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Science Unites ALL

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - SCI-ALL (Science Unites ALL)

Reporting period: 2017-02-01 to 2017-10-31

Europe has been witnessing a rapid increase of scientific developments,innovation and creation in 21st century and transforming into one of the largest and leading scientific hubs of the world in terms of 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 publictogether 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 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 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 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
Overview of the results -WP1
o Design,production and display of promotional material:posters of various formats,flyers,programmes,displayed in the participants' premises as 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 Deliverable1,report on the awareness campaign in 2017)
o Sending of official invitation letters to different public and private destinataries
o Provincial Directorate of Security and Section of Administration Affairs: information on the project and focus on the EUcorner placed within the campus of Governmental Institutions
o Public and private schools in Izmir, by Izmir Provincial Directorate of National Education: announcement of the event, and both the drawing competition among primary and middle school students and the project competition among
high school students having participated in projects of TÜBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
o Constant updating and maintenance of the project website, available in both Turkish and English languages, namely TR
o Links with several popular and institutional websites (listed in Deliverable 1)
o 47077 hits on the project website,9.922 hits on the English page on September 29,2017(total 56.999 visitors)
o Constant updating and maintenance of social network profiles(Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube)
o Facebook page;@bilimbirlestirir,507 likes & 512 followers
o Twitter account;bilimbirlestirir@sci_all, 63 followers
o Instagram account;bilimbirlestirir, 123 followers
o Youtube Account,updated with new videos about the NIGHT
o Publication of on-line news through project partner institutions’ web pages and social media accounts,notably
o Yasar University
o Izmir Governorship
o Istanbul Governorship
o Izmir Directorate of National Education
o Bornova District Directorate of Education
o Institute of Education and Youth Studies Association
o Airing of short videos clips about the activities in Istanbul on TV News both before&after the NIGHT activities children channel of the Turkish National Radio&Television
o About 1750000 people made aware of the European Researchers' Night and its objectives.(in both locations and all around Turkey)
Overview of the results-WP2
o Offer of the activities as planned in the AnnexI PartB to the Grant Agreement,namely:
o Collection and selection of researchers' proposals for activities
o Hands-on experiments
o Demonstrations,simulations
o Science shows
o Talks&chats with researchers
o Competitions,games,quizzes
o EUcorners
o 167events held in 4locations, in cooperation with 5 partners and associated organizations on 29 and 30 September 2017
o 135researchers involved in the activities, of whom:
o 4having benefitted from a MSCA scheme,5having benefitted from another EU support (FP7-HORIZON2020)
o Active involvement of 50volunteering students(visitors' guidance,display of information,assistance to management team)
o About 14000visitors having taken part in the activities offered, distributed as follows;9000 in Istanbul,5000 in Izmir
Overview of the results - WP3
o Collection,analysis and processing of 657feedbacks (surveys pre&post events, some of the pre-event ones conducted facetoface)of which 35,1% fromİstanbul and 64,9%fromİzmir
o Main conclusions
o Typology of visitors:40%male and 60%female, 40,0% aged 16-18, 24,3% aged 13-15,21,51% aged 10-12and 5,38%aged 19-21
o Knowledge about the event: mostly word of mouth via teachers and schools (74,62 %), 15,5% via poster and printed programmes, 3,44% online news and 1,29% by chance
o Overall positive feedback about the event (activities,interest,contacts with researchers,venues and locations,scheduling,concrete organisation)
o Most successful activities: science stands (27,7%)and workshops (60,89%)
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
Science Unites All - Fun Science Show 2016
Science Unites All - Fun Science Show 2017