culture inherent in the acquisition and understanding of knowledge.
Humanities have taken part to the current transformation of epistemological paradigms as well. This is proved by the recent contributions of Neuroaesthetics, Cognitive Cultural Studies, Philosophy of Mind, Neurophenomenology, etc.
There are around 7,000 (mostly deliberate) grassfires in Wales each year which endanger lives and property; impact local businesses, tourism and the countryside; and destroy wildlife and forestry resources. Such deliberate fires cost South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) around £7m annually.
Every year in mid-February there is a national energy-saving campaign with initiatives highlighting ways of reducing waste and promoting clean energy. This is an account of what the University of Foggia did this year. The event was targeted at the widest possible audience. Using only light produced by riding a bicycle, there were readings from staff, students and members of the public. Excerpts from films, old and new, on environmental themes were shown. For 2013, the University Department that has saved the most electricity during 2012 will be awarded a prize. Various media were used to publicise the event which was promoted as an opportunity for reflection about energy saving. Data analysis was carried out by questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, and blogs. A Forum will be set up to further involve staff, students and the general public in designing future editions of the event. Media feedback has been uniformly positive.
For business competitiveness, innovation is one of the most significant factors for the development of new products, processes or services. In this sense, intellectual capital plays an important role in promoting the innovation culture by transferring the knowledge generated at the university into the business sector.
In order to benefit from the opportunities of the knowledge emerging from the university, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna together with the two Canary University Foundations launched the Innovation Dynamization Programme as a means to promote knowledge and technology transfer from universities to companies, as well as to build the innovation culture in the Canary Islands. After several editions, the need to bring this initiative to all the islands' society was identified. Thus, an ambitious training project was designed, with a greater degree of specialization, which could reach a greater number of profiles, in the islands’ society. This idea gave birth to the IInnovation Management Training Program, which aims to train specialists on innovation, so as to constitute a fundamental support for knowledge and technology transfer from the universities to business sector.
The Leadership Institute for Communities is an annual membership scheme which aims to develop and enhance the leadership, professional skills and the capacity of local people who work throughout the regions diverse communities. It does this by empowering them through discourse, learning, practical workshops and sharing best practice. Developed by the University of Bradford as a response to an identified gap in the District this scheme provides a professional network that is focused on leadership learning and development rather than business to business sales.