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European Week of Scientific Culture

The "European Week of Scientific Culture" is the first Europe-wide initiative of its kind. Seeking to emphasize and reinvigorate the relationships between Science and Culture, the "European Week" includes many related events scheduled to take place throughout Europe during 22-...

22 October 1993 - 22 October 1993

The "European Week of Scientific Culture" is the first Europe-wide initiative of its kind. Seeking to emphasize and reinvigorate the relationships between Science and Culture, the "European Week" includes many related events scheduled to take place throughout Europe during 22-27 November 1993.

It's objective is to extend general understanding of science, and knowledge of science topics, among decision makers and the European public. The aim is to emphasize the important place science and technology holds as part of the European cultural heritage, and to encourage thought on scientific issues among non-specialists, invite wider participation, stimulate cultural debate, and to create a greater awareness of the issues raised by advances in science and technology. A further aim is to revitalize science subjects at all levels of education, so that the career of technician, engineer or researcher is given a much more positive image, to attract the quantity and quality of RTD staff required to meet Europe's growing needs.

Open days, conferences, exhibitions, special TV broadcasts and other media presentations will take place in different European countries during the week. These events include:

- Industry and science education (conference in Utrecht on how industry may improve public understanding of science);

- "The power behind the flower" (open days and presentation of plant biotechnology research results in four European laboratories in Koeln, Birmingham, Valencia, Lisboa);

- Genetic and cultural differences and resemblances in Europe (Belgian TV film shown on a number of European channels);

- European Science Centres Association (ECSITE) conference on Science Centres, exhibition and seminar on European climate research, plus open days at the University of Copenhagen;

- The Mediterranean coast (conference in Barcelona plus presentation of field work in Naples on coastal environmental topics);

- Scientific thought and practices in Europe (conference on historical and sociological aspects of science organized jointly by Cite des Sciences, Paris, and Science History Institute, Firenze);

- European networks for scientific culture (twinning of five French centres for scientific culture including Paris, Brest, Aniane, with equivalent centres in other European countries, with exchanges of visitors and materials);

- Energy in European Science Museums (TV programme on the innovative presentation in Barcelona, Manheim, Milan and Paris of scientific aspects of energy);

- DNA before and after the discovery (Trieste, film festival and debates on human imagination in science-fiction and in scientific work);

- Europe Science Camp (overnight camp at the London Science Museum for children chosen from different European countries);

- European science and technology and their history (UK-organized contest for young people run by daily newspapers across Europe);

- The future of scientific culture in Europe (conference on the conditions for diffusion of scientific knowledge organized by institutes in Lisboa, Paris and Rome);

- The most important question (scientific essay writing competition for secondary school students. Stockholm organizer);

- European Science Media Conference and a Scientific Ballet (dance allegory of the Big-Bang, plus a seminar in Geneva for scientific journalists on the problems of scientific information);

- Future astronomers of Europe (contest among nationally selected secondary school pupils. German organizer);

- Synchrotron Radiation, neutrons and biology (conferences and round tables on applications of such radiation in biological research, held at large facilities in Europe, plus Grenoble ESRF open day);

- European chemistry day (conferences and presentations in Strasbourg);

- Thermonuclear Fusion (Brussels exhibition on aspects of current research in Europe and the world);

- Facets of a European research centre (report on activities in the eight institutes of the JRC, established on four sights in different European countries);

- European students and global warming (a media event in Lisboa will publicize exchanges of information between students in a network of schools across Europe);

- Conferences, events and scientific shows in Geneva (several scientific topics considered from the cultural and educational viewpoint);

- Biotech festival for young scientists (initiation of children from different European countries to research in biotechnology undertaken in several Scottish companies, plus lectures by researchers from Dundee University, and Dundee Institute of Technology).
Further information on the "European Week of Scientific Culture", in particular the contact details for each of the listed events, is available from:

Commission of the European Communities
Information and Communication Service
Attn. Mr. M. Andre
Tel. +32-2-2960781; Fax +32-2-2958220

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