Forum Democrit (FD) is a non-governmental organisation aiming to enhance the public understanding of science, to improve the image of Bulgarian scientists and to promote interest in science among young people.
The creative hub of Forum Democrit is its interdisciplinary workgroup (SciComms Group) particularly focused on improving science and society dialogue and on re-converging science and culture through all relevant means of science communication practices. The Group includes researchers from universities and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, journalists, artists, and experts from science related SMEs who believe that bridging the gap between their professional fields will alter the questionable image of scientists and will challenge the public preconceptions about the scientific progress, products and career.
Since FD’s establishment in 2001, the science communication project has become increasingly influential online through the development of websites under the domain Democrit.com. Four years later Green.Democrit.com was created and especially designed as a web place for attracting younger and broader audiences. The websites were successfully developed until 2010 when both scicomm stars were unintentionally killed by social media.
Since 2005 the SciComms Group actively assists British Council – Bulgaria in running Café Scientifique events, National FameLab yearly competition for young science communicators, and the Sofia Science Festival.
As а member of EUSEA, Forum Democrit was involved in the implementation of three FP6 and FP7 projects (WONDERS 2007, 2WAYS, and PLACES). In 2009 FD coordinated one-year national project (Science Workshop) for scientific career promotion in Bulgarian secondary schools. FD was also a main partner in the FP7-SiS project YOSCIWEB (2008 – 2010) aimed at analysing how scicomm websites build and renew young people’s image of science and scientists.
FD has experience in organising three local student parliaments on science (in 2010, 2014, and 2016) as partner in the European Student Parliaments (EUSP) project.
Currently FD is member of the ongoing LLP-COMENIUS project MARCH that aims to share innovative content and best practices in science education for secondary schools; as well as part of the Consortium of project FRESH (H2020-MSCA-NIGHT-2016) for organising the European Researchers’ Night in more than 10 Bulgarian cities.
Contact person: Ivaylo Dimitrov
Web & Social Media: democrit.com
Address: 30 Hristo Kovatchev Str., app. 7, 1527 Sofia