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.
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.
‘Aquascience’ is a University of Manchester outreach event run by staff from the Faculty of Life Sciences. It is designed to introduce people to issues related to the pollution of lakes and rivers. Pollution of freshwaters is an important global issue and Aquascience is designed to bring this to the attention of both school children and the general public. This allows them to engage with research currently carried out at the University and to provide a teaching and learning service to schools.
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.
We aim to inspire and inform secondary school students seeking career opportunities in biomedical science and medicine via a coordinated and evolving set of programmes and resources (www.cardiff.ac.uk/medicine/push).
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.