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.
Researchers´ Night in Madrid 2011 is a project which involves the main Universities and Research Centres in the Region as well as two National Scientific Associations within the framework of the European Researchers´ Night. University of Alcalá submit to European Competition for Best Innovations in University Outreach and Public Engagement the activities specially programmed for this project, which aims at bringing the researchers
Il Laboratorio di Bhaskara: la Matematica incontra la Città (literally: Bhaskara's Laboratory: Mathematics meets the City) is a tour of a mathematical exhibition on perspective and vision, made in such a way that it can disassembled and put in a big box (12 kg), so that it can easily travel by car. In each town, a University leader helped one (or more) high school teachers to organize an exhibition, in various and sometimes inusual locations, involving their students as guide for the public. They had to previously learn the mathematical content of the exhbit, so that the project had didactic relevance (for the participating schools) and also a more general impact for the large amount of visiting public.
The project (still open and travelling) involved (till now) about 20 teachers, 200 students, and an extimated public of 5000 people, and had a great visibility through the local media.
In 1960 Theodore Maiman succeeded in the first experimental demonstration of the laser. Fifty years later it is difficult to figure out a scientific discipline that does not involve a laser or a day without any laser-based devices. The aim of this project was the development of an outreach book about lasers to increase the interest for science among students and the general public. Two thousand copies were distributed in universities, schools and libraries and now it is available to be freely downloaded.
In Spain, it is well known that secondary school students’ motivation to study Science (especially Mathematics) is not very strong. This is a common problem to almost all Europe. Spanish and Andalusian governments have general policies on education to promote the study of Science. They are necessary and convenient. However, we think that local actions in the students’ environment, which supplement these policies, are also needed.
Mathematics is often perceived as a dull, uninteresting and unpopular subject. It is socially acceptable to say in public that one is 'no good' at mathematics, and the subject is often undervalued or disparaged in the media by public figures.
Many existing initiatives aim to improve the public image of mathematics in schools, through teaching and in the media. However, the majority of the population is not 'reached' by books, mathematics lectures and programmes on elite radio stations and TV channels.
ES4FUN is a Physics-driven innovation platform with the aim of spreading both universal scientific phenomena and concepts in game context, with research high-tech and video+audio clip support. The organized events have multitudinary character, scientific-party-disco atmosphere, and active participation of all the attendants in their results.