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MONTENIGHT2014-15 Report Summary

Project ID: 633406
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MONTENIGHT2014-15 (Researchers Night in Montenegro 2014/2015)

Reporting period: 2014-05-01 to 2014-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The project Researchers’ Night in Montenegro 2014-15 actually consisted of the continuation of its previous editions as from 2009; it was led by the same consortium composed of the Natural History Museum, the Montenegrin Science Promotion Foundation PRONA and the Ministry of Science.

The main objective pursued consisted of strengthening the efforts in bridging the gaps between researchers and public at large in all its components, although a strong focus was put on young people and kids.

The main events took place from the early afternoon on 26 September 2014 until the eraly hours of 27 September, in the Montenegrin capital, Podgorica, as well as in 7 smaller towns such as Porto Montenegro, Tivat, Kotor, Danilovgrad, Nikšić, Bijelo Polje, and Cetinje.

As for Podogorica, the main activities took place at Atlas Capital and at the Natural History Museum; over 200 hands-on experiments, Lego and other robot performances, science quiz, creative experiments, competition for high school students (final round), engineering competition for students (BEST, science and art installations, display of science movies, workshops (inter-disciplinary and inter-generational), science show, astronomical workshop, science cafés, concert…hands-on experiments and meetings with researchers were organised in the museum, while events specially addressing kids and families were offered in the shopping mall. (Science cooking, hands-on experiments, Science kindergarten, Planetarium, and Funny Math).

Guided lab visits (5) were organised at University of Montenegro, Centre for Eco-Toxicological Research, Hydro meteorological and Seismological Service of Montenegro, wine company “13. jul – Plantaze”, also in Podgorica.

As to the smaller towns referred to above, they offered hands-on experiments and interactive presentations within various research entities (Institute for marine biology, forensic institute, water plant, historical museum, botanical garden…)

Researchers’ Night proved once more to be a fun, educational and unique event gathering researchers, general population, the business sector, schools, young-talent programmes, various NGOs, governmental institutions, international agencies and academic institutions.

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

"Explanation of the work carried out during the reporting within the whole project in line with the Annex 1 to the Grant Agreement

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Target audiences

o Public at large regardless of age and scientific background;
o Special attention to be paid to high school; students, university students, young people in general especially when facing a career choice, pre-school kids, elementary schools’ pupils, parents, researchers’ schools authorities and teachers;
o Also focus on researchers themselves and media;

Messages conveyed

o Researchers are amongst us;
o Researchers are ordinary people with an extraordinary job;
o Science is interdisciplinary and researchers need cooperating nowadays for reaching better and faster results;
o Science is fun and enjoyable;
o Learning and practising science is in fact appealing;
o Being researchers is challenging but exciting;
o Researchers work on important jobs for social and economic well-being of local communities and mankind as a whole;
o Europe offers attractive career opportunities to researchers;
o Women in science;
o Scientific knowledge for sustainable development;

Main communication tools to rely on

Off line

o Organisation of media event with journalists as a kick off of the project;
o Direct meetings with various stakeholders (companies, researchers, science networks, universities, institutes, science services, school authorities and teachers, university students’ organisations, organisations of and for young people..);
o Publication of articles , announcements, advertisements in written press;
o Airing of promotional jingles, spots, interviews, programmes, announcements and talk shows on several radio and TV stations;
o Direct invitations to heads of science talents activities in all schools (HSS, school directors, faculty deans, other research stakeholders);
o Direct visits to primary and secondary schools;
o Meetings aimed at describing the interdisciplinarity concept to be presented during the science cafés;
o Organisation of pre-events:
o Promotional hands-on experiments stand in the main shopping malls in Podgorica (Delta and Gintas);
o Open experiments contests for schools (Savnik, Zabljak, Pljevlja, Pluzine, Bar, Berane, Andrijevica, Plav, Rosaje, Ulcinj);

On line

o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of the project website (programme, research in Montenegro, researchers’ profession, interactive functions allowing suggestions/improvements to the programme, suggestions of topics of interest…);
o Revamping, updating and maintenance of social networks profiles;
o E mailing;
o Posting of articles, announcements, promotional items on on-line journals, for a social networks groups (Facebook, Twitter)

Promotional material

o Programmes, leaflets, posters in various formats, bill boards, city lights, video clips, radio jingles, pictures;
o On line banners, ads website and links to several 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 (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 Setting up of visual identity of the project;
o Conception, realisation and display of promotional material: invitations, fliers displayed around the main venue (11.000), brochures/programmes (2.000) displayed during the event, big posters including event programme displayed in schools and faculties one week prior to the event;
o Public advertising: billboards in 6 different locations within the Capital, big tarpaulin close to the main venue, five city lights;
o Direct mailing to numerous potential participants;
o Direct marketing, invitation to heads of Science Talents’ Activities in all the schools, school directors, faculty deans, and other research stakeholders; Specific training was provided to researchers involved during the Summer Science School at the mountain Lovćen;
o Publication of several press releases addressed to media;
o Organisation of a joint press conference on 18 September 2014 of the Open Science Days and Researchers’ Night, reported on TV and radio national stations);
o Airing of promotional spots, interviews, talk shows on several national radio and Tv stations (TV ads on national TV Channel I, TV Atlas and TV Vijesti, Antena M-radio), as well as a 50 min reportage on Scientific and Educational Programme on national TV;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website, as well as of Ministry of Science website www.mpin.gov.me , Open Days website www.daninauke.me and Prona website www.prona.org;
o Over 45.000 visits on the website, of which about 8.000 in August and September (almost doubling compared to last year);
o Revamping of promotional video clip prepared for the last year's edition;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social network profiles (Facebook, Twitter);
o Advertising and announcement on several portals in Montenegro, namely Portal Analitika (www.portalanalitika.me), Café del Montenegro (www.cafemontenegro.com), Portal Pobjeda (http://www.pobjeda.me/), portal Mladiinfo.me and students’ online magazine Tragom.me;
o About 350.000 people made aware of the Researchers' Night and its objectives.

ACTIVITES DURING THE NIGHT

List of locations and venues involved

o Bijelo Polje: mineral water plant ‘”Rada”;
o Cetinje: The National Archives, Historical Museum;
o Danilovgrad: Forensic Institute;
o Kolasin: botanical garden;
o Kotor: Institute of Marine Biology
o Niksic: ENING electronics;
o Podgorica: Atlas Capital, Natural History Museum, Cultural Information Centre “Budo Tomovic”, Delta and Gintas shopping malls, Technical Faculties on University of Montenegro, Center for Ecotoxicological Research CETI; Institute of Hydrometeorology and Seizmology),
o Tivat: Porto Montenegro
o Bar, the Elementary School “Jugoslavija“.

Main types of activities planned

Hands-on experiments, science and art installations, thematic quizzes, planetarium, display of movies, workshops, science café, open science show, astronomical workshops, science kindergarten, competitions, concert happening, European corners….

Detailed programme of activities

PODGORICA

Atlas Capital

o Hands-on experiments by researchers from academic circles, business sector, NGOs, governmental institutions, international agencies, young talents…
o Science kindergarten;
o Science exhibition Italia Del Futuro
o Gala Opening ceremony with Opening ceremony with Mitja Drobnič, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Sanja Vlahovic (Minister of Science) and Jovan Mirkovic (programme coordinator);
o Open science show;
o Display of scientific movies;
o Popular science lectures on various topics of interest;
o Thematic quiz: representatives from primary schools in the city on themes: biodiversity flora, fauna and energy efficiency;
o Science cafés, meetings with scientists:
o Interdisciplinary workshops: flora and fauna, medicinal plants and herbs, sport and science, discussions with various generations of researchers focus on need for interdisciplinarity in science of 21st century, conducted by professional and famous animator, games and entertainment;
o Energy around us and energy efficiency (high school students), sports and sciences, maths, physics, psychology, health, medicine (meetings with the best performers ion sports, creative writing workshop, presentation of top science story;
o The story of the stars, astronomical workshops;

Natural History Museum

o Exhibition: Nature Connects US
o Hands-on experiments by researchers from academic circles, business sector, NGOs, governmental institutions, international agencies, young talents…

KIC “Budo Tomovic”

The movie “The City Dark“, followed by discussion of students with the movie director, Ian Chaney.

Other venues, open labs guided tours

o Trends in construction (associated partner Construction Engineering faculty);
o Open mechanics (mechanical engineering faculty);
o Centre for co-toxicological research;
o Hydro meteorological and seismological service of Montenegro;
o Wine company;

OTHER LOCATIONS

Guided tours and interactive workshops, including hands-on experiments on the following topics:

o Science of sea (Kotor, institute for marine biology);
o Nautical science (Tivat, Porto Montenegro);
o Energy efficiency tour (ENING Electronics, Niksic);
o Forensic science (Forensic institute, Danilovgrad);
o Water as live resource, (Mineral water plant ”Rada”, Bijelo Polje)

European corners
Number: 2
Location: university of Montenegro (hall of technical faculties) and central location;

Activities planned:
o Display of informative and promotional material;
o Witnesses from researchers having benefited from EU support (MSCA schemes or others);
o Presentation of research results of EU-funded projects and of Montenegrin projects;
o Permanent presence of personnel likely answering on the public questions regarding EU policies and programmes;
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 provided by the European Commission.

Overview of the results

o Offer of the activities as planned in the Annex I part B to the Grant agreement, namely:
o Opening ceremony with Mitja Drobnič, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Sanja Vlahovic (Minister of Science) and Jovan Mirkovic (programme coordinator);
o Hands-on experiments, demonstrations, debates with researchers and scientific tribunes, presentations of young researchers to their peers, scientific trips, guided visits to labs, science cafés (tribunes, interdisciplinary workshops, amongst which the main event entitled "sport and science"), quizzes, socialising with researchers, concert…
o Other activities offered through cooperating bodies (serval companies, namely Eding in Niksic, Rada in Bijelo Polje, research institutes, amongst which Institute for Marine Biology in Kotor, Natural History Museum of Montenegro and Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Montenegro in Podgorica, Porto Montenegro in Tivat, Forensic Institute in Danilovgrad, the National Archives in Cetinje, and the Botanical Garden in Kolasin;

o Active involvement of 232 researchers in the activities offered;

o Over 7.000 visitors having participated in the programme (since 7.000 visitors counted at the main event).

IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Description of the current situation

o Eurobarometer survey “young people and science” (part of Researchers night 2009);
o Survey conducted amongst 777 participants during the Researchers ‘night 2009;
o Results of impact assessment exercise in 2013;

Tools

o Ex-ante and ex-post short survey in participating schools;
o Feedback from web based communication (comments on Internet, social networks pages, related to quality of the events, suggestions for improvements, opinion about science research and researchers, opportunities for research work in the country, interest for research amongst young people…;
o Media coverage: media archive of the articles published in both off and on line media;

Indicators and parameters to be applied

o Quantitative: number of attendees, typography of attendees (age, gender, occupation, background), rating of the event, participation in various activities, hits on website,
friends and followers on social networks, promotional items displayed, media coverage…

o Qualitative: public opinion about researchers and their corks (association with the word “researcher, characteristics of actual and ideal researchers, interest expressed for science and research, motivations for attending the event, intention to attend future similar events, involvement of researchers funded under HORIZON 2020 …

Selection of the sample

o Method: survey amongst schools: designed based on statistical information collected by Ministry of Education, others, random selection;
o Absolute figures: at least 800 responses to school survey, and 1.000 feedbacks on other basis."

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)

Main conclusions:
o Overall positive feedback about the event (activities, interest, contacts with researchers, concrete organisation, schedule, locations and venues);
o Typology of visitors: for a large part scholars from elementary and high schools, as well as students and young people;
o Activities most successful: hands-on experiments (students and scholars), tribunes and science café (older attendees);
o Excellent media coverage of the event (TV broadcast; web portals, newspapers…);
o Very positive opinion expressed by responders towards researchers and their potential contribution to society and he country's development;
o General will expressed by responders to take part in similar future events.

The main socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the action is the increased interest for science careers as shown amongst young people, interviewed during the event.

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Record Number: 186289 / Last updated on: 2016-07-08