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LUNA 2016 Report Summary

Project ID: 722443
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - LUNA 2016 (LUnga notte della Ricerca - Lange NAcht der Forschung)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2016-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

In South Tyrol, expenditure on research and development accounts for only 0.7% of the gross domestic product. This compares with 1.26 for Italy and 1.63% for the EU.
The new provincial government wants to change the previous political course and intends to promote research more vigorously.

Specific objectives are as follows:

- Promote an interest in science in young people as well as in adults and to establish a new tradition for science and innovation.
- Offer opportunities for discussion with researchers and for accessing information about research projects in our region.
- Show how innovation and research can help to set an individual problem into a wider context, thus providing a bigger picture.
- Visitors will experience the impact of science on their daily lives and its importance for their future.
- Offer an insight into diverse scientific topics and the opportunity to get “immersed” in activities aimed specifically at children, families (for the most part) or adults.
- Point out the importance of EU support for research, and the strategic importance of European cooperation.

All the above will support the over-arching objective of increasing public awareness of researchers and promoting careers in science.

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

Targets:
o The general public, children, students, adults; Research partners;

Communication tools
Off line
o Production and display of promotional material;
o Publication of inserts, articles and editorials in national and regional newspapers;
o Publication of the programme as an insert in the largest circulation local daily newspapers;
o Public advertising: display of video clips in local cinemas, city highlights;
o Airing of promotional spots on regional radio and TV;

On line
o Revamping, updating of the project website;
o Links to the partners’ websites;
o Revamping and updating of social network profiles
o General e-mailing;

Overview of the results
o Over 20 articles and features in printed, on-line media, radio and TV;
o Airing of promotional spots on regional radio stations;
o Over 7.000 views on YouTube;
o Over 12.000 views on Facebook;
o Over 300.000 people made aware of the European Researchers' Nights and its objectives.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE NIGHT

List of locations and venues involved:
Eurac; Unibz; IDM; Agency for Civil Defence; NOI Tech park; Claudiana Medical School; Fraunhofer Research Italia; Bolzano Hospital; Museum for Natural History; ClimateHouse Agency; Museion – Museum for modern art; Alperia Energy; Southtirol Mobility; Laimburg Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry; IIT-H2 Southtirol; Flow measuring post river Talvera; Microgate;

Activities
o Common theme to all venues/locations: "the big picture";
o List of the types of activities planned: Competitions between visitors and between researchers and visitors, interactive presentations, entertaining lectures, demos, simulations, experiments, games, quizzes, the After Science party, opportunities for discussions over a drink…

Detailed programme:
"EURAC 2036, Sofia’s World":
o Projection into 2036 following Sofia, a girl aged between eight and ten years, a animated character with a virtual presence all over the venue. Sofia presented the following topics:
o How I spend my weekends
o My city
o My place
o My doctor:
o When I grow up, I want to be… ( EU-Corner);
o My library
o Highlight: Science vs Science fiction: interactive presentation every 20 minutes, alternating between German and Italian;
o Closing: “After-science party”;

IDM:
o Central topics: repairing, making, recycling, upcycling and energy efficiency.
o Repair Café
o Disassembly Café
o Making New Products
o Exploring NOI Techpark

UNIBZ:
Insight into the activities carried on in the laboratories:
o Computationally-Creative Concept Invention in Music and Mathematics: demo on how computers can use pre-existing concepts and combine them artfully and in surprising ways to generate novel and useful outputs;
o Authenticity of typical food from South Tyrol: explanation of the isotope analysis using an isotope ratio mass spectrometer;
o Learnscapes: demo on the Landscape-platform's working, both as a website and as an app on mobile devices;
o The research project EDDES: (Educating with/through design: stimulating creative learning in school and museum contexts);
o Printed and Sunk: naval battle game using 3D-printers and Arduino computers;

EU-corners:
o Located in a frequented area:
o 3 EU-Corners, one at each headquarters of the consortium EURAC, unibz and IDM;

Overview of the results
o Hundreds of activities distributed in 130 interactive stations;
o Within 16 different venues within the city;
o Setting up of links between the various venues (8 busses continuously circulating on 2 routes as from 5 p.m. until 0.30 a.m. on Saturday);
o 700 researchers actively involved in the activities, amongst which:
o None having benefitted from MSC schemes;
o 18 having benefitted from another EU support under FP 7 or HORIZON 2020;
o Around 12.000 attendees having taken part to the various activities.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Tasks undertaken:
Content of the assessment methodology
o Quantitative data about the event;
o Qualitative: opinion of participants on researchers and their job
o Comparison of opinions if similar questions have been asked after past events.

Implementation of the assessment methodology:
o Questionnaires ex ante and ex post;
o Questionnaire displayed at the entrance, visitor identified with QR code, and questionnaire post-event (with the same QR code) attached at the end of the pre-event interview;
o First part (ex-ante)compiled by interviewer, second part (ex-post) by the responder;

Overview of the results:
o Collection of 1.367 feedbacks, of which 755 ex-ante questionnaires and of 612 ex-post questionnaires;
o Analysis and processing of 612 valid questionnaires (against 518 in 2014);"

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 of 1.367 feedbacks, of which 755 ex-ante questionnaires and of 612 ex-post questionnaires;
o Analysis and processing of 612 valid questionnaires (against 518 in 2014);
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors: 55% coming from Bolzano, and 45% from other municipalities, 57 % first comers, while 43 % having participated to one or more previous similar event, 18 % aged 15-20, 22 % 21-30, 16 % aged 31-40, 29 % aged 41-50 and 15 % over 51, 37 % having a high school degree, and 40 % having a master degree or higher background, 80 % not related to any researcher/person working in research, or involved in any research issue(in particular with regard to kids and teenagers)
o Knowledge about the event: radio 14 %, TV 5%, printed newspapers 16%, online newspapers 31%, social media 13%, word of mouth 33 %;
o Overall satisfaction about the event (very satisfied/satisfied) 84 %, programme(very satisfied/satisfied) 74 %, availability/ accessibility of researchers (very satisfied/satisfied) 81%, Logistics (very satisfied/satisfied) 71 %) and information displayed during the event (very satisfied/satisfied) 73 %;
o General intention expressed to attend in a future similar event;
o Improved public image of researchers throughout all age categories (43 %);
o Increased interest fro research careers amongst young people (77 %);
o Overall satisfaction about the mix between researchers'/science's linked activities and entertaining ones.

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Record Number: 195183 / Last updated on: 2017-02-22
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