Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Pre-Conference Online Trainings

The day before the conference will offer a series of insightful online workshops and peer-to-peer trainings, focusing on topics with a high relevance for the European Public Engagement community. Choose your favorite session in the registration form – but beware – places are limited so don’t wait too long with signing up!

13.00-14.30 CET Online Workshop I

Network to Get Work: Creative Online Networking for All!

Here we are at the eve of the wonderful EUSEA conference! But what is the best way to make the most of a digital conference (or at any conference or event)?  There are contacts to be made and maintained, ideas to be pitched, virtual business cards to be swapped and participative science communication stories to be told. Welcome to the world of networking!

Whether you love networking or not, improve your skills in this interactive pre-conference warm-up with David and Rachel from Science made Simple! Bring along your networking tips and tricks and consider how best to make and maintain contacts and positively influence people – even in an online setting!

DAVID PRICE Senior Science Communicator

David is a senior trainer with Science Made Simple, specialising in developing collaborations between researchers and public engagement institutions and events. He organizes interactive science exhibits, shows and experiences for audiences of all ages. His development of science busking methods in the UK and his experience of working with school and family audiences has led to the support of an extensive portfolio of academic institutions internationally.

In 2009 David was awarded the British Interactive Group professional study bursary, which took him to the world street performance championships. A year later he received the Manchester Science Festival Josh Award for Outstanding Innovation in Science Communication for his work in developing and popularizing science busking techniques. David is a LAMDA trained public speaker to gold level with distinction and regularly trains diverse groups in both science communication and science busking techniques.

RACHEL MASON Associate Director – Development

Rachel leads Science Made Simple’s researcher training service, managing its academic modules in public engagement for diverse research groups. She also manages the company’s larger collaborative projects EU H2020 Our Space Our Future and UKRI-GCRF Action against Stunting. Moreover, Rachel has worked in a wide range of UK organisations dedicated to public engagement with the sciences, like the British Science Association and Science Projects Ltd and also worked as a consultant for STEM communication support organisations.

14:00-17:00 CET Online Workshop  II

Science Engagement for Sustainable Futures: Making Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) applicable in your local contexts

Our main aim with this workshop is to provide clear insights about the Sustainable Development Goals, driving participants towards the drafting of an actionable plan for their institution.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world, replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000.

The workshop will be led by a team that’s working on the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, an important standard-setting instrument which not only codifies the goals and value systems by which science operates, but also emphasizes that these need to be supported and protected if science is to flourish.

Speakers: John Crowley, Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight in UNESCO; April Tash, Programme Specialist – Lead for the Recommendation on Science, UNESCO
Facilitator: Andrea Troncoso, EUSEA

The SDGs are a bold commitment to tackle some of the more pressing challenges facing the world today. All 17 Goals interconnect, meaning success in one affect success for others. Dealing with the threat of climate change impacts how we manage our fragile natural resources, achieving gender equality or better health helps eradicate poverty, and fostering peace and inclusive societies will reduce inequalities and help economies prosper. In short, this is the greatest chance we have to improve life for future generations.

If we believe that science is more than a material dimension, and that it means access to knowledge, participation and is essential to build democratic societies, the SDG´s become a fertile soil on which we plant our stakes. The SDGs are unique in that they cover issues that affect us all, making sure no one is left behind. More importantly, they involve us all to build a more sustainable, safer, more prosperous planet for all humanity.

This workshop is an invitation to reflect and set an action plan that will begin or continue (depending on the participant´s contexts) the explicit endorsement of this policy umbrella, that will allow to aligne and to boost the programmes, projects and activities that involve science and public engagement, towards a conscious and active sustainable future that begins today.


  • A clear understanding of the aim of the SDG´s with simple idea-nuggets that will enable participants to explain them to their own teams, boosting their advocacy.
  • Methods and elements that facilitate their actionability and practice in different contexts that link public engagement and open science.


  • Introduction of participants and speakers
  • Story of the SDGs: Milestones and where are we now
  • Case studies
  • SGD´s and science engagement: evident and not so evident links
  • Your own personal action plan
  • What´s next?


The workshop includes ice-breakers dynamics, presentations and interactive activities oriented to get practical results.

13:00-17:00 CET Online Workshop  III

Using LEGO Serious Play to Foster Engagement and Stakeholder Dialogues

The Erasmus+ project SUSTAIN ( aims to enhance the awareness of secondary school pupils about local environmental issues concerning the sustainable use of landscapes. SUSTAIN does this by engaging pupils and their families in research projects on biodiversity, bird migration and water management.

Within this project, innovative methodologies like LEGO Serious Play are used as a playful and creative tool for pupils and teachers to collectively create scenarios of local environmental issues and to analyse the involved stakeholders (e.g. farmers, local politicians, nature conservationists). The workshop will train participants in how to use these creative methodologies to foster engagement and stakeholder dialogues.

Participants: 20 maximum

LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® is a methodology to facilitate communication not only orally but also visually and tactile. It multiplies collective reflection and understanding of complex ideas.

Speaker: Guillermo Palau, Head of Department of Rural and Agrifood Engineering at University of Valencia (UPV)

The method helps participants to:

  • Use metaphors to explain their ideas, which makes them more easily understood by others.
  • Learn how to arrive at consensus solutions without the need for endless discussions or give up their firmer beliefs.
  • Learn the importance of developing general principles for making decisions rather than having to follow a list of instructions.

In this pre-conference workshop, we use Lego Serious Play to explore how the methodology can be applied to create collective narratives for analysing a sustainable landscape.

Table with set-up of workshop


  • Warming up exercise with Lego (assuming that everyone got that at home or otherwise can easily get it).
  • Explaining the aim of the SUSTAIN project about learning pupils about sustainable landscapes and the use of creative methods like Lego to let them get a grip on complex processes such as sustainable landscapes.
  • Explaining different methods: Use of Lego: explain the strength of the tool with the use of metaphors
  • Splitting the group in three. Work collectively in the program Miro using “Pentagonal problem” as a tool to analyse the topic and the different stakeholders that are involved.
  • Bringing the outcomes of the three groups together
  • Wrapping up

13:00-16:00 Online Workshop IV

Your Input is Needed: Let’s Shape Up the New European Science Engagement Platform!

EUSEA invites all conference participants to a co-creative, dialogue-oriented session: Together we will reflect, criticise, update and improve the European Science Engagement Platform. This is your opportunity to work as an editor and contribute your own experiences and expertise to one of the largest compilations of European Public Engagement showcases. The platform will officially be launched at the conference, so have your say to make it even better. Bring your own examples, we may include them right away!

Facilitation: Philipp Burkard, Director Science et Cité, Bern; Rebecca Winkels, Wissenschaft im Dialog, Berlin

19:00-21:00 CET Pre-Conference Pub Quiz

Who says we cannot socialize at a digital conference? Bring your own beer, cocktail or wine and join us for a swirling Pub Quiz! Meet your colleagues and beat them with your wits at a fun evening with confusing questions and not-so-serious facts and fictions. See you in the virtual pub!