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FW-SCIENCE2004 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 509052
Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Country: Portugal

Opening up the world of science

Portugal has embarked on an ambitious project to render science more attractive to students and the public, encouraging more people to embrace science careers and boosting the knowledge economy.
Opening up the world of science
The EU has strongly espoused a philosophy of raising public awareness about the importance of science in everyday life to encourage learning and foster interest in the subject. One of the countries that has been keen to encourage younger generations to embark on science-led careers and boost the continent's research and knowledge economy is Portugal. In response, the EU-funded project 'The fascinating world of science' (FW-Science2004) exposed people to science in their daily routines, from biology and chemistry to geology, mathematics and physics.

The project brought together teachers and scientists in the country to present activities that would enlighten the public and school students about the role of science in everyday life. It also related science to questions regarding the universe and issues surrounding the environment. One particularly new area in science that was tackled covered the subject of DNA and related technological advances.

Through many different workshops and lab exhibits, as well as multimedia tools such as CDs and brochures, FW-Science2004 reached its target audience and raised the profile of science in Portugal. The project also produced innovative guidelines and engaging training material that could be used in secondary schools to teach science subjects. Similar initiatives are being conducted across Europe, strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) and the knowledge economy, while helping to ensure a more viable future for the continent.

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