Monday, 29th May 2017

10.30 – 12 am: Pre-Conference Workshop

This session will discuss and shape the future of our own organisation. Over the last years Eusea has developed from a knowledge-sharing platform of science festival organisers to an accelerator of innovation in the fields of public engagement, RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) and Open Science. Our association still is a family of experts involved in the design, organisation and implementation of public engagement activities across Europe. However, today we also reach out to universities and scientific institutions and seek active cooperation with other European networks. Our goal is to stimulate research and innovation which is as responsive to societal challenges as it is to citizens’ concerns and values.

In this interactive session we will shape our future activities in the coming months and years: Which roles can Eusea take as an active consortium member in projects funded by the European Commission? How can we support our members in developing innovative public engagement activities? What kind of activities would our members like to join? How can we ensure that science festivals help to build bridges – between science and society, researchers and citizens, policy makers and innovators?

Facilitator: Cissi Billgren Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet

12 am – 1 pm: Lunch

1 – 2.30 pm: Welcome Speeches

Opening Keynote: Knowledge-sharing and Responsible Research and Innovation
Ana Arana Antelo, Europen Commission, Head of Unit: Science with and for society; Open Innovation and Open Science

Ana Arana Antelo represents the European Commission as Head of the Unit “Science with and for Society” in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation. As a lawyer specialised in European Law she was previously Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation and Science.  Prior to that she worked in the Directorate General for Transport and Energy, where she headed the unit responsible for the electricity and gas internal markets. She has also worked in the Directorate General for Competition, as well as in the Directorate General for External Relations dealing with relations with the then New Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

Ana Arana Antelo represents the European Commission as Head of the Unit “Science with and for Society” in the Directorate General for Research and Innovation. As a lawyer specialised in European Law she was previously Deputy Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner responsible for Research, Innovation and Science.  Prior to that she worked in the Directorate General for Transport and Energy, where she headed the unit responsible for the electricity and gas internal markets. She has also worked in the Directorate General for Competition, as well as in the Directorate General for External Relations dealing with relations with the then New Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

2.30 – 3 pm: Coffee Break

3 – 4.30 pm: Sessions

Session A: Horizon Talks and Podium Discussion

Facilitator: Aleksandra Drecun, Intersection

In 2016, an innovative partnership was piloted with the Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company (UR) to develop educational materials to support European Researchers’ Night (ERN) activities in Sweden. With the help of UR’s education managers, four different packages were created, consisting of existing films on research-related subjects from UR’s vast archive, together with teachers’ guides. The aim was to prepare pupils for their meetings with researchers on ERN, as well as for use as a guide and inspiration to talk about research and research careers in schools in other contexts.

Two of the programmes were also distributed on DVD to the local organisers of RN events to inspire dialogue between researchers’ and visitors. The partnership was managed by the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science), which is national co-ordinator for RN in Sweden. This talk will explore how this successful partnership was developed, as well as aspects such as marketing and evaluation.

Are we living in a “post-truth era”? Is it true that the public doesn’t care about facts and evidence and doesn’t trust experts? Sense about Science is going to show you that this is not true. They will talk about their unique approach to communicating about research – public led, expert fed – in which scientists respond directly to real, unedited questions from the public. Because conversation is led by the questions and issues people raise, this approach breaks through polarised and difficult debates. It allows to identify gaps and misunderstandings in the public debate and gives researchers the chance to respond to them. This talk will show that, if researchers want the public to trust them, they have to trust the public.

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that monitors the use and abuse of scientific evidence in public life. They stand up for the public interest, for advocating for openness about the evidence behind important claims and for equipping people to ask for this evidence and to understand it.

Confident, experienced staff are rightly recognised as a crucial element for successful science communication activities. In the case of the Vienna Open Lab –a hands-on life science laboratory – young scientists, who have a high level of scientific knowledge, but no experience in science communication or didactics, handle the face-to-face contact with the public. However our tutors do have a strategic role as facilitators of visitors’ learning and as mediators in the dialogue between science and society. Thus explainers’ profile and professional development pose an ever-evolving challenge for our organization. How can we recruit, train and keep these high quality professionals? This presentation will explore past and present approaches of the Vienna Open Lab professional development programme, which includes i.a. regular group workshops, training videos, and an extensive explainer-training manual. Karin Garber will point out the pros and cons of the different approaches and share opinions and experiences with the audience.
Which dimensions should a University or a Research Institution focus on when trying to implement institutional changes to develop public engagement actions? Over the last three years (2014-2016) a PhD study was developed to analyse European examples of Research Institutions that develop peculiar approaches to answer this question.

Based on the collected observations and on the preliminary results of three EU funded projects (HEIRRI, PERFORM and NUCLEUS) some guidelines were developed to provide research institutions and universities with key concepts to reflect on while trying to develop public engagement strategies.

A new approach to the evolution of science communication models is presented based on the concept of responsibility and combined with a three pillars model for research institutions based on: (a) the cultural dimension of the institution, (b) the management dimension and (c) the educational dimension.

Session B: Horizon Talks and Podium Discussion

Facilitator: Andrea Troncoso, Eusea

The International Cartoon Festival has been organized for over 50 years by the sea-side town of Knokke-Heist. In 2013, the KU Leuven initiated a collaboration with the Cultural Centre of Knokke-Heist to provide a theme for the Cartoon Festival in 2014: human genes. The University considered cartoons an excellent medium to clarify intricate themes, such as genetics, and discussions for a broad audience. The goal of the collaboration was to organize a festival which would inform people about the challenges, the progression and the misconceptions of human genetics in a humorous way. Famous cartoonists used their art to sensibilize people about science.

During the Cartoon Festival the science communication department of the KU Leuven in collaboration with researchers of the University organized a children’s university, talks for adults and workshops with scientists and cartoonists, but also to developed cards about genes distributed by shops for children to collect: gennies, and so much more.

This talk will provide more information about the origin and ideas behind the collaboration of KU Leuven and the Cartoon Festival and about the practical organization and results of this successful cooperation.

Many professionals in higher education execute a combined function of research, education and social services. Very often, science communication is considered an additional task that is left behind by many. This talk will display how science communication should and could be a concern of all professionals in higher education.

Unmistakeably, the involvement rate might change depending on the availability and time schedule. Therefore, Pieter Tijtgat suggests a solution in which professionals can vary from a very little time consuming involvement towards starting up small or bigger projects specifically on science communication.

Motivating professionals in higher education by presenting the possibilities to execute science communication from mouse to elephant has been successful in the Flemish University College Odisee. Specifically, the introduction of microprojects in science communication will be presented as a good example of growing towards new and innovative ways of science communication, as well as engaging professionals to participate in this form of social service.

The system of the Open Science internships enables young people to appreciate the potential of a career in STEM and to change their perception of research and innovation careers. Every year at least 70 secondary school and university students take part in internships at the public research institutions of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where they can either carry out their own research or join any of the current projects underway, led by the scientific tutors. The internship usually lasts for one year enabling the students to gain experience of science first hand working with researchers on a one-to-one, scientist-led basis. The internships have been running for more than 10 years and proved to be great success and one of the main science promotion scheme of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Science is advancing at an incredible speed but the possibilities unlocked by innovation and new technologies are in some cases clashing with the current social, economic and ethical boundaries. How can science step out of laboratories to analyse and respond to the actual needs of people? The answer could be to devise a new way of carrying out scientific research by involving all relevant stakeholders in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) processes. Sparks promotes RRI by inviting citizens, scientists, companies and policy makers to actively question, experiment and play with science to make it relevant to society. Focusing on new technologies in healthcare and medicine, it tours a unique travelling exhibition in 29 countries that is combined with participatory activities reversing the expert-public relationship.

This talk will explore the methods and tools put in place in the frame of Sparks to trigger a dialogue between multiple stakeholders in science centres and science shops all over Europe as well as show concrete examples and outcomes of this engagement process.


Facilitator: Markus Weißkopf, Wissenschaft im Dialog

The fusion of science and art in research and science communication is a phenomenon that has spread all over Europe and the rest of the world. Concepts like SciArt, BioArt, and others have seen scientists and artists working together to create ground-breaking research, innovative exhibition spaces, new methods of expressing scientific ideas to engage citizens, and attracting new audiences to science events and festivals. This session will give examples of how scientists and artists have worked together highlighting the management barriers that exist to running successful events.

The workshop will be structured into five short five minute talks with one minute of questions, followed by a 60 minute world cafe session with each table led by an expert. The workshop will explore the relationship between science and art which is very complex. An interdisciplinary approach has been proven to be more effective for a pedagogical purpose but also to attract new audiences to science festivals and activities. Participants will brainstorm about different examples of collaboration between researchers and artists, the potential barriers they can face, and how they can overcome them.

Horizon Talk and Workshop

Facilitator: Enrico M. Balli, Sissa Medialab

How does one event grow into a theme encompassing everything done in a science centre? Heureka, the Finnish Science Center, organized an event on bio economy in 2015. The following year circular economy became a spearhead strategy of the Finnish Government, and became an instant focus for companies, researchers, and public interest and thus a possibility for future funding policies, even on EU level.

Heureka continued the effort by concentrating on circular economy and started up a project which includes all the aspects of a science centre. The project will take at least 3 years and initiated in December 2016. There will be public events (lectures, workshops, presentations) for all ages, educational components, a science centre exhibition, planetarium presentations, and science camp programmes.

How did that happen? What can be expected? How can we avoid the worst pitfalls? And how do crickets come into all of this? Team leader Paula Havaste from Heureka shares the know-how.

Last year, the most popular public event at Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre, was a workshop called “Dare to eat a cricket”. The science behind this innovative event has much to do with the increasing interest on new, ecologically sustainable food sources and thus with the trendy issue of circular economy, too. There is a lot of research going on in that field in Finland.

In this interactive walk-in-workshop you will hear more about the scientific cooperation when you organize a hugely popular event, but do you dare to do it yourself?

Event producer Siina Vasama talks about what was surprising, and how Heureka successfully organized and communicated about the cricket-events in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Helsinki University, and the Finnish Food Safety Authority. She will also be serving something small and crunchy.

4.30 – 5 pm: Coffee Break

5 – 6.30 pm: Sessions

Session C: Horizon Talks and Podium Discussion

Facilitator: Markus Weißkopf, Wissenschaft im Dialog

The Notice Board mass experiment is the first citizen science project in Sweden that involves pioneering research in the humanities field. Run by the non-profit organisation VA (Public & Science) in collaboration with researchers at the Universities of Gothenburg and Stockholm, the project involved pupils across Sweden documenting the contents of physical notice boards. The data, submitted via a dedicated app, will give information about research questions relating to the function of the physical notice board in the digital age, as well as the use of text, images and language. The research results will be published in spring 2017.

Bringing researchers and pupils together in this way creates new knowledge and is an effective way to introduce pupils to research and the scientific method. The project won an Open Knowledge Award for Best Open Science Initiative. The talk will look at the key ingredients for undertaking citizen science that benefits researchers, pupils and teachers, and that can help to market a science event

What’s kidsXhibition dream in Egypt Science in Egypt is only a difficult subject in our schools, art is cancelled from some Schools so we are trying to change minds and concepts towards Science and Art. Our first science event on 2014 was with Rhys Thomas science physics circus hilarious interactive show for schools combined with an Art competition between schools, to reflect after seeing the show . (It was a success.) Our second event on 2015 with Tom Noddy the magic bubble show. The Egyptian Kids and parents makes me think. about the first international Science and Art festival in Egypt by trying to engage the whole community in the Festival. My way to the Festival ( March 2107) between challenges and barriers a dream can come true. I believe changing Education is the only way to get us to understand and speaks the same changing the way of thinking then will make a difference. (Our presentation will be with a video) Our future plan 1)working with needy children. 2)Planning for a whole program for school teachers ( 2018)& workshops . 3)Starting To be the 1st Science & Art club in Egypt this year 2017/2018.(300 -400 m2) 4)Renting Exhibits (2018/ 2019) 5)Moving exhibit from the History of Pharaohs. 6)Our plan to Be A Science Center (1000 m2) by 2020 . How can I get some support from your experiences.
As a hands-on science laboratory the Vienna Open Lab offers various workshops for kids, youth and adults. Kids are by nature the best and most curious “scientists” and ask great questions about how the world works. As we grow up to become adults we learn to draw conclusions and quickly interpret what we see based on experience. Scientists need to do both – be curious about the world and eager to investigate it and draw conclusions. Thus we established our first family-workshop in which parents work with their kids side by side in an open inquiry setting and combine the approach of exploration with drawing conclusions. Our workshop participants start their adventure of five consecutive weekly sessions with seemingly simple research questions. By observing, planning experiments, testing their hypotheses and collecting data they experience how scientists work. In an 8-minutes horizon talk Manuela Ringbauer will share details about challenges, pitfalls and lessons learned in creating science hands-on workshops for families.
The mission at Cosmos Education Ltd (Cork Institute of Technology) is to “educate, enthuse and engage schools and the wider public in STEM using space as the catalyst for the interaction”. A well-informed and STEM literate society has intrinsic educational, economic and democratic benefits for all citizens.

For this talk CIT shall showcase their strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland which employs the inspirational theme of Space to drive a number of targeted initiatives in support of a STEM-engaged society. First of all they aim to inspire school children to develop an interest and awareness of STEM through inquiry-based activities that encourage independent thinking, whilst helping their teachers to be themselves inspired and prepared to use new technologies and new teaching modalities. And secondly there will be information on the coordination of a new national STEM Week SPACE WEEK in parallel with World Space Week and an umbrella programme Space Careers.

Session D: Horizon Talks and Podium Discussion

Facilitator: Andrea Troncoso, Eusea

Science Week Ireland has a long and well established history, celebrating its 21st week in 2016. In 2014 and 2015, Science Foundation Ireland the coordinator of national Science Week undertook a comprehensive evaluation of the programme to identify the quality of the content and that of its participating regional Science Week festivals and to understand who engages with Science Week and the impact it has on the participants. The findings from this evaluation process was used to plan and deliver Science Week 2016 and will be used to inform subsequent Science Weeks. This talk will take you through what we have learned and how we are implementing that knowledge to continue to grow and develop national Science Week in Ireland, including how it enabled us to engage with new audiences.
Based on an innovative storytelling-approach that we developed for the European researchers night 2016 in Bolzano, we want to share our experiences regarding communication, implementation and impact of this approach. At the event the public was projected into 2036 – into a future 20 years from now. The guide through this world was Sofia, a girl aged between eight and ten years. Sofia presented various aspects of her world, like her city, her doctor, what she does on weekends etc. – Sofia is an animated character and has a virtual presence – she can be experienced trough an augmented reality-app on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablet computers. In this horizon talk we want to address: What where our objectives with this approach? What worked well / what didn’t work well? How many resources did it take to realize it, what did it cost? How sustainable is Sofia – can she be used further for communication purposes?
Science culture in Korea has been started since after the government has announced the science movement in 1934. The government wanted to enlight the public with science which was the first stage of science popularization and from 1980s put more efforts on public understanding of science. We wanted the pupils to be easily exposed to science with various events and programs supported afterschools. The Korea Science and Creativity festival which has been held annually from 1997, was and is the key venue for science and culture which features not only exhibitions of state-of-the-art technologies, but also a wide variety of hands-on programs that allow visitors to experience science first-hand.  Nowadays exhibitions and programs(hands-on activities, workshops, lectures, science shows and etc.) presented during the festival are organized by students, National research institutions, college labs and private organizations promoting science culture. This event lso invites programs from overseas in the meaning of exchanging different science culture. In this mean, this event is now leading the new trend for public engagement in Science.


Facilitator: Leonardo Alfonsi, Eusea

A new musical with dancing molecules? “Biology lesson – the Musical”? No, the new piece by William Ward Murta, Musical conductor at Theater Bielefeld since thirty years, deals with themes which may be unusual for a musical comedy: Nothing less than the question “What is life?” starts a run through two of the most important achievements of science. First: The discovery of the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by James D. Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins and Rosalind Franklin who were honored in 1962 with a Nobel prize. Second: the Human Genome Project which started in 1990 and gets great public attention in 2000, when US-President Bill Clinton declared the deconding was finished at 26th of June. The men and women behind that sensation and their stories, feelings and problems are what William Ward Murta wrote his book and songs about, directe by the old question: What is science nd how large should be its power?


Aleksandra Drecun, Intersection

In this session the purpose is to engage the members of the EUSEA network to start thinking of best practice for how to set up science events based upon the purpose of EC research framework Horizon 2020 and also beyond 2020, and the next European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The session will start with a wide presentation of Horizon 2020 with special focus on how to engage the citizen and go on to focus on RRI with an example from Gothenburg, Sweden where Mistra Urban Futures – a research centre focusing on sustainable urban development – received the first European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation, not least based on its communication and stakeholder engagement work. It will continue with research of citizen science including some examples and experiences, what did research gain to use citizen science? The session will, based on the presentation and example above, end with round table discussion how the members of EUSEA can affect the upcoming EC research framework 2021 and forward.

8 pm: Conference Dinner

Tuesday 30th May 2017

9 – 10 am: Keynote Ivvet Modinou from the British Science Association, Understanding Audiences: Science Festivals and Beyond’

Ivvet Modinou has been working in public engagement with science for over a decade. In her current role as Head of Engagement, she oversees the BSA’s public-facing programmes, including flagship programmes such as the British Science Festival and British Science Week. Her team are also responsible for the BSA’s volunteers across the country; including 34 local branches and 17 scientific sections, all of whom organise, run and contribute to live science events. She also convenes the UK Science Festivals Network.

Before joining the BSA she worked at the Natural History Museum, leading the development and implementation of the Museum’s science communication programme.

Ivvet has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London, and she has developed and delivered science communication training for researchers around the world. She has also been a reporter for the BBC World Service and a sub-editor at The Times. In her spare time, she has co-founded music discovery website and event series

10 – 11.30 pm: Sessions


Facilitator: Cissi Billgren Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet

European Researchers’ Night (ERN) is an EU initiative and an annual event connecting researchers and the public at large on the last Friday in September since 2005. Several Eusea members organise ERN events; last year activities took place in about 250 cities throughout Europe and also in some neighbouring countries. The aim is to stimulate interest in and curiosity for science and research by showing how relevant it is to our daily lives and that researchers are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs.

After more than a decade, experience shows that rather than successful and not successful activities, there are successful and not successful communicators. Researchers’ communication skills, in particular with regard to the communication towards the public at large whichever their age and educational/scientific background, proves to be one of the crucial points for the successful implementation of the Night events.

François Willekens and Colette Renier, responsible for the ERN call at the Research Executive Agency intend identifying effective strategies for improving researchers’ communication skills and for stressing their importance. Come and meet them with your ideas, suggestions, recommendations…


Facilitator: Enrico M. Balli, Sissa Medialab

This is a theatre and improvising workshop for developing science demonstrations with theatre techniques. The aim of the workshop is to offer new ways to charge a demo with tension, emotion and spark. Using theatrical themes such as conflict, involvement, emotion, improvisation you will act out the drama of the experiment and express it. The workshop is open for everybody and no experience in acting is needed.

Ori Weyl is an actor, director and a science communicator. He performs the character “Dr Molecula” on stage and TV. He works with the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem, and guides theatre and science workshops.


Facilitator: Markus Weißkopf, Wissenschaft im Dialog

Engaging different audiences through performing arts is one of the peculiar characteristics of science events. It has proven to be a powerful tool for triggering enquiry-based learning processes too, but is it still a proper approach in the age of responsible research and innovation?

This session will try to answer the question based on the experience of the PERFORM project which goal it is to develop young people’s conceptions and awareness of science, scientists and scientific research, going beyond merely increasing scientific and technological knowledge to developing a reflective knowledge of science.

The discussion will be developed along three dimensions:

(a) the secondary student’s perceptions about science and scientists
(b) the early career researcher’s involvement in the production of science communication contents
(c) the science communicator’s reflection on performing arts used to go beyond the mere wow effect

The discussion will be conducted in a talk show style in which the moderator will alternate short presentations from the speakers and questions from the audience.

11.30 am – 12 pm: Coffee Break

12 – 1.30 pm: Sessions


Facilitator: Aleksandra Drecun, Intersection

In this workshop we will explore the concept and characteristics of Children’s Universities and similar programmes. The term Children’s Universities is a popular label of science engagement for young people at universities or in a close cooperation with higher education institutions. Every year more than half a million children and 15.000 scientists take part in Children’s Universities programmes all over the world. In the workshop you will learn in detail about two specific examples – the Sissa Children’s University (Trieste/Italy) and the KinderuniWien (Vienna/Austria). You will also engage in a discussion game to reflect with us on transitions of traditional science communication objectives to social inclusion approaches, listening, mutual understanding and real participation, as they are becoming more and more common ground of Children’s Universities.


Facilitator: Cissi Billgren Askwall, Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Is a scientist an inventor or an explorer? Is an apple alive? Can a monkey suffer more than an elephant? Tricky philosophical questions sparkle discussions about scientific concepts, ethical issues or the process of science itself. In a philosophical dialogue participants reflect upon the issues at stake while a facilitator structures the answers and stimulates logical investigation. Philosophical dialogue actively and personally engages participants to discuss , thus it is a useful tool to expand and explore the participant’s understanding after a science talk or at a science festival. In this workshop you will participate in philosophical dialogues and you will receive tips and tricks for succesful facilitation. Thus you will discover which roles the philosophical dialogues can play in science communication.


Facilitator: Annette Klinkert, Eusea

RRI is everywhere, but what does it really mean to be embedded in a living environment of diverse interests and expectations? How will you relate to demanding stakeholders around you, ranging from academia to economy, from civil society to policy makers or media?

The session will collaboratively create a dynamic roleplay, involving you into a mutual learning process. The stage and storyline will be based on the NUCLEUS project- defining universities as “cells”, living organisms forming clusters with other cells around them. Each participant will personify these “cells”, striving to create a productive metabolism between the main cell universities and other cells forming a cluster. We will use cards and other methodologies to start conversations about the ways to be a better “cell”-cluster. Participants will have better chances to discover their best collaborative ways, thanks to a new understanding of some of the mechanisms that happen in real life while bringing RRI into practice.

1.30 – 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.30 – 4 pm: General Assembly