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F.I.T. for Future Report Summary

Project ID: 633355
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - F.I.T. for Future (F.I.T. for Future)

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

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"During the Austrian 2014 Researchers'Night, visitors could discover, try and take part in projects. There were also the possibility of asking questions to the researchers and also discuss some topics. The European Corner as well as other programme points offered information about support from the European Union, projects sponsored by the European Union and research within Europe. A "wheel of fortune" game was organised, rewarding the attendees able to answer on questions about Europe and its activities.
In the German language, the acronym FIT can stand for “Forschung, Innovation and Technology” (“Research, Innovation and Technology”). This special understanding of F.I.T.ness states that research, innovation and technology are the keys to the most important challenges of our society.
F.I.T. for future, Vienna Researchers’ night in 2014, notably intended illustrate the European efforts for coping with the manifold complex questions concerning future and to solve the upcoming problems.
The project especially addressed demographic change and well-being, food security, smart, green and integrated transports and inclusive, innovative and secure societies amongst the various societal challenges identified in HORIZON 2020.
The broad and varied programme of activities offered was articulated around the following pillars:
o F.I.T.ness-Center offering various interactive installations, hands-on experiments, games, quizzes and similar actions;
o F.I.T. with researchers: personal exchanges with researchers, science slam, speed dating, short lectures…
o F.I.T. for Timeshift: illustrating the research’s impact on society both in the past and in the future;
o F.I.T. Art and Science: artistic activities in strong relation with science: sound installations, theater, music performances, stage researchers and their lives (e.g. a play about Marie Curie, Hedy Lamarr and Lise Meitner or address certain research topics (e.g. theatre),
o F.I.T. for Europe: European Corner: presentation and explanation the way European Union supports science and research, with also some quizzes and games dedicated to Europe and the MC actions more in particular;"

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 Special attention to be paid to kids and young people, in particular those facing or about to face a career choice;
Messages conveyed
o Researchers are amongst us;
o Researchers are ordinary people with an extraordinary job;
o Research is fun and fascinating;
o Research helps citizens’ daily lives and well-being;
o Europe cares for research and researchers;
o Europe supports the research efforts for solving important current challenges such as climate change, green, smart and integrated transport, inclusive, innovative and secure societies, food security..;
Main communication tools to rely on
Off line
o Publication of articles, announcements, advertisements in at least 2 Austrian newspapers;
o Publication of press releases (June, September and after the event), displayed to European and Austrian specialised journalists;
o Airing of promotional posts, programmes, interviews of researchers on several radio and TV stations ( Campus radio, local one, C-TV, distributed in Vienna, Lower Austria and partially Styria, UPC cable TV…);
o Launch of competitions dedicated to the theme “FIT for future”(submissions to be uploaded on YouTube)(competition announced also on line, on social networks and directly), selected entries and winners to be presented during the event itself;;
o Direct invitations sent to 700 selected persons (opinion leaders, policy makers);
o Direct mailing to coordinator’s mailing list;
o Setting up of media partnership with a national medium;
o Public advertising and display of promotional material (flyers, posters, programmes to schools and universities as well as in St Pölten, Vienna and surrounding cities;

On line
o Revamping , constant updating and maintenance of project website;
o Revamping, updating and maintenance of social networks profiles;
o Links with several websites (participants, institutional and popular ones);
o On line advertising (social networks, websites, blogs);
o E-mailing to network of contacts;
Promotional material
o Posters, flyers, programmes;
o Ads, banners, websites, links;
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 with QR codes) (displayed through the European corner notably), complying with the general guidelines available at
Overview of the results
o Conception and realisation oif promotional material namely invitiation cards, posters, roll ups, beach flags…
o Public advertising: city lights in public places, promoiotnal spots displayed in cinemas, display of posters in schools, infoscreens, gidi light spots in railway stations;
o Publication of aticles in daily newspapers;
o Publication of press releases to 12 main medias and main science institutions;
o Airing of promotional radio spots in 3 different radio stations;
o Publication of specific newsletters FH St. Pölten, FH St. Pölten Alumnis
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social network profiles;
o General invitation mailing (Coordinator's mailing list notably);
o About 750.000 people made aware of the Researchers'Night and is objectives.
List of locations and venues involved
Vienna: Hall of sciences;
Main types of activities planned
Improvisation theatre, researchers’ dating, hands-on experiments, demos and simulations, guided tours, paper chase, interactive installations and games, interactive large scale projections, workshops, roundtables, science slam, science opera, science cinema, science clubbing, European corners…

Detailed programme of activities
o Common overall theme: F.I.T. for future;
F.I.T. ness Centre
o Interactive installations, games, debates;"

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)

Overview of the results
o Collection and processing of filled in questionnaires;
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors: average age 36, 40,7% male and 59,3% female, over 92 % first comers, media acquaintances, website and print media main soruces fo knowledge about the event, general interest for science and particular connection with one component mostly justifying the coming to the event;
o Overall positive feedback regarding the event: over 90 % of visitors condsieirng it as excellent or very good,;
o Almost all visitors expressed the intention to attend a future similar event;
o Awareness about the importance of research in Austria, 74 % of responders considering that it should however be reinforced;
o Scarce knowledge about EU programmes and HORIZON 2020 in particular (74 % not aware).

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Record Number: 186574 / Last updated on: 2016-07-14