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SCI-ALL Report Summary

Project ID: 722956
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SCI-ALL (Science Unites ALL)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Europe has been witnessing a rapid increase of scientific developments, innovation and creation in the 21st century and transforming into one of the largest and leading scientific hubs of the world in terms of the scientific production and activities. However, the pace of science and technology production is not equally distributed all over the Europe and there are still serious gaps among countries concerning to the rate of scientific research and development activities. Moreover, all outcomes of this excellence and developments in science still cannot be instrumentalised enough to totally eliminate some serious social problems in the European societies.
While this project pursues the general philosophy and goal of the European Researchers’ Night scheme as to provide a platform for bringing researchers and public together and motivate young people for a scientific career pathways, it also aims to emphasize on how scientific activities and developments can contribute to uniting European society at national and international level by raising awareness on the power of the science for social cohesion, dialogue and also individual development.

Stemming from this general rationale, all activities of the “Science Unites All” (SCI-ALL) Researchers’ Night are constructed on the four main themes. These are: (i) Science unites generations, (elderly people, young people and all adult groups); (ii) science unites cultures; (iii) science unites genders; (iv) science unites stakeholders (research institutions and academia, research and development units of the companies, non-governmental organizations working on scientific development and social media settings that disseminate the scientific knowledge).
Specific aims of the SCI-ALL Night can be listed as:

• to increase awareness among society of the added value of the scientific activities and projects by demonstrating examples which reflect on their lives.
• to open up young peoples’ horizons by enhancing their interest and knowledge on the extensiveness and excellence of the scientific activities through using methodologies with fun and non-formal learning techniques.
• to emphasize how research and science transcends race, ethnicity, culture and gender and address the needs and interests of the all groups and can bring different groups together.
• to create a collaborative environment for researchers from different backgrounds and from different disciplines
• to reach disadvantaged groups especially disabled people, migrant students and NEETs (Not Education, Employment or Training) to show them the benefits of science and research
• to inspire young people for choosing science and research as a career pathway and to encourage them for engaging in research and project activities during their education.
• to demonstrate how scientific activities and research activities develop and boost intercultural interaction and break down the prejudices or stereotypes by emphasizing the importance of science diplomacy and joint research culture.
• to raise awareness about the opportunities in the European Research Area and available support schemes of the EU by gathering students, young people and young researchers together with the experienced researchers who have involved in EU projects and programmes; also to disseminate the results of their projects to the public.

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

"Overview of the results - WP1
o Conception, production and display of promotional material: posters of various formats, flyers, programmes, displayed in the participants' premises a s well as in the public spaces of the cities involved;
o Publication of numerous articles, interviews, announcements in numerous newspapers at national and local levels (listed in Deliverable 1);
o Sending of official invitation letters, namely:
o To the provincial directorate of associations to distribute the Sci-All 2016 activities to all registered associations in Izmir;
o To the provincial directorate of national education to inform schools (public & private schools) about the Sci-All 2016 events as well as organize competitions among students;
o Letters addressed to respectively 6.156 members in Provincial directorate of associations, (2015), 2.813 staff members;
o To public and private schools (primary, middle and high) from Izmir Provincial Directorate of National Education announcing the event and the linked competition (drawing) entitled "the effects of science in our daily life" as well as the competition (projects) addressing high school students titled "increasing quality of life with young inventors";
o Setting-up, constant updating and maintenance of the project website, available in both Turkish and English languages, namely TR http://www.english.sci-all.com;
o Links with several popular and institutional websites (listed in Deliverable 1)
o 23.522 hits on the project website, 1.052 hits on the English page on September 30, 2016;
o Setting up, constant updating and maintenance of social network profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube);
o Facebook page; @bilimbirlestirir , 342 likes;
o Twitter account; bilimbirlestirir @sci_all, 44 followers;
o Instagram account; bilimbirlestirir, 38 followers;
o Youtube Account; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSs5iN2iGHS_rvozr00P1rA ;
o Publication of on-line news through project partner institutions’ web pages and social media accounts, notably: Yasar University , Izmir Governorship, Istanbul Governorship, Izmir Directorate of National Education, Bornova District Directorate of Education and Institute of Education and Youth Studies Association;
o About 750.000 people made aware of the European Researchers' Night and its objectives.

Overview of the results - WP2
o Offer of the activities as planned in the Annex I Part B to the Grant Agreement, namely:
o Collection and selection of researchers' proposals for activities;
o Hands-on activities;
o Demonstrations, simulations;
o Science shows;
o Talks and chats with researchers;
o Competitions, games, quizzes…;
o EU corners;
o Active involvement of 43 researchers, of whom:
o 4 having benefitted from MSC schemes;
o 3 having benefitted from another EU support (FP 7/HORIZON 2020);
o Also involvement of 50 volunteering students (visitors' guidance, display of information, assistance to management team);
o About 14.000 visitors having taken part in the activities offered, distributed as follows;
o 9.000 in Istanbul;
o 5.000 in Izmir."

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 - WP3
o Collection, analysis and processing of 904 feedbacks (surveys pre and post events, some of the pre-event ones conducted face to face)of which 44 % from Basınköy (İstanbul), 33% from Şişli (İstanbul), and 23% from İzmir;
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors: 45 % male and 55 % female, 36,34 % aged 16-18, 28,67% aged 19-21 years old, 3,10 % were over 22 years old;
o Knowledge about the event: mostly via teachers and schools (73,18 %), 11% via poster and printed programmes, 2.5% by chance;
o Overall positive feedback about the event (activities, interest, contacts with researchers, venues and locations, scheduling, concrete organisation);
o Most successful activities: opening ceremonies (67,7 %), science stands (27,7 %);
o Attitudes towards science/scientists: participation in the event positive impact on participants’ attitudes towards science and scientists;
o General intention expressed to take part in similar future events.

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