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RiNG-14-15 Report Summary

Project ID: 633363
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RiNG-14-15 (European Researchers' Night in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2015)

Reporting period: 2014-06-01 to 2014-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"The European Researchers' Night 2014/2015 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, RiNG-14-15, gathered research communities from Republika Srpska and Federation of BiH, jointly promoting scientific careers and enhancing public recognition of researchers' work with the message "Researchers are amongst us". In such a context, interactive communication was engaged with the public at large on the whole national territory.
Organised for the third time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, RING-14 offered a broad range of activities addressing the public at large in all its components with, however, a strong focus on young people, in particular those about making a career choice, as well as on kids.
In such context, the main motto chosen for the activities consisted of “Sign for Science”; the awareness campaign accordingly referred to "traffic signs"; a real life roadmap on how to find science, how to investigate, and how to reach the innovations was developed. All the activities were articulated on creating a sort of “science traffic school” in an open area (Traffic signs and traffic controllers leading participants to specific areas).
Amongst the numerous activities offered, one may list:
o Edutainment parks with hands-on experiments, directly engaging general public into communication with researchers;
o High school competitions for the best science projects;
o Science coffee and talks to scientists, labelled as "RiNG ME";
o Various competitions, games and quizzes, especially directed to younger audience;
o Lectures and presentations;
o Large EU area: EU corners with policy and gender issues advisory, as well exhibition of EU-funded projects in BiH;
o Thematic activities at supporting universities, research centres and museums;
o Science Movie Night and Science Party."

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Target audiences
o Public at large regardless of age and scientific background;
o Special attention to be paid to students at high schools and young people especially those facing a career choice;

Messages conveyed
o Researchers are amongst us;
o Researchers are ordinary people with an extraordinary job;
o What’s up with research and innovation?
o Research eases your life and increases your wellbeing
o Research is fun;
o Being researcher is exciting;
o Science makes a difference;
o Sign for Science!

Communication tools to rely on

Off line
o Publication of articles, announcements advertisements in in local and national newspapers and magazines;
o Airing of promotional spots, announcements, interviews, programmes on various radio and TV stations (national and regional);
o Publication of press releases;
o Organisation of 2 press conferences per Researchers’ Night;
o Visits to schools by scientist;
o Open labs days at supporting organisations;
o Public advertising: display of posters, city lights, banners, in public spaces and transport means;
o Distribution of promotional material in public spaces such as libraries, squares, cinemas, restaurants, cafés…;
o Direct mailing with personalised invitations;

On line
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website (detailed programme, venues, information about EU and Researchers’ night);
o Revamping updating and maintenance of social networks profiles (Facebook, Twitter, science news, community building actions, calls for competitions);
o Display of promotional video on YouTube, video recordings at event and pre-event activities;
o Electronic mailing for registered users: registration to specific events, newsletter and events reports with videos and pictures;

Promotional material
o Written promotional material (folders, notebook, posters, flyers…);
o Ads and banners, websites (links with EU, institutional and popular websites);
o Mention of "This European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions" on all promotional material displayed;
o Promotional gadgets (such as T-shirts, stickers, key chains…)(displayed through the European corner notably), complying with the general guidelines available at http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/communication/services/visual_identity/index.en.htm

Overview of the results
o Conception, realisation and display of promotional written material (namely leaflets and posters, printed programmes for lectures and science cafés)) displayed in public areas and educational institutions;
o Realisation of a promotional video;
o Publication of several press releases;
o Organisation of 2 press conferences;
o Public advertising: display of posters and distribution of leaflets in educational institutions, high schools, research institutions, kindergartens, coffee shops, restaurants, youth gatherings, public spaces, supporting institutions' premises, as well as in shopping malls, cinemas, libraries, museums, city halls…;
o Outdoor advertising: direct distribution of promotional written material in streets and public areas in the ciries involved (namely Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Mostra and Sarajevo), billboards, city lights, banners;
o Airing of promotional spots, announcements, interviews, live shows on national and local radio and TV stations (Balkan radio, RTRS, ELTA cable TV in Banja Luka, TV sarejevo, Face TV, RSG and Antena Sarajevo, RTRS, RTV BN, NTV Arena, RTV Slobomir in Bijeljina)…
o Revamping, upatding and maintenance of project website www.nocistrazivaca.ba and links to popular and institutional websites (such as www.euinfo.ba, www.europa.ba, www.spu.ba...);
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social network programes, namely Facebook and Twitter, as well as YouTube;
o Publication of banners on partners' and several other websites;
o Sending of e-invitations, display of action's programme through mailing lists, social networks, and web portals;
o Organisation of several pre-events, namely:
o 2 flash mobs;
o Visits to elementary schools, high schools, university faculties, research institutes;
o Promotion of the action during other public events organised by project partners;
o Over 600.000 people made aware of the Researchers'Night and its objectives.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE NIGHT

List of locations and venues involved
o Banja Luka (central location, pedestrian areas, mix of open air and closed venues): Musical pavilion Staklenac, Youth Centre Banja Luka, National Library, Republika Srprska museum, children theatre, K.S.E.T. for science party;
o Sarajevo (central locations, pedestrian areas, mix of open air and closed venues): Tito Coffee, Vilsonovo pedestrian area, Vilsonovo open air stage, History Museum;
o Bijeljina: Cultural centre Semberija
o Mostar: Spanish square, old bridge plato, Herzegovina museum, centre for technological culture, gymnasium, city park, club Aleksa, youth cultural centre Abrasevic;

Main types of activities planned
Science shows, hands-on interactive experiments, science coffee, magic tricks, games and Quizzes, competitions, display of Movies, presentations and Live Link, showcase of research works, lab visits, open Nights, European corner, Science party;

Detailed programme of activities
o Common theme to all venues and locations: “Science Traffic School”;
o Deployment of researchers in the event area as “traffic controllers” with the sign “RING ME”;
o Activities planned:
o Science shows: navigate through science;
o Hands-on experiments:
o Science cafés: dating with researchers;
o Magic tricks, games and quizzes;
o Competitions: high school science projects, treasure hunt;
o Display of movies: science movie night;
o Showcase of researchers’ work: science and innovation fair, various models and presentations;
o Lab visits (open nights at supporting universities and organisations);
o Science party (musical band or DJ);
o European corners;
o Activities planned jointly with other EU funded projects in the Balkans area (planned for 2015):
o Professor Balthazar rainbow: network of primary schools from different countries, exchange of list of problems and ask for help, best solutions being sent under the form of drawing with an explanation, publicised in a booklet;
o Science future education contest: aimed at describing students’ wishes for science education in the future;
o Presentation of Researchers’ night in retrospective;
o Live shows in streaming;

European corners
Number: 4, one in each city involved
Location: frequented open air areas in Banja Luka and Sarajevo, at reception areas in Mostar and Bijelina universities;
Activities planned:
o Display of informative and promotional material;
o Permanent presence of personnel likely answering all the audience’s questions regarding EU policies and programmes (Representatives of BIH European delegation and representatives of gender centre for promoting gender balance);
o Witnesses by researchers having benefited from EU support about their experience and research mobility;
o European Researchers' Night MSCA roll-up (entrance of the event) complying with the following content and format requirements: 200 X 85 cm, and the mentions: "European Researchers' Night", "Marie Skłodowska-Curie: an inspiration to follow";
o An image to be provided on due time by the European Commission;

Overview of the results
Organisation of the programme of activities as planned in the Annex I part B to the grant Agreement, namely:
o Organisation of over 80 different activities in the 4 cities involved (6 different venues in Banja Luka, with 22 different activities, 4 venues in Sarajevo with 26 different activities), 11 different activities in Bijeljina);
o Main types of activities: interactive experiments, competitions, star gazing, science and innovation fair, kids science park, lectures and games, organised in various dedicated areas (traffic school for science) also referring to European and gender dimensions;
o Over 1.400 people involved in the organisation of activities (researchers, innovators, exhibitors, edutainers, lecturers…);
o 319 researchers involved in the activities, namely 147 in Sarajevo, 62 in Bnja Luka, 90 in Bileljina and 20 in Mostar) of whom 35 having benefited from EU support in the past;
o About 10.900 visitors having taken part to the activities offered, distributed as follows:
o 5.200 in Banja Luka;
o 3.700 in Sarajevo;
o 1.000 respecviely in Bijeljina and Mostar.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Description of the current situation
o Bosnia and Herzegovina report WBC INCO NET 2011;
o Eurobarometer public opinion study about science and researchers;
o Public perception studies performed during previous Researchers’ night editions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012 and 2013);

Tools
o Various questionnaires ex-ante, on-going and ex-post:
o Primary data collection;
o Addressing kids on perception of researchers;
o Self-administered, collection of qualitative data using open and semi-structured questions;
o Addressing researchers: observations about specific questions/topics asked by audience and general appreciation of the event;
o Drawing activity (ex-ante, on-going, ex-post): addressing children, drawing their impressions on scientists;
o Focus groups:
o Selected from event attendees registered for science cafés:
o Two focus groups after the event (Banja Luka and Sarajevo);
o Participation rewarded;
o Poll (ex-ante, on-going, ex-post)via the project website, questions about potential impact of scientists on society and economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

Indicators and parameters to be applied
o Qualitative: public opinion on researchers and their job (associations with the word "researcher", characteristics of "actual researchers", characteristics of "desired researchers"), interest expressed for science and research, interest expressed for science careers, typology of attendees (age, gender, occupation, background…), intention to attend similar events in the future and involvement of researchers funded by Horizon 2020, including Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions in the activities of the NIGHT;
o Quantitative: number of attendees, rating of the event, participation in various activities (number of participants in each activity offered), number of hits on website, number of friends and followers on social networks, number of promotional items displayed and media coverage.

Selection of the sample
o Method: sampling in main pedestrian areas, high schools and university campuses in participating cities;
o Absolute figures: ex-ante, general public: 300-400, randomly selected after the event: 300-400, 120 entries for drawing activity, 60 for focus groups.

Overview of the results
o Collection and processing of 921 feedbacks from attendees (about 8 % of overall attendance);
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors:
o 49,7% male and 50,3% female, average typical visitor aged 23, female, most often a college or university student, followed by high school students;
o 95,4% visitors coming from Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar and Bijeljina, the rest coming from neighbouring cities;
o Educational level during the event distributed as follows: High school 57,1%, University graduate 22,3%, primary school 13,7%, college 4,7%; PhD/MA 2,1%;
o Typical visitors: High school students, Students and young professionals, Young parents with children;
o Overall positive feedback about the event (activities, interest, contacts with researchers, concrete organisation, scheduling, venues and locations…);
o Increased awareness about researchers' job societal impact;
o Increased interest about science careers, in particular amongst young people;
o Most successful activities: high school competition and drawing competition, interactive experiments, star gazing, kids science park and lectures;
o Some not that successful activities due to bad weather: science café, night at the museum in Banja Luka, open-air theatre show and concert in Sarajevo, coffee with a scientist in Mostar;
o Some locations part of the B plan (in case of bad weather) actually prove insufficient to host the flows of visitors present, which caused long queues and problems (planned to be tackled for the 2015 event).

Deviations from Annex I
o Most activities were organised as planned in the Grant Agreement Annex I part B;
o Nevertheless due to bad weather conditions, several activities initially planned in the open air had to be moved inside premises, such as:
o Banja Luka: from open air parks, namely Petar Kocic park and Krajina square, to the Youth Centre, with additional venues such as Museum of Republic of Srpska, Children’s theatre of RS, National and university library of RS.
o Bijeljina: actvitiew were moved to the city centre (cultural centre) from the initially planned Kralj Petar Karađorđević Square;
o Mostar: activities offered in 8 venues within the city, namely Španski trg, Gimnazija Mostar, Old Bridge, Center for the Technical Culture, City Park Zrinjevac, Museum of Herzegovina, Café Club Aleksa, OKC Abrašević – Youth Centre, substituting the initlaly planned university premises;
o Sarajevo: re-location of some activities intilaly planned open air, in the History Museum's premises;
o Activities initially planned jointly with other Balkans-located projects have been planned for 2015."

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Target audiences

o Public at large regardless of age and scientific background;
o Special attention to be paid to students at high schools and young people especially those facing a career choice;

Messages conveyed

o Researchers are amongst us;
o Researchers are ordinary people with an extraordinary job;
o What’s up with research and innovation?
o Research eases your life and increases your wellbeing
o Research is fun;
o Being researcher is exciting;
o Science makes a difference;
o Sign for Science!

Communication tools to rely on

Off line

o Publication of articles, announcements advertisements in in local and national newspapers and magazines;
o Airing of promotional spots, announcements, interviews, programmes on various radio and TV stations (national and regional);
o Publication of press releases;
o Organisation of 2 press conferences per Researchers’ Night;
o Visits to schools by scientist;
o Open labs days at supporting organisations;
o Public advertising: display of posters, city lights, banners, in public spaces and transport means;
o Distribution of promotional material in public spaces such as libraries, squares, cinemas, restaurants, cafés…;
o Direct mailing with personalised invitations;

On line

o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website (detailed programme, venues, information about EU and Researchers’ night);
o Revamping updating and maintenance of social networks profiles (Facebook, Twitter, science news, community building actions, calls for competitions);
o Display of promotional video on YouTube, video recordings at event and pre-event activities;
o Electronic mailing for registered users: registration to specific events, newsletter and events reports with videos and pictures;

Promotional material

o Written promotional material (folders, notebook, posters, flyers…);
o Ads and banners, websites (links with EU, institutional and popular websites);
o Mention of "This European Researchers' Night project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions" on all promotional material displayed;
o Promotional gadgets (such as T-shirts, stickers, key chains…)(displayed through the European corner notably), complying with the general guidelines available at http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/communication/services/visual_identity/index.en.htm

Overview of the results

o Conception, realisation and display of promotional written material (namely leaflets and posters, printed programmes for lectures and science cafés)) displayed in public areas and educational institutions;
o Realisation of a promotional video;
o Publication of several press releases;
o Organisation of 2 press conferences;
o Public advertising: display of posters and distribution of leaflets in educational institutions, high schools, research institutions, kindergartens, coffee shops, restaurants, youth gatherings, public spaces, supporting institutions' premises, as well as in shopping malls, cinemas, libraries, museums, city halls…;
o Outdoor advertising: direct distribtuion of promotional written material in streets and public areas in the ciries involved (namely Banja Luka, Bijeljina, Mostra and Sarajevo), billboards, city lights, banners;
o Airing of promotional spots, annoucements, interviews, live shows on national and local radio and TV stations (Balkan radio, RTRS, ELTA cable TV in Banja Luka, TV sarejevo, Face TV, RSG and Antena Sarajevo, RTRS, RTV BN, NTV Arena, RTV Slobomir in Bijeljina)…
o Revamping, upatding and maintenance of project website www.nocistrazivaca.ba and links to popular and institutional websites (such as www.euinfo.ba, www.europa.ba, www.spu.ba...);
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social network progimes, anmely Facebook and Twitter, as well as YouTube;
o Publication of banners on partners' and several other websites;
o Sending of e-invitations, display of action's programme through mailing lsits, social networks, and web portals;
o Organisation of several pre-events, namely:
o 2 flash mobs;
o Visits to elementary schools, high schools, university faculties, research institutes;
o Promotion of the action during other public events organised by project partners;
o Over 600.000 people made aware of the Researchers'Night and its objectives.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE NIGHT

List of locations and venues involved

o Banja Luka (central location, pedestrian areas, mix of open air and closed venues): Musical pavilion Staklenac, Youth Centre Banja Luka, National Library, Republika Srprska museum, children theatre, K.S.E.T. for science party;

o Sarajevo (central locations, pedestrian areas, mix of open air and closed venues): Tito Coffee, Vilsonovo pedestrian area, Vilsonovo open air stage, History Museum;

o Bijeljina: Cultural centre Semberija

o Mostar: Spanish square, old bridge plato, Herzegovina museum, centre for technological culture, gymnasium, city park, club Aleksa, youth cultural centre Abrasevic;

Main types of activities planned

Science shows, hands-on interactive experiments, science coffee, magic tricks, games and Quizzes, competitions, display of Movies, presentations and Live Link, showcase of research works, lab visits, open Nights, European corner, Science party;

Detailed programme of activities

o Common theme to all venues and locations: “Science Traffic School”;

o Deployment of researchers in the event area as “traffic controllers” with the sign “RING ME”;

o Activities planned:
o Science shows: navigate through science;
o Hands-on experiments:
o Science cafés: dating with researchers;
o Magic tricks, games and quizzes;
o Competitions: high school science projects, treasure hunt;
o Display of movies: science movie night;
o Showcase of researchers’ work: science and innovation fair, various models and presentations;
o Lab visits (open nights at supporting universities and organisations);
o Science party (musical band or DJ);
o European corners;

o Activities planned jointly with other EU funded projects in the Balkans area (planned for 2015):
o Professor Balthazar rainbow: network of primary schools from different countries, exchange of list of problems and ask for help, best solutions being sent under the form of drawing with an explanation, publicised in a booklet;
o Science future education contest: aimed at describing students’ wishes for science education in the future;
o Presentation of Researchers’ night in retrospective;
o Live shows in streaming;

European corners

Number: 4, one in each city involved
Location: frequented open air areas in Banja Luka and Sarajevo, at reception areas in Mostar and Bijelina universities;

Activities planned:

o Display of informative and promotional material;
o Permanent presence of personnel likely answering all the audience’s questions regarding EU policies and programmes (Representatives of BIH European delegation and representatives of gender centre for promoting gender balance);
o Witnesses by researchers having benefitted from EU support about their experience and research mobility;
o European Researchers' Night MSCA roll-up (entrance of the event) complying with the following content and format requirements: 200 X 85 cm, and the mentions: "European Researchers' Night", "Marie Skłodowska-Curie: an inspiration to follow";
o An image to be provided on due time by the European Commission;

Overview of the results

o Organisation of the programme of activities as planned in the Annex I part B to the grant Agreement, namely:
o Organisation of over 80 different activities in the 4 cities involved (6 different venues in Banja Luka, with 22 different activities, 4 venues in Sarajevo with 26 different activities), 11 different activities in Bijeljina);
o Main types of activities: interactive experiments, competitions, star gazing, science and innovation fair, kids science park, lectures and games, organised in various dedicated areas (traffic school for science) also referring to European and gender dimensions;

o Over 1.400 people involved in the organisation of activities (researchers, innovators, exhibitors, edutainers, lecturers…);

o 319 researchers involved in the activities, namely 147 in Sarajevo, 62 in Bnja Luka, 90 in Bileljina and 20 in Mostar) of whom 35 having benefited from EU support in the past;

o About 10.900 visitors having taken part to the activities offered, distributed as follows:
o 5.200 in Banja Luka;
o 3.700 in Sarajevo;
o 1.000 respecviely in Bijeljina and Mostar.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Description of the current situation

o Bosnia and Herzegovina report WBC INCO NET 2011;
o Eurobarometer public opinion study about science and researchers;
o Public perception studies performed during previous Researchers’ night editions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012 and 2013);

Tools

o Various questionnaires ex-ante, on-going and ex-post:
o Primary data collection;
o Addressing kids on perception of researchers;
o Self-administered, collection of qualitative data using open and semi-structured questions;
o Addressing researchers: observations about specific questions/topics asked by audience and general appreciation of the event;

o Drawing activity (ex-ante, on-going, ex-post): addressing children, drawing their impressions on scientists;

o Focus groups:
o Selected from event attendees registered for science cafés:
o Two focus groups after the event (Banja Luka and Sarajevo);
o Participation rewarded;

o Poll (ex-ante, on-going, ex-post)via the project website, questions about potential impact of scientists on society and economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

Indicators and parameters to be applied

o Qualitative: public opinion on researchers and their job (associations with the word "researcher", characteristics of "actual researchers", characteristics of "desired researchers"), interest expressed for science and research, interest expressed for science careers, typology of attendees (age, gender, occupation, background…), intention to attend similar events in the future and involvement of researchers funded by Horizon 2020, including Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions in the activities of the NIGHT;

o Quantitative: number of attendees, rating of the event, participation in various activities (number of participants in each activity offered), number of hits on website, number of friends and followers on social networks, number of promotional items displayed and media coverage.

Selection of the sample

o Method: sampling in main pedestrian areas, high schools and university campuses in participating cities;
o Absolute figures: ex-ante, general public: 300-400, randomly selected after the event: 300-400, 120 entries for drawing activity, 60 for focus groups."

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Record Number: 186288 / Last updated on: 2016-07-08