Wednesday, 8th May 2019

14:00- 17:30  Pre-Conference Workshops (Parallel Sessions)

In 2005, engaged and experienced EUSEA members got together to develop a pracitcal document on how to plan, prepare and conduct a Science Festival. The EUSEA “White Book” has set the standards for practicioners all over Europe for many years. Now it’s time for an update! Join us in developing a new digital guideline for Public Engagement Professionals!
The workshop will be part of the SUSTAIN and the NUCLEUS projects in which EUSEA is actively involved. SUSTAIN and NUCLEUS consortium members plus EUSEA representatives will facilitate the discussion. Join in!

Take a look at the workshop programme here (PDF document.)

Separate registration is required (Administration fee 30 €)

Take a look behind the scenes of the Vienna Open Lab and benefit from the experience we have built over the last 14 years. The hands-on laboratory – situated directly at the conference venue – encourages visitors to think and experiment like scientists. In this training session, participants will try out an inquiry-based experiment (concerning the issue of recycling) selected from one of our courses and discuss differences between the inquiry-based approach and more traditional experimental instructions. It highlights situations and challenges facilitators could face in this open-ended setting and provides potential solutions. Building on these experiences, we will develop a simple inquiry-based activity together.

Separate registration is required (Administration fee 30 €)

Installing pop-up mini science centers in empty shops is a unique approach that the Association ScienceCenter-Netzwerk has developed and tested over the last five years. With free entrance, multilingual explainers and situated in disadvantaged urban areas, Knowledge°rooms are truly accessible for curious people of any social, educational or ethnical background, inviting deep engagement and repeat visits.  Additionally, the current venue features a “didactics lab” for inspiration and exchange of educators, scientists and communicators.

The excursion to the current Knowledge°room offers an insight into the idea, content, management, staffing, transferability… or any other questions you might have.

We will start the excursion from the conference venue at 15:00, taking the tram to the Knowledge°room. Alternatively, you can directly go to the venue 5(Reinprechtsdorferstrasse 1c, 1050 Vienna) where we will start at 15:30 (until approx. 17:30).

Separate registration is required (Administration fee 30 €)

Thursday, 9th May 2019

10:00- 11:00: Registration and Coffee
11:00- 13:00: Welcome Address by Leading Representatives from Open Science and Science Center Netzwerk Vienna, together with EUSEA President Mr. Markus Weißkopf. Two Opening Keynotes by:

Science Communication for the 21st Century

Melanie Smallman is a Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at UCL, London and is founder and Director of the Science Communications Consultancy Think-Lab.  Her research looks at how the public form views around new and emerging science and technology and how these views influence public policy.  She is also developing new research around the role of science and technology in increasing economic inequality and how this affects perceptions of science and technology and what alternative innovation models are available for more inclusive growth.

Prior to joining UCL, Melanie worked as a science communication practitioner for more than 20 years, for a range of organisations including London’s Science Museum, The Wellcome Trust and most recently the Chief Scientific Adviser in the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Melanie continues to combine practice with research and teaching, is a member of UCL’s Climate Change Communications Commission and has recently advised the UK Parliament on science communication.

For more information please visit her University page here.

Communicating Science: Arts as an Afterthought

The creative arts are a powerful way of developing dialogue between different audiences, and yet all to readily they are utilises solely as a dissemination tool. In this talk, Sam Illingworth will discuss how poetry can be used to enable, mediate, and facilitate dialogue between scientists and non-scientists, and will discuss how embedding the creative arts throughout the lifecycle of a research project (rather than bolting it on at the end) can help to develop meaningful impact. Sam Illingworth is a Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University where he uses poetry and games to develop dialogue between scientists and non-scientists.

You can read more about Sam and his research by visiting his website here.

13:00- 14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: Session (I)
Horizon Talks 1
  • Miguel Carrasco Tellado & Carmen Segura Quirante: MonuMAI: Making Citizen Science combining artificial Intelligence, art, math, and Dissemination
  • Lena Söderström: The dark side of light: The star Spotting project
  • Giovanni Prattichizzo: Tell me data … Statistics storytelling
  • Andrea Troncoso: OurSpaceOurFuture: engaging and sustainable space-centered education that enables and empowers.
  • Elena Kinz: School Citizen ‎Science Projects: a ‎vehicle to cultivate ‎awareness on ‎Sustainable ‎Development Goals ‎

For abstracts click here.

Team Session 1
Marie Nugent, Cas Kramer & G. Sian

At the University of Leicester, we are on a journey to develop a public engagement strategy that supports research. Universities in the UK are increasingly being incentivised by research funders to outline their research’s pathyway to impact. Public engagement is an effective pathway to enhancing and demonstrating the impact of research. We therefore would like to present how we are planning to develop our strategy and would like to ask the diverse group of EUSEA delegates to share with us their thoughts on what universities need to consider to effectively outline a public engagement with research strategy.

Workshop 1
Philipp Schrögel

The methods and formats of science communication and public engagement have diversified over the last years. The audiences, however, not so much. Not all parts of society are being reached by these activities. Pointedly, one could say that the average participant often is white, male and highly educated. The factors hindering a more diverse and broader reach include socio-demographics, economics, culture or language, among various others.

During the workshop, a 10-minute introductory presentation will give an overview on the various aspects and the state of research. Then, workshop participants are invited to share their experiences and knowledge among each other in small-group discussions. The topics are: Who are the underrepresented audiences and which barriers can be identified? What are the aims of doing science communication with and for underrepresented audiences? Which approaches have been proven to work in your experience and which have failed?

Workshop 2
Konstantin Zilberburg

Science, though driven by the great individuals, benefits the most from the collaborative effort. Design thinking is a practical collaborative tool designed for the individuals with the different backgrounds and expertise. In a short 90-minute interactive session we will explore the biggest challenges in science communication, conduct a discussion and create express prototypes for the most interesting approaches.

15:30- 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30: Session (II)
Horizon Talks 2
  • Eveline Wandl-Vogt: Humanity centered ‎engagement to ‎foster knowledge ‎for development ‎
  • Manuel Ballatore: Free bright conversations
  • Luisa Barbosa-Gómez & Gema Revuelta: Diversifying ‎collaborations in ‎research and ‎innovation
  • Jean-Paul Bertemes: Pairing Scheme: ‎Politics meets ‎Research ‎
  • Magriet Cruywagen: How can we create ‎enabling spaces for ‎research that ‎informs or ‎facilitates ‎governance ‎innovation? ‎

For abstracts click here.

Team Session 2
Francesca Gale, Kenneth Skeldon, Lesley Paterson & Mary-Clare Hallsworth.

Public Engagement prize schemes are on the rise, intended to recognise, celebrate and reward researchers for outstanding engagement work. But with such a diversity of activities and approaches set within a complex research landscape, what does outstanding actually mean? What are the risks of putting individual projects in the spotlight? When does an inspirational case study become a bar set too high? How might we categorise prizes to reflect career or experience level? And should ‘soft reward’ schemes exist at all, less they distract from more robust valuing of PE?
In this session we will explore these issues and more, discussing the benefits and pitfalls with prize schemes in different UK settings. Our team has a collective experience of 16 years in coordinating prizes, and we’ll use an interactive format to encourage vibrant discussion on the pros and cons of celebrating public engagement in this way. There will be a chance to reflect and design fresh award criteria which might mitigate against some of the above issues.

Workshop 3
Barbara Streicher & Theda Minthe

How can Cities of Science involve refugees and migrants in the science communication efforts? Hannover and Vienna gathered a lot of experience in projects like „Knowledge°rooms”, „Walk & Talk with Refugee Scientists“, „Urban Science Container“ and „Supporting access of refugees and migrants to universities“. These activities span the spectrum from “pure” science communication aiming at exciting for science towards “pure” integration, using science engagement as a tool for meaningful encounters.
Let us share our experiences about how to develop and nurture sustainable projects. Let us discuss different ways of building partnerships and intercultural learning through structural anchoring like politics, urban development plans and migration networks.

Workshop 4
Marika Cieslinski, Michaela Poppe & Walburg Steurer

This world café will bring together researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds to reflect on challenges and opportunities of engaging pupils in scientific research. We will discuss strategies and formulate ideas for the implementation of robust engagement strategies and tools while also paying attention to ethical issues.

The session will start with a lightning talk about experiences from a citizen science project with pupils, which was funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. This short input will be followed by discussion groups. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and explore questions such as:

– What can we learn from existing examples of science engagement with pupils?

– How can we evaluate and improve such exercises?

– How can we encourage researchers to actively engage with young “experts” in schools beyond mere one-way science communication?

– Which ethical issues arise in particular when engaging pupils and how can they be faced in practice?

The session will close with a discussion about outcomes of the small discussion groups in plenary.

17:45 – 18:30: Session (III)
Workshop S1
María Larriva & Jose A Martinez Gonzalez

How would a 21-century high-tech Tower of Babel look like? Perhaps, full of scientists, engineers and artists speaking English as “official” language. Scientists use English to communicate, to announce their discoveries, and to do multidisciplinary research in multicultural teams. For non-native English speaker researchers, learning English is an additional challenge to face along their career. For students, Science might be the perfect partner to learn other languages.

We present “The Game of Brainy Roles”, a science & humanities themed role card-game to get students and teachers together to learn – by playing– how scientists come up with ideas while learning/improving basic Spanish and/or German and English language skills. The game includes some facility cards to illustrate different research-working environments and some professional and real people-inspired roles: all races diverse men and women with different professional backgrounds to illustrate the lack of boundaries among scientific disciplines nor art and science.

We will show examples of how this game helps teachers to deliver a language learning and a neuroscience lesson. Want to play?

Workshop S2

Often amputees are treated as medical cases. Therefore, the aesthetic component is neglected. However, it is equally important to understand the user as an actor in the cultural and social field. This means paying concrete attention to aspects of wearing comfort (clothing, everyday activities) in product development and prosthesis creation, as well as illuminating them from a fashion point of view. Questions such as what a prosthesis looks like under clothing, or how conspicuous a prosthesis can or should be, play a role here. To this end, the social environment must be taken into account, in particular how open a cultural environment is to technical developments on the one hand and disability on the other.
After an introduction about the development of prostheses to show the requirements and answer questions of product development in the medical field. Any other further questions will be addressed and discussed.

About Ottobock
Ottobock is a med-tech company with a stable growth for years and the number of employees increased to 7,000 worldwide. A network consisting of sales and service companies in over 50 countries gives the company a global presence that enables close proximity to its customers. Thanks to the Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human Mobility (manual and power wheelchairs, rehabilitation products) and Ottobock Industrials business segments as well as the Clinical Services Network, the company is perfectly positioned and capable of offering its customers a nearly incomparable breadth of products, perfectly harmonised solutions and extensive services.
A key area of Ottobock’s research and development consists of mechatronic solutions for the auto adaptive control of prosthetic components. The electronic intelligence integrated into the product takes the burden off the user by enabling the systems to adapt to different conditions and everyday situations automatically. Based on this technology, products from our prosthetics range are continuously setting standards in the provision of medical devices to people with disabilities.
All around the world, the Ottobock name stands for high quality and technologically outstanding products and services in the field of medical technology. The goal of helping to restore mobility for people with disabilities – and protect the mobility they have retained – stands behind each and every one of the company’s products. Our conviction that quality of life is closely connected to a maximum of individual freedom and independence is a key concept that has been a major influence throughout the company’s 100-year history.

Workshop S3
Alessandra Cataneo

Cultures of (science) communication are possible in an open science scenario. Open science gives the priority to concepts like science education, science communication and public engagement (PE). To realize open science concretely and in order to encouraging active scientific citizenship in the framework of responsible R&I, mission oriented as well, it is important to understand which is the relationship between this three dimensions of open science and the possible levels of contamination. This means to understand the interplay between them but also the borders of each of them. These points represent next important challenges in the human-centered innovation model of Europe where knowledge and innovation have both a strategical role.
Into this framework PE is an advanced and interactive follow up of science communication, concerning the relationship between science and society but also a strategical field for universities and research centers. The institutionalization of PEs in HEIs looks for a better definition in order to develop professionalization of the field and its industrialization with new services and tools. The team session wants to discuss with experts and practitioners the possible innovative developments in the PEs field in a problem solving perspective.

Workshop S4
David Price & Morana Mihaljević

The use of science busking techniques to inspire scientists to pick up their work and take it to where the people are!

How to inspire scientist to take their research on to the streets and engage in conversations with the public.
In Biodiversity Means Life (an outreach project of the University of Zurich), scientist joined up with busking professionals to create a unique science communication experience, cherished by both the public and the scientists themselves.

By deconstructing Biodiversity Means Life, we will introduce you to science busking techniques that you can use in variety of communication settings to help your science come alive to your public. That can be used to take research into the hearts and minds and communities of people who would never attend a science event or see science as in any way “for them”.

Please come along to this highly interactive session as we deconstruct the Biodiversity Means Life project and look at its busking nuts and blots. That could help you take your science to the people and involve them in it.

20:00: Conference dinner at the Natural History Museum Vienna

Friday 10th May 2019

9:00 – 10:00 : A Keynote Lecture by

How I talk about science and why?

Martin Moder studied Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna and finished his PhD at the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) in 2018. In 2014 he won the European Science Slam championship in Copenhagen. He writes popular Science Books and is part of the Science Comedy Group “Science Busters”. Moder is an active member in the “Society for Critical Thinking” (Gesellschaft für kritisches Denken – GkD), which promotes scientific, rational thinking.

Talk Summary

The Science Busters are a renowned Austrian Science Comedy group, striving to make complex scientific topics accessible to wider audiences. The concept is based on a comedian sharing a stage with scientists to address scientific topics in an entertaining manner. The shows include music, visuals and live experiments. Since 2011 the Science Busters have their own TV Show on ORF eins and 3sat. They also host radio shows and have published several popular science books.

For more information about Science Busters please visit the group’s website here.

10:00 – 11:30: Session (IV)
Horizon Talks 3
  • Paula Noya: Thinking Different for Producing New Formats on Science &Technology Communication
  • Edward Duca: STEAM Summer ‎School: Not Just a SciComm Course ‎
  • Iris Ott & Marianne Eisl: The Art of Joined ‎Expertise
  • Marina Wirth: Science Goes ‎YouTube – Web ‎Videos as a Tool for ‎Science ‎Communication ‎
  • Milla Karvonen: Changing Attitudes – ‎Music as a Means ‎

For abstracts click here.

Team Session 3
Steve Scott (Wellcome Genome Campus)
Kenneth Skeldon (Wellcome Genome Campus)
Eva Haas (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
Agnes Szmolenszky (European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
Tobias Maier (NaWik)

In this session we will share the results of surveys with scientists/researchers from two world-leading science research institutions – one in the UK and one in Germany. These institutions, Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge UK and EMBL-Heidelberg, Germany, both have longstanding public engagement programmes. These depend on an enthusiastic community of researchers willing and able to effectively get involved in activities to share their research with a wider public audience.

We have run surveys with our researcher communities to gather information about their attitudes to public engagement and provide insight into some of the barriers and issues around encouraging scientists to communicate. We will explore where there is common ground between the two institutes and what we can learn from each other’s successes and challenges. We will use the results from our researcher communities to stimulate discussion across the panel and conference delegates around different approaches to establishing an engaged research community. This will include different approaches through training, support and opportunities to develop science communication skills. In the course of this session it is hoped that the collective experiences within the room, both from presenters and delegates, will refine and progress thoughts and approaches around encouraging scientists to communicate and engage with non-academic audiences.

Workshop 5
Danielle Martine Farrugia, Menelaos Sotiriou & Jon Rea

In this workshop we will explore multiple ways of encouraging researchers not interested in engaging with citizens to communicate their research. Danielle M. Farrugia (Science Communicator, University of Malta, PhD student) will present her experience on collaborating with researchers in various fields, from EU projects, to Cafe Sci talks, to radio shows, to engage researchers with different formats in how to engage with citizens. She will be joined by two other speakers, Mr. Menelaos Sotiriou from Greece and, Jon Rea from England with a vast experience with assisting researchers to engage with different publics. Mr. M. Sotiriou will present the ‘Learning Science Through Theater’ initiative. During the implementation of this case study many researchers have been involved and use performing arts methods in order to communicate their research and science notions. Mr J. Rea will give examples of interesting and innovative engagement methods and their impact on researchers’ culture of engagement from Nottingham’s Stemcity partnership, especially from the annual Festival of Science and Curiosity programme. This world cafe session is meant to share common practices, and bridge the gap between science communication research and practise to help facilitate the process and open more spaces for dialogue. Three case studies from Malta, Greece and England will first be presented followed by small group discussions. At the end of the workshop, a representative from each group will present their own ideas on how best to reach out to researchers.

Workshop 6
Lewis Hou

The time in science engagement to be satisfied with only entertaining the already converted, with high science capital, is over. Are diverse communities hard to reach, or just easy to ignore? How as a sector can we share ways of connecting with these communities in sustainable ways, and build evidence?

This workshop will explore a three-stage model of working with underrepresented communities – building relationships first, increasing empowerment and developing longer-term capacity. Through case studies, provocation card-game and discussions, participants will actively reflect on their own experiences and share ideas and resources, and these will be added to a public toolkit for other practitioners.

The workshop will be led by participatory and interdisciplinary science education specialist Lewis Hou, director of the award-winning Science Ceilidh integrating Scottish traditional arts to explore research, health and wellbeing across Scotland. It will also draw from learnings of a three-year action research project integrating science engagement with best practice in socially engaged arts and cultural democracy with the Fun Palaces campaign.

11:30- 12:00: Coffee Break
12:00- 13:30: Session (V)
Horizon Talks 4
  • Theodoros Anagnostopoulos: Mind the Lab: A Powerful Tool on Bringing Science to the General Public!
  • Beatrice Lugger: The Science Communication Starter Kit
  • D. Escobar, M. Molins & A. Calderer: ESCOLAB-GOT AN IDEA! Engaging the Young
  • Marika Cieslinski: Sparkling science- A funding Programme Fostering Cooperation between Schools and Academia ‎
  • Sheila Donegan & Cordula Weiss: Improving Problem-solving Skills through Play and Peer Teaching

For abstracts click here.

Team Session 4
Tobias Maier

Many organisations involved in funding research, including the European Commission but also many national funding agencies and foundations, have realised the potential and importance of science communication. They provide funding for outreach and engagement activities in standalone calls or within calls for research proposals. Often, the availability and the application modalities for these funds are not clearly advertised, resulting in incomplete drawdown of funds or rejection of research project proposals.

In this interactive workshop, we are charting the funding landscape for science communication, engagement and outreach. We are tapping into the knowledge of all participants to identify and characterise available funding opportunities on an international, national or regional level. The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness of available funds for science communication and to exchange experiences when acquiring funding for engagement and outreach activities.

Workshop 7
Edward Duca

Evaluations can help measure the impact of past projects and advocate for future initiatives. It helps practitioners articulate and share what works or doesn’t. Particularly in emerging fields of practise, evaluations can help professionals learn and support each other.

In this workshop, Dr Edward Duca (science comm. lecturer, University of Malta) and Simone Cutajar (researcher & Esplora Natura Director) will discuss some evaluation techniques they have used on small and large-scale science communication projects. Their experience ranges from formulating large-scale standardised evaluation for festivals to nation-wide citizen-led participatory projects. During this world cafe session, they will discuss how institutions/individuals may choose the most appropriate measurement tools to evaluate the impact of their participatory projects by reflecting on case studies of various evaluation strategies. Participants are encouraged to come with their projects to help discuss evaluation strategies for them

Workshop 8
Bentley Crudgington

Using animals in scientific research has been critical to the development of modern medicine. Although there are moves for more openness and transparency, animal research facilities remain some of this most inaccessible to the public.

What method allows you to lay out scientific, technical, political, historical and ethical strands for a cautious public to explore? How can challenging processes and concepts be transformed into play without trivialising the subject matter or troubling stakeholders?

This session will provide a practical overview and critical reflections using Vector; an immersive experience which used elements of performance, game and integrated technology, co-created with immersive performance makers The Lab Collective, as a case study.

The session shall touch on;

R&D – managing expectations, navigating boundaries.
World Building – refining content, pragmatism, resourcefulness.
Engagement – participation ethics, creating meaningful interactions beyond the experience.

13:30 – 14:30: Lunch
14:30 – 16:00: EUSEA General Assembly – Members Only
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