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RENA Report Summary

Project ID: 722973
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RENA (REsearchers' Nights organized by Athens area Research Institutions to convey the science benefits to the public and motivate young people to science careers)

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

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

o To help the public establish the following concepts on Research and Researchers:
o Researchers are not isolated in their labs, they can be found everywhere around us in real life activities; They are everyday people with their own hobbies and their own dedication to their very interesting work;
o Research is the only way to improve and extend our knowledge of the world and its workings;
o Research is the necessary process to lead us to technological progress and higher life quality;
o To motivate the young people to follow research careers:
o The research profession, in any scientific field, is a very interesting, exciting and highly rewarding job.
As a Researcher:
o You are constantly learning new things, never getting bored;
o You have always the feeling of accomplishment;
o You can deploy and develop your full intellectual potential;
o You will be having as much fun as playing with your toys.

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

"1. Awareness
o Conception, realisation of promotional material: posters, roll ups, programmes, invitations, postcards: invitations, posters of various formats, roll-up, banners of different formats, programmes, postcards, cards for pre-events, give away such as balloons, pens, stickers, thematic fliers… displayed during the pre-events and the period immediately prior to the main event;
o Public advertising: display of big banners outside the NHRF premises ( as to be (seen by many drivers and pedestrians) and outside of the main event venue, the Demokritos campus (seen by many drivers and Demokritos visitors);
o Display of postcards and cards for pre-events in all Athens Universities, in the City centre, in the Thession area as well as around the municipality of AgiaParaskevi, in public and private schools, cafés, restaurants and partner institutes;
o Publication of articles , announcements interviews in written press : children and parents' magazines, public magazines, national and local newspapers;
o Publication of over 25 press releases circulated in numerous waves from all partners,
o Airing of announcements, advertising, interviews, appearance of coordinator through national and local radio and TV stations;
o Sending of an invitation to all public and private schools in the Attica area, Ministry of Education, Universities, notably based on numerous partners' mailing lists;
o Promotion during other public events:
o Stand at the interactive exhibition of the Athens Science Festival (5-10 April 2016) ;
o Athens Science Festival, Demokritos Hellenic Forum for Science and Innovation, the 81th Thessaloniki International Fair, NOA special nights;
o NOA Astronomy pre-events: full moon evening with sky observations, concert and photography exhibition, live connection within the evening News of the ERT national TV channel, star gazing with telescope, exhibition of astronomy instruments exhibition and treasure hunt;
o NHRF pre-event for children (12-18): guided tour with hands-on experiments in bio and chemistry labs, and promotion of the profession of the researcher;
o HCMR pre-event at Anavyssos central facilities for students: Interactive activities in Oceanography and Marine and Inland waters Biology, research careers' promotion;
o Scico pre-event: main square of AghiaParaskevi, promotion of the "become a researcher" idea;
o Athena RC pre-event on informatics: interactive activities, robots, photo exhibitions…;
o NCSR ‘Demokritos’ pre-event: science and sports activities for students and public;
o Hellenic Institute Pasteur, Athens pre-event: presentation of young researchers achievements;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of project website , of which the welcome page hosted links to RENA 2016
o 12.867 visitors and 85.877 page views as from August to October 2016;
o Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social networks profiles: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (hashtag #rengreece);
o Promotional campaign through Facebook as the most popular social media in Greece;
o 2.620 page likes (almost 1.000 likes more than last year);
o Total organic reach of over 30.000 users during September (picks during the pre-event dates and the main event date);
o Publication of articles, interviews, announcements, advertising in electronic children and parents magazines, magazines and newspapers;
o 12 interviews by TechTalksCentral available as podcasts;
o About 700.000 people made aware of the European Researchers 'Night and its objectives.

2.Researchers' Night activities
o Offer of activities as described in the Annex I part B of the Grant Agreement, namely:
o Numerous hands-on activities, a large fraction of which specifically addressing kids, students and families;
o Over 20 science shows;
o Several different workshops;
o Several specific kids-oriented activities;
o Many guided visits in participating institutions (in particular aquaria and labs);
o Star gazing sessions (at KryoneriCorinth);
o Competitions and games (numerous game areas);
o Theatre performances;
o Planetarium shows;
o Science talks;
o Exhibitions (scientific instruments, scientific achievements);
o Art and science activities, music performances by researchers;
o European corners;
o Active involvement of over 170 researchers in both preparatory works and implementation of the activities, of whom:
o 10 having benefitted from Marie Curie schemes ;
o 76 having benefitted from another EU support (FP 7 and/or HORIZON 2020);
o Over 12.000 visitors having taken part in the various activities offered, roughly distributed as follows:
o Over 10.000 at the main event at Demokritos;
o Over 1.000 in Crete aquarium;
o About 80 at NOAs night sky observations at Kryoneri, Corinth;
o About 80 in science labs visits, parallel event in Pylos;
o About 500 in Xanthi parallel event (Athena RC)."

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 and analysis of over 2.600 feedbacks, namely:
o Polls from 1.405 visitors;
o Questionnaires prior and during the event addressing researchers (106), volunteers (40), visitors (493), and students (469);
o Main conclusions:
o Typology of visitors: female overrepresented in responders with twice as many women than men, typical profile of attendee: educated young woman, majority with high level (at least university) education, mostly aged 18-45, aged under 45 representing 80 % attendees, many newcomers (although 30 % of students knowing about the institution);
o Overall positive feedback regarding the events themselves
o Most successful activities: robotics and interactive shows/experiments;
o Improved opinion about researchers and their job (slightly higher than in 2014 and 2015);
o Reinforced interest for science after having taken part in the events;
o Awareness about science's positive effect on daily lives: over 90 % of attendees, also convinced that environmental impacts is the major adverse impact of science;
o Characteristics of researchers: curiosity, intelligence, patience, adhesion and passion (according to students responders);
o General inspiration for a research career amongst students responders, in different topics according to gender:
o Male: computer, robotics, space sciences, economics;
o Female: space sciences, social sciences, medical sciences and biology;
o 25% of students having already visited a Research Centre despite the popularity of space sciences;
o No serious difficulty reported;
o Additional effort is required for the awareness of the event among students and attraction and inspiration of more volunteers.

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