In 2009 we developed a pilot project funded by the University of Girona (Spain), combining Educational Innovation and Development Cooperation, which was held at Shanti Bhavan, a rural school in South India.
Project based activities are a good way to expose secondary school students to more science and math at earlier grades. In the last few years has been a decrease of enrolment for engineering programs in Spain. For this reason, the University of Girona (UdG), the Social Council of UdG and the Catalan Government started initiatives, with the aim of increasing the interest of students for technology and promote engineering skills, capabilities and values. These institutions support and promote scientific and technological activities of recreational nature that are attractive for students.
The Jean Monnet Information and Research Activity on EU Foreign Policy and DEMocracy Promotion in the Mediterranean area (EUDEM) – coordinated by prof. Stefania Panebianco - was funded by the LLP of the European Commission and carried out by the University of Catania. The project appeared to timely grasp the winds of democratic change blowing in the Mediterranean area. Even if the research topic was identified in January 2010, it became even more relevant in 2011, when popular uprisings took place in many Arab countries.
The Sex and History project, which is part of Sexual Knowledge, Sexual History at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History, draws upon the world-leading research of Dr Rebecca Langlands and Professor Kate Fisher to meet the need for effective sex and relationship education. It empowers young people to discuss pressing contemporary issues in a supportive environment. At its heart is a methodology that uses historical objects from past cultures such as ancient Rome or China as a springboard for discussion, debate and creative responses.
The Centre for Creative Collaboration "C4CC" brings together leading researchers from London’s universities, creative industry practitioners and freelancers, SMEs and students, and delivers a proven neutral environment based on the principles of open innovation. New collaborative projects are conceived, developed, delivered and disseminated.
The Periodic Table of Videos (PTOV) and Sixty Symbols (SS) are a collaborative effort between video journalist Brady Haran and the School of Chemistry and School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. Our two collections of several hundred short videos on scientific topics are hosted on YouTube and are available through our dedicated websites. The twochannels have gained an enthusiastic global audience with over 29 million total video views. Though the initial goals of the projects were to produce one video for each element in the Periodic Table (PTOV) and 60 videos about the symbols used in physics and astronomy (SS), both projects have instead responded to a tide of viewer enthusiasm to evolve into ongoing projects far beyond their original scope.
Clarity of purpose: Summer Scientist Week (www.summerscientist.org) was set up in 2007 to give the public an insight into real psychological research. The aims of the project are to i) stimulate interest and excitement in how the mind and brain works, and ii) support informal learning about the research process and research outcomes in the fields of psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
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.