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ScienceScovery Report Summary

Project ID: 723011
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ScienceScovery (EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS' NIGHT - TRAVELING THROUGH THE SCIENTIFIC HUB OF THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL)

Reporting period: 2016-04-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Coordinated by INOVA+, SCIENCESCOVERY offered for 2016 a voyage of discovery within the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3), an important and integrated approach to innovation and research. Creating and implementing RIS3 includes identifying niche areas of competitive strength, emphasizing greater co-ordination between different societal stakeholders and aligning resources and strategies between private and public actors of different governance levels. Eight smart specialisation areas were defined in result of an extensive analysis of different scientific, technological and economic fields of expertise where the North of Portugal has a comparative/competitive advantage.
Based on the outmost importance of these areas for the regional and national research and innovation agendas, this ERN project offers a voyage of discovery within the RIS3, where the audience (schools, families, citizens and researchers) is invited to a day of constant interaction with researchers from academy and businesses and to find more about the Scientific Hub of the North of Portugal.
This voyage of discovery through the Scientific Hub was possible thanks to SCIENCESCOVERY metro line where participants had the possibility to choose what smart specialisation areas they wished to explore. Through activities that combined education and entertaining components, the audience had the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the important role of researchers and of the relevant changes that are taking place at a regional, national and European level and in the research and innovation agendas. They could also understand better the types of research careers and how they are exciting and can contribute to the development of the region, besides representing a career option full of potential.

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

WP1 - AWARENESS RAISING
WEBSITE OF THE PROJECT: 7.684 Visualisations; 1.796 Users
SOCIAL MEDIA (FACEBOOK): 840 Likes; 444 (average) Reach (17.753 / 40)
VIMEO/YOUTUBE (plays): 1.000 – Promotional video; 207 - Making-off (promotional video); 194 - Teaser
MASSIVE MAILING (contacts): 2.262 Schools (save the date/registration); 250 Researchers (call for activities/registration); 2.590 Institutions (registration in the workshop/conference)
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS: 100 Selected applicants
PRE-EVENTS (AUTUMN FESTIVAL): 35.054 Visitors; 55.877 Newsletter (receivers); 5.520 Visualisations (webpage of the event)
TRAINING ACTIONS NUMBER (participants): 53 Researchers; 67 Volunteers
MEETINGS (FACE-TO-FACE, BY PHONE, ONLINE): 60 Institutional supporters; 110 Scientific and educative supporters; 215 Schools; 30 Sponsors
NEWS ON INOVA+ WEBSISTE: 23.716 Followers
CONTACTS REACHED THROUGHT THE SUPPORTERS: 47.598 Teachers (newsletter send by AREAL publishers); 96.878 Citizens/Families (news published by Porto Lazer – City Council of Porto); 103.192 Volunteers (news published by FAP); 300 SMEs (news and mailing sent by the clusters to their associates); 500 Researchers (news and mailing sent by the higher education institutions and research/interface organisations)

Estimated 375.000 people made aware of the European Researchers' Night and its objectives

WP2 – ACTIVITIES DURING THE NIGHT
SUPPORTING ORGANISATIONS/COOPERATING BODIES ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT: 10 Institutional Supporters; 50 Scientific and Educational Supporters; 70 Schools; 6 Sponsors
RESEARCHERS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT: 50 Research organisations/groups; 200 Researchers
VOLUNTEERS INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT: 100 Volunteers
PARTICIPANTS/ATTENDANTS: 5.300 Schools (students and teachers); 150 Researchers; 2.500 Families/Citizens
ACTIVITIES DEVELOPED: 50 (Science at the Hall); 6 (Science at the Gardens); 4 (Science at the Library)

47.500 people having taken part in the activities, of which 30.000 to the teaser event.

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)

WP3 – IMPACT ASSESSMENT
Nº of stakeholders involved in the awareness campaign: 375.000
Nº of synergies with other regional, national and international events: 47 (estimated total reach of 168.867)
Nº of supporting organisations / cooperating bodies actively involved in the implementation of the project (by typology) 134 (Institutional Supporters: 10; Scientific and Educational Supporters: 50; Schools: 702; Sponsors: 6)
Nº of researchers actively involved in the project 350 (200 facilitating activities + 150 attendants)
Nº of researchers funded by Horizon 2020, including M(S)CA actively involved in the project: 1
Nº of volunteers actively involved in the project (100)
Nº of attendees in the project events (by typology): 43.004 (7.950 at the event, including: 5.300 students and teachers, 150 researchers and 2.500 families/citizens+ 35.054 at pre-event).
% of attendants satisfied with the event (coordination, venue, activities offered): 75%
Nº of participants per activity: 90 (average 5.000 participants by 56 activities)
Nº of participants with intention to attend similar events in the future: 70%
INCREASED AWARENESS AMONG THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AND MORE FAVOURABLE ATTITUDE TOWARDS ITS FUNDING:
Level of awareness of stakeholders about the RIS3, its key players and their work: Increase in the 25% - Yes (85% of survey respondents)
Level of awareness of stakeholders about ERN and projects supported by the EC: Increase in the 25% - Yes (85% of survey respondents)
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE KEY BENEFITS THAT RESEARCH BRINGS TO SOCIETY
Level of awareness of stakeholders about the benefits that research brings to society: Increase in the 25% - Yes (100% of survey respondents)
TACKLING AND REDUCING EXISTING STEREOTYPES ABOUT RESEARCHERS AND THEIR PROFESSIONS
% of attendees that have positively changed their perception about researchers and research careers: Increase in the 25% - Yes (100%)
INCREASE, IN THE LONG TERM, OF PEOPLE UNDERTAKING UP RESEARCH CAREERS
% of attendees that expressed interest in science and research: Increase in the 60% - Yes (100%)
% of students that expressed interest in embark in research careers: Increase in the 20% - Yes (75%)

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Record Number: 198077 / Last updated on: 2017-05-16
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