TU9 is the network of the leading Institutes of Technology in Germany: RWTH Aachen, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), TU München, Universität Stuttgart.
The statutory role of TU9 is to “support young scientists and students, particularly through joint (...) international projects such as information about studying engineering and natural science (...)”
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.
This project brings to the desktop of any user real time views of the celestial sphere by means of an All-sky camera connected to an internet server. The camera and server are located at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Jaén (Spain). They work in a continuous and autonomous way since 2010 without human assistance for most of the time. The dedicated web-page includes custom software that allows the user to also view: a computer-generated star map for direct comparison with real sky; videos of the previous 2h and 24h; mitigation of the severe effects of light pollution, etc. Among other uses, the system presented here has been specially well suited for: outreach activities in Astronomy; as a teaching tool addressed to broad audiences; as a way to increase the public awareness about light pollution and its environmental effects; as a contribution to professional meteor and fireball research.
Health and Culture
At the University of Manchester, The Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery has pioneered new methods of engaging with the public through their Health and Culture programme . The development of a partnership with Manchester Schools Hospital and Home Teaching Service, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust enabled the delivery of a series of collaborative activities and programmes that led to practical benefits for all involved.
Objectives and Goals
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.
The UK Schools Computer Animation Competition aims to excite school students aged 7-19 about Computer Science, and to encourage more of the brightest and best of the next generation to become not just users of computers, but creators of the future of Computer Science and Information Technology. The competition has run annually since 2008, and to date (March 2012) we have attracted over 3,000 competition entries from more than 5,000 school students from over 600 schools across the UK, representing an involvement by over 1,200 teachers.
The chemistry community of the University of Turin (Italy) has seen an opportunity in the International Year of Chemistry to try an experiment in science communication specifically focused on chemical sciences.
Chemistry fills quite a negative place in the collective imagination as it is often associated with environmental damages, pollution, toxic substances, etc. Common people rarely realize that chemistry plays a role in every aspect of daily life, somehow or other, and that a life without chemistry would not be possible.