Conducting Public Engagement in Times of Dissonances:
Welcome to the European Science Engagement Conference 2020!

EUSEA, 7 September 2020

The European Science Engagement Conference annually unites the international community of science communication and public engagement professionals. Organised by the European Science Engagement Association, EUSEA, the international gathering shares and discusses relevant topics, funding programs and innovative ways to engage society with science.

#EUSEA2020 offers all practitioners in the field a Pan-European platform to expand their networks and enhance their skills via inspiring keynotes, interactive sessions and co-creative workshops. The conference shares and discusses relevant topics, funding programs and formats mainly related to the areas of public engagement and science communication.

At the main conference on 29-30 October 2020 keynotes will be given by Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Engagement at Science Foundation Ireland, on “Why Innovation, Expertise and Impact are Important for Science Communications”; and Prof. Dietram Scheufele, Wisconsin-Madison, USA, on “How Dissonance can be Good – Why Our New Inability to Disagree makes Engagement so Difficult”. Other interesting talks include the “Uptake of Careers in STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), “Educational Robotics”, and “Celebrity Science”. The conference evenings will offer a virtual Pub Quiz and a fabulous “ESUEA Paper Orchestra”, shaped by all conference participants, conducted by musician and artist Michael Bradke.

At the pre-conference on 28 October workshops will be offered by UNESCO on “Science Engagement for Sustainable Futures”, by the Universities of Groningen and Valencia on “Using LEGO Serious Play to Foster Engagement and Stakeholder Dialogues”; and by EUSEA on the new “European Science Engagement Platform”. In total, the interactive, dialogue-oriented online-event will present 31 sessions with 41 speakers from 14 countries.

This year’s motto resonates with the challenging times of a global pandemic, in which traditional ways of engagement need to be re-arranged or even re-composed: “Conducting Public Engagement in Times of Dissonances”. These questions will guide the discussions: What does it mean to be a good conductor working with an increasing variety of players? How can we make the “sounds of science” be heard in a cacophony of different noises? Should we strive for harmony? Or seek and enjoy dissonances as those musical elements who make a piece interesting? How do we compose good science communication? And who are our listeners?

Programme and registration: www.eusea.info.

For further information contact EUSEA Director Annette Klinkert, +49 151 2300 6370. annette.klinkert@eusea.info.