Wednesday, 8th May 2019
2 – 6.30 pm   Pre-Conference Workshop: Let’s Update the EUSEA White Book!

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!

Thursday, 9th May 2019

9 am – 12.00 pm: Pre-Conference Training with Sam Illingworth

Interactive Training Workshop:

Using the Creative Arts to Engage with Underserved Audiences
Dr. Sam Illingworth, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Are you interested in working with different audiences but unsure where to start? Have you become convinced of the transformative power of the arts, but are hesitant in putting this into practice? Would you like some advice in terms of how to start moving away from one-way dissemination strategies towards meaningful two-way dialogue? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this training session is for you.

In this fully interactive workshop, Dr Sam Illingworth (Senior Lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University) will work with you to develop creative techniques for engaging traditionally underserved audiences in meaningful dialogue around topics of scientific research. This will include advice on how to engage with these audiences in an effective and mutually beneficial manner.

So that this workshop can help to benefit you in the most meaningful way, we ask that you bring along one aspect of science/research that you would like to communicate more widely, and the audience that you would most like to work with. Over the course of the workshop we will work together to develop this into an approach that utilises the creative arts in a manner that is appropriate for your target audience.

11.00 pm – 1.00 pm:  Registration

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm: Lunch

1.00 pm- 2.30 pm: Welcome by Leading Representatives from Open Science and Science Center Netzwerk Vienna,  together with EUSEA President Mr. Markus Weißkopf.

Opening Keynotes


Communicating Science: Arts as an Afterthought
Dr. Sam Illingworth, Manchester Metropolitan University

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:

2.30pm – 3.00 pm: Coffee Break

3.00 – 4.30 pm: Sessions

Session A: Horizon Talks

Workshop 1

Workshop 2

Workshop 3

4.30 – 5.00 pm: Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.30 pm: Sessions

Horizon Talks

Team Session

Workshop 4

Workshop 5

19.15 pm: City Walk

8 pm: Conference Dinner

Friday 10th May 2019

9 – 10 am: Keynote

10 – 11.30 pm: Sessions

Horizon Talks

Workshop 6

By Dr. Edward Duca, University of Malta, Malta.

Throughout Europe, education is not meeting the needs of employers for STEM skills. The CREATIONS project, funded by the European Union, is developing creative approaches based on art for an engaging science classroom. Students involved in the arts are more likely to participate in science fairs, win awards, and excel academicaly. Their approach combines, the IBSE (Inquiry-Based Science Education) pedagological model, with RRI (Responsible Research & Innovation) values and the Arts. The project’s Greek Partners (Science View) will be delving into the features of the CREATIONS approach to aid the development of the activities. In Malta, a number of activities were developed by Univeristy of Malta staff and students, who then brought them to schools around the island. The workshop will involve participants developing their own creative activity that they can use in any setting—prepare to surprise yourself.

Team Sessions

11.30 am – 12 pm: Coffee Break

12 – 1.30 pm: Sessions

Horizon Talks

Workshop  7

Workshop 8

By Peter Brennan and Ricardo Valdés-Bango (PubhD Dublin)

A growing theme of public scientific engagement events centers itself in the pub, a warm and familiar venue, distinctly different to that of a traditional lecture hall. In these events, researchers present their research and share their expertise to the general public and researchers from different fields. Examples of these events include: Science on Tap and Pint of Science – annual science festivals in 175 cities in 9 countries that brings scientists to the pub and other public venues; PubhD – a monthly event in 25 locations in 7 countries, where Ph.D. students explain their work to non-specialists and the wider public audience in a pub. In this session, a panel of organizers, former pub presenters, and audience members will share their experience at such events and provide insights on the strengths, limitations and future challenges of this format of engaging the public with science.

Confirmed speakers:

Peter Brennan – PubhD Dublin, Dublin City University, Ireland
Ricardo Valdés-Bango Curell – PubhD Dublin, Dublin City University, Ireland
Billy McCarthy – PubhD Cork, Teagasc, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Ivone Fachada – PubhD Bragança, Portugal
Sarah Hughes – GSU, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

1.30 – 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.30 – 4 pm: EUSEA General Assembly – Members Only

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