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.
Secondary School teachers are the key to increase the scientific level of young people. The activities developed in the last two years show that researchers and teachers collaboration can lead to design new outreach activities and have shown the importance of defining particular activities to improve teachers training.
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.
Clarity of purpose: The SHARE with Schools project (SwS) brings together three overarching objectives in line with Welsh Government and Cardiff University’s strategic objectives: these are widening access to university, meaningful/participatory community engagement and the development of employability skills for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The project was established in January 2011 and has been developed and trialed by a highly capable team of paid SHARE postgraduate students.
Community Enterprise activities at the University of Bradford are designed to empower and build the capacity of its local communities through the range of enterprise development programme. The activities act as a vehicle for meaningful university-community interactions and are excellent examples of how a University can contribute to the social well being and economic development of a locality, and in turn offer high quality skills and knowledge provision that engages and stimulates its local communities.
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.
Dr. Joanne Tippett launched Ketso as a social enterprise emanating from her research into community planning and ecological design at the University of Manchester. Ketso is a colourful, hands-on toolkit for creative engagement. This re-useable toolkit enables people with differing levels of confidence and ability to engage with each other and share ideas.
Dr. Tippett’s development of Ketso was driven by one clear aim: to enable all voices to be heard in a stimulating and creative dialogue.
The project “Il Linguaggio della Ricerca (LdR)” (The Language of Research) is promoted by research scientists of the Bologna Research Area of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and by the National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF), both of them active within the framework of several scientific disciplines. This project is active since 2003 and has grown over the years with new research scientists, new teachers, and hundreds of high schools students (14-19 years) (see LdR-history).