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Having fun with Science, European Science Week 2003

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


Seeing science through the eyes of young people is a refreshing experience. It conjures up the memories of discovery and wonder all but lost in the adult world of facts and figures. It leads science out of sterile laboratories and into a new realm of possibilities, with imagination being the only prerequisite.
Every November for the past ten years, Science Week has been turning scientists, teachers and students into actors, science journalists and even poets, lighting a spark of scientific interest among Europeans. The event puts the emphasis on showing rather than telling young Europeans, in particular, how science and technology (S&T) can have a very real and rewarding impact on their daily lives.
Activities such as screenwriting competitions, teaching awards, exhibitions, debates, a newspaper, theatrical performances, fashion shows and guided tours attest to the powerful links between science and society, and the impact of new technologies. During this special week, joint projects by a wide cross-section of contributors from countries across the enlarged Union are presented in the frame of the European Commission's 'Science and Society' programme.

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