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beSCIENCEd Report Summary

Project ID: 722940
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - beSCIENCEd (beSCIENCEd - Bringing science and research directly to the young people)

Reporting period: 2016-04-01 to 2017-03-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

o Bringing research directly to the (young) people, instead of the usual other way round;
o Enhancing youth’s understanding of science and research and encourage them to pursue a career in the STEM fields to become future scientists;
o Offering a wide range of different research in STEM;
o Enhancing the recognition of researchers and their role in society, showing that researchers are among us;
o Explaining the benefits of research to the public and how it influences daily life;
o Fostering a wide and effective collaboration between students/entrepreneurs/academic and industrial fields, potentiating opportunities for both sides;
o Enable a greater visibility for research centres, students, researchers, college teachers and innovative projects.

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

o Conception, production and display of promotional material, namely folders, programmes, roll-ups, sent to numerous schools in Vienna, as well as to the exhibitors
o Publication of over 20 promotional articles in written press (newspapers and magazines);
o Airing of announcements on local radio stations, including a 20 minutes long interview to a local radio station;
o Constant updating of the project website, namely www.be-scienced.eu ;
o 12.950 views, 2.551 unique visitors in 4.055 sessions, with peaks during the last month before the night, and in particular the last week prior to the event (1.197 unique visitors);
o Publication of a press release;
o Links with popular and institutional websites;
o Constant updating of social networks profiles Facebook, Twitter, Xing and LinkedIn;
o Publication of over 25 posts on Facebook on accounts of ""Science communication platform for young people"", ""PRIA"", ""Young Science"", ""Lange Nacht der Forschung"", ""Höhere Abteilung für Informationstechnologie am TGM"", ""Science Slam Vienna"", ""Austrian Research and Support Centre"" and several other institutions as well as private persons;
o Publication of promotional articles on on-line accounts of newspapers and magazines as well as mention in event calendars;
o Several hundred thousand people made aware of the Researchers' night and its objectives.
o Offer of the activities as planned in the Annex I Part B to the Grant Agreement, namely:
o 8 different activities including:
o 7 Talks;
o 34 Science Boots;
o 16 Workshops;
o 5 Science Slams;
o 3 Teen Science Slams;
o EU Corner;
o CERN Web Cast;
o EU corners;
o social activities;.
o Active involvement of several research and educational institutions, namely
o AIT Austrian Institute of Technology;
o Austrian Academy of Sciences;
o Austrian Center for Medical Innovation and Technology;
o Austrian Federal Office for Water management;
o EVOLARIS next level GmbH;
o Higher Technical Education Institute;
o Institute of Science and Technology Austria;
o Medical University of Vienna;
o Open Science;
o Practical Robotics Institute Austria;
o Rail Tec Arsenal;
o University of Applied Sciences Campus Wien;
o University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten;
o University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences;
o University of Vienna;
o Vienna Open Lab;
o Vienna University of Technology;
o VRVis Zentrum für Virtual Reality und Visualisierung Forschungs-GmbH;
o As well as companies presenting their innovations, namely:
o Boehringer Ingelheim;
o Bosch;
o Infineon;
o Pharmacy Babenberger;
o Wetouch Austria;
o And agencies, namely:
o Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), as well as
o OeAD - Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research.
o Active involvement of 144 researchers, of whom :
o 50 female and 94 male;
o 4 having benefitted from MSC schemes;
o 35 having benefitted from another EU support (FP7, HORIZON 2020);
o from 6 universities, 12 non-university research institutes specialized in STEM, several government initiatives dedicated to enhance youth’s understanding of science and research, as well as 5 companies;
o About 1.900 visitors having taken part to the activities offered.

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)

o Collection, analysis and processing of 199 feedbacks from pupils and students (semi-structured interviews, with set of questions related to both positive and negative aspects of the event), as well as parents and researchers (21);
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors: 11% under 10, 50% aged 10-20, 21% 20-40, 13% 40-60 and 5% 55-75 years), with about 35 % female and 65 % male;
o Overall positive appreciation about the event (activities, interest, contacts with researchers, location and venue, concrete organisation, scheduling…), for small children (3-8) positive feedback reported by their parents ;
o Increased interest for science careers (30 % students and pupils responders);
o improved perception of scientists and their job (23,1 % responders), while 52,8 % already had a clear picture;
o Clear intention to participate in future similar events: 93 % (44 % very interested and 49 % somewhat interested);
o Clear welcome of future similar events also from teachers interviewed, who stated that their expectations had been met or even exceeded during the events (over 80 % of the teachers interviewed);
o Most successful activities; interactive ones, such as hands-on experiments, in particular for young children;
o Possible improvements suggested by responders:
o Other location and venue with closer rooms;
o More targeted advertising, addressing in particular schools, colleges of higher education, universities…
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