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SciFe Report Summary

Project ID: 722990
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SciFe (Science for Life)

Reporting period: 2016-04-01 to 2016-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Main objectives of the SciFe proposal is to bring researchers to the general public, to inspire youngster to embark on scientific careers, to increase awareness of importance of research and innovation activities, with a view to supporting the public recognition of researchers creating an understanding of the impact of researchers' work on citizen's daily life. For that purpose the awareness campaign (AC) to convey messages under the slogan “Science for Life” will be used in 2016 and 2017. On Fridays 30.9.’16 and 29.9.’17 SciFe events will be organized with renewed programs in festive and fun atmosphere in Ljutomer, Maribor, Brežice, Ljubljana, Koper, Izola and Nova Gorica. All SciFe events’ activities aim at offering the public at large an opportunity to cooperate in fascinating experiments, demonstrations, observations etc., to socialize and have fun with researchers in a relaxed atmosphere. The program is appropriate for public in general, regardless their scientific program and especially designed for youngest. SciFe programs’ red line is contribution of science to life in various aspects.

The »European corner« will be prepared in the heart of every RN location: the visitors will be offered information on EC’s various actions and programs, EU material, “the Charter and the Code”, information how young people can become researchers and Framework Program witness’s experiences. Intensive awareness campaign is designed according to its main target. The rich communication mix includes active engagement of the young people through the public call targeting primary and secondary schools. Last but not least, the impact assessment will focus to measure the success and the impact of SciFe activities. All that will be achieved through consortium management of all WPs and harmonised communication mix with general public which takes into account existing recognition of the RN event in certain region and its number of inhabitants.

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 Work Package 1
Tasks undertaken
Please see the relevant part of periodic report.

Overview of the results
Please, find the relevant information in periodic report.

Activities during the Night Work Package 2
Tasks undertaken
Locations: Brežice, Izola, Koper/Capodistria, Ljubljana, Ljutomer, Maribor, Nova Gorica

Venues and Programme of activities
Please, find information in the periodic report.

EU-corners

o Located in a frequented are of each venue
o EU material, “the Charter and the Code”, information how young people can become researchers;
o Display of the European flag, connections to all relevant EU websites (list to be provided by REA), demonstration about at least one research project EU-supported in the area considered, interactive activities;
o Permanent presence of personnel likely to answer public questions about EU policies and programmes, and promoting the European dimension and gender balance in research and innovation (women in science);
o Testimonials/activities conducted by researchers funded by Horizon 2020, including Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (having been abroad or being on site), who will also take part in the activities organised outside the EU corner.

Overview of the results

o Offer of the activities as planned in the Grant Agreement Annex I b, with some limited changes, such as:
o IZOLA:
o Addition of one venue in Izola namely the Faculty of Health Sciences; o Addition of several activities not explicitly planned in the Annex, such as those undertaken in Simonov zaliv-Simon’s bay (diving into the archaeology, how to make a mosaic, scriptura romana
o NOVA GORICA:
o Addition of several activities not explicitly planned in the Annex such as a literary walk around Nova Gorica and Gorizia, Italy, Displays and workshops on the Bevkov Trg square depicting the research work of the University of Nova Gorica, with the Slovenian Red Cross resuscitation methods and defibrillator use;
o Movies, quizzes and presentations in Bevkov Trg square instead of sky observations due to bad weather conditions;
o LJUBLJANA:
o Guided tour of natural reserve, test of field equipment;
o Organisation of a roundtable on the topic of Researcher’s Image with 5 interviewees in Citypark;
o LJUTOMER: simulation of First Slovenian camp;
o KOPER:
o Exhibition "Trompe-l'œil - Image interdisciplinary mixture of meeting the science and art";
o Experimentation, the road to knowledge and broadening our horizons;
o Insights into the world of handmade books – a workshop of handmade paper with the basics of printing and bookbinding;
o Workshop about the archaeology;
o Social programme: orchestra from Music School Koper called Brass-band KIP,(leading and vocalist by well-known researcher);

Active involvement of 250 researchers, of which:
o 10 having benefited from MSCA schemes;
o 32 having benefitted from another EU support under FP 7 or HORIZON 2020;

o 18.860 visitors having taken part in the activities offered.

Impact Assessment Work Package 3

Tasks undertaken
Please, find detailed description in the periodic report."

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, analysis and processing of 661 feedbacks through on line surveys and on site ones, and results collected from focus groups;
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors: all components to public at large, with however an underrepresentation of the age category between 18 and 35, balanced gender representation;
o Overall positive feedback about the events themselves (activities, interest, contacts with researchers, concrete organisation, scheduling, venues and locations, event generally considered as infromative, interesting and educational);
o Increased awareness among the general public of the importance of research and innovation and more favourable general attitude towards its funding, in particular amongst young people;
o Improved understanding of the potential key impact of research on society, with a special focus also set to the students at national level;
o Reduced stereotypes about researchers and their job, notably thanks to the organisation of direct contacts between researchers and visitors;
o No significant differences between perceived and ideal researchers' image;
o Researchers perceived as interesting, pleasant, organised, team-oriented, engaged, contemporary, neither poor nor wealthy, with rather complex personnality, intelligent, crative and active;
o Increase, in the long term, of people taking up research careers, notably through the illustration of the positive impact of research on citizens' daily lives and the direct exchanges between researchers and visitors, combined with the opportunity to discover some unexpected and fascinating aspects of the job directly during the events.;
o Possible future improvements:
o With a view to future events, need to extend the promotion activries on a longer period; o Need to focus on target groups, in particular aged 18-35 (underrepresented as referred to above);
o Focus on entrepreneurial spriit as to avoid too conservative an image of science, such as stressing the possible connections between science and tourism (scientific centres morphed in tourists spots towards "living museums");
o Improved and more active targeting of young adults."

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