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DiscoverResearch Report Summary

Project ID: 633292
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - DiscoverResearch (Discover Research Dublin - European Researchers' Night 2014/2015)

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

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), organised on 26th September 2014 Discover Research Night as part of European Researchers’ Night.
On Discover Research Night, TCD and RCSI offered the general public a wide range of interactive and hands-on activities, providing direct contact with researchers and allowing for discovery, questions and active participation.
The main objectives of the project consisted of challenging perceptions held by the general public about researchers, promoting research as an exciting career option, demonstrating creativity and innovation in research across all disciplines and showing that researchers are dynamic contributors to society.
Interaction with researchers during EU Researchers’ Night also aimed at tackling the remaining stereotypes, which have created barriers between the general public and researchers.
Specific career-focused events identified and promoted arrays of opportunities for research careers, diverse activities which helped showing the public how research benefits the community.
Events showcased exciting innovative research from several academic strands at TCD and RCSI, inviting the public to interact with the vibrant research communities from both participating institutes, aiming to delight and stimulate the imagination of all participants from school children and their families, to visitors to Dublin and the local community.
Activities hosted on the night were grouped under four broad themes :
o Body Parts including "Discover the Brain!", "Mending Broken Hearts", "Attack of the Heart";
o Language, Thought & Knowledge Transfer including "Identities in Transformation", "Living Thought/Thinking Life", "Tower of Babel",
o Creativity in Research featuring "Biodiversity in our Lives" and
o Meet the Researchers including "Thesis-in-3", "Innovation Café", "Women in Science" and "Career Clinic"."

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

Target audiences
o Public at large regardless of age and scientific background;
o School children, parents and teachers, local community groups and young people from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education;
o Undergraduate third level students and parents;
Messages conveyed
o Researchers are amongst us;
o Research is fascinating and integral part of our daily lives;
o TCD and RSCI researchers work to improve quality of life a variety of research (human brain, computer technology, nanomaterials…);
o Innovation is a key to research and future employment;
o Research is a job creator;
o There is a wealth of career opportunities for young people in research institutions in Ireland;
Main communication tools to rely on
Off line
o Conception, realisation and display of promotional material (flyers, posters);
o Publication of articles in written press;
o Airing of interviews, programmes, announcements, advertising on radio and TV;
o Sending of promotional pack to school teachers ;
o Direct mailing to teachers interested in taking part in the activities;
o Direct marketing “researchers on the street” (one week prior to the event)
On line
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website;
o Setting up of a blog “A life of a researcher” published on a weekly basis (at least during the 2 months prior to the event);
o Revamping of social networks profiles (Facebook, Twitter), updating and regular posting;
o Links with other institutional and popular websites;
Promotional material
o Brochures, programmes, teachers’ packs, maps posters,;
o Banners, ads, websites, links to relevant EU websites and social networks;
o Promotional give away (T-shirts, pens, bags, maps, stickers, balloons);
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
Overview of the results
o Conception, production and display of promotional material: fleyrs, programms, map posters, roll up (over 32.000 items);
o Conception, production and display of give away: pens, bags, maps, stickers , dsiplayedd through the EU corner;
o Publication of aticles, interviews, announcements, in printed press (Irish times, Metro Harald);
o Publication of press relase (15 September);
o Airing of promotional spots, announcements, interviews on radio stations (RTE Radio One, Newstalk, RTE Radio One);
o Airing of news on TV stations (RTE One) on the day of the event;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of the project website;
o 9.469 views of the website on the day of the event and a total of 25.808 views during the 3 months-period prior to the event;
o Links with popular and institutional websites;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social network profiles (Facebook, Twitter);
o 590 likers on Facebook, 667 followers on Twitter, 28.600 views on tweets during the 28 days prior to the event;
o Publication of banners linking to the project website on ,;
o Posting of annoucements, articles, interviews on on-line media (Irish Times, the Journal, Silicon Republic, RTE, University Times, Breaking News, Sciecne Ireland, Trinity News, Irish Examiner);
o At least 500.000 people made aware of the Researchers'Night and tis objectives, but more likely over 3,5 million if taking into account the radio and TV total outreach.

Locations and venues
Dublin: TCD main campus Dublin 2(Trinity Science Gallery, Trinity biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity Front Square, Trinity college Institute for Neurosciences, TCD Library, TCD Global Room), ‘European House (Dawson st, Dublin 2), Innovat"

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)

Collection and processing of 88 feedbacks prior to the event (questionnaires, faceto face interviews, polls) and 25 afterwards;;
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of responders: 37,5 % male, 62,5 % female, 38,63 % aged 21-29, 26,1 % aged 30-39;
o Overall positive feedback on the event itself (activities, engaging tlaks, string public engagement, clear identification of volunteers, clear signposting, positive contacts with researchers, scheduling, concreteorgansiation, veneus and location);
o Most popular activities:Hello Brain series of events, exhibition at Science Gallery, guided tours and demos at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute;
o Increased awareness about researchers and the societal importance of their job (77 % responders);
o Suggestions for future improvements, notably with a view to the 2015 event: re-scheduling of some talks (which were actually poorly attended due to the late holding) during the week prior to the event, intensification of advertising of the individual events.

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Record Number: 186572 / Last updated on: 2016-07-13