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.
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
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.
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.
For business competitiveness, innovation is one of the most significant factors for the development of new products, processes or services. In this sense, intellectual capital plays an important role in promoting the innovation culture by transferring the knowledge generated at the university into the business sector.
In order to benefit from the opportunities of the knowledge emerging from the university, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of La Laguna together with the two Canary University Foundations launched the Innovation Dynamization Programme as a means to promote knowledge and technology transfer from universities to companies, as well as to build the innovation culture in the Canary Islands. After several editions, the need to bring this initiative to all the islands' society was identified. Thus, an ambitious training project was designed, with a greater degree of specialization, which could reach a greater number of profiles, in the islands’ society. This idea gave birth to the IInnovation Management Training Program, which aims to train specialists on innovation, so as to constitute a fundamental support for knowledge and technology transfer from the universities to business sector.
Our hands-on activity aims to convey that cutting-edge science is often hidden in plain sight, and accessible to people of all age groups and backgrounds. This is exemplified nowhere better than with Graphene, the world’s first two dimensional material, which was considered not to exist in a stable form. Graphene was first isolated only in 2004 by Manchester scientists Geim and Novoselov who were awarded the Nobel Prize for their efforts. Our activity allows just about anyone to make their own graphene with nothing more than a piece of graphite (pencil lead) and sticky tape like ‘Scotch’ tape. Indeed, this is identical to the way graphene was first isolated and now produced in high-tech clean room laboratories around the world. With this activity, we endeavour to allow people of all walks of life to experience the latest advances in science, and we reward their efforts with a chocolate Nobel medal!