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LT2016 Report Summary

Project ID: 722959
Funded under: H2020-EU.1.3.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - LT2016 (Researchers' Night: It's Your Friday to Discover!)

Reporting period: 2016-06-01 to 2017-01-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

"The LT2016 Researchers’ Night project for 2016 took place in major Lithuanian cities, i.e. Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipeda, Siauliai and Moletai, as well as in rural areas. The project aimed to enhance public recognition of researchers and
their work through bringing scientists and public closer to one another and thus increasing an understanding of the impact of researchers' work on citizen's daily life as well as encouraging young people to choose careers in science and research. The event offered a broad range of varied activities addressing all categories of the public at large, regardless of age and scientific background, i.e. notably: Meetings and activities together with researchers; Lectures, discussions; Visits to open laboratories; Real life observations and experiments; European corners; Various contests, games, exhibitions, movie and online broadcast watching. All the activities planned actively involved researchers and w offered a balanced combination of ""serious"" activities and funny ones to be attractive for the general public. Activities were hosted in labs, lecture halls, meeting places, cafes, while in the rural areas they took place in schools or public spaces. Common concept for the Night in 2016 and 2017 - Learning about Technology Futures. Therefore activities of Researchers’ Night project in 2016 was organised with focus on Virtual Reality thus building foundations for the Night in 2017 which will focus of ""science futurity"" or Futures of technologies. Researchers’ Night 2016 was finalised with the grand event unifying different fields - music, science and cinema. We had over 980.000 people made aware of the Researchers' Night and its objectives through the awareness campaign and at over 11.500 direct attendees to the various events."

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

Overview of the results for WPs 1 and 2:

- Conception, production and display of promotional material, amongst which a promotional video, posters, billboards;
- Public advertising through billboards in public spaces;
- Airing of promotional spots, programmes, live broadcast and announcements through radio and TV stations (national);
- Publication of a special newspaper dedicated to the events;

Publication of a special newspaper dedicated to the events;

- Organisation of pre-events, participating HTC vive experiences:
+ “VR Laboratory”;
+ Entertainments with HTC Vive, virtual reality system.6 hours;
+ Gathering about 100 visitors, 6 different games;

- Revamping, constant updating and maintenance of social networks profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Facebook being chosen as the main communication tool in the campaign;
- Publication of over 145 posts through Facebook and Twitter;
- Display of the promotional video referred to above through Facebook with 700 views reaching over 2.800 users;
- 12 % additional likers on Facebook (from 12.375 to 13.800);
- Creation of 2 Facebook events, reaching additional 111.000 users, namely:
+ Facebook event for 300+ activities of Researcher’s Night reach of 13.600 users and 2.200 reactions
+ Facebook event for final VR-oriented reach of 97.400 users and 3.700 reactions;

- Over 15.600 reactions (likes and others) to the page posts;
- Promotional announcement of Lithuanian popular websites;
- Over 980.000 people made aware of the Researchers' Night and its objectives;

- Offer of activities as planned in the Annex I part B to the grant agreement, namely:
+ Offer of 320 events in 3 biggest cities and more than 20 smaller towns;
+ Hands-on experiments, demos, simulations, science shows, guided visits to labs, European corners, hands-on experiments, live discussions, lectures, games, competitions, exhibitions, quizzes, guided tours, lab visits, display of films, science-art installations, interactive activities, project presentations, meetings with researchers, etc.
+ Almost 140 events hosted by roughly 40 high schools;

- Active involvement of 250 researchers, amongst whom:
+ 3 having benefited from MSC actions;
+ 6 having benefitted from another EU support (FP 7,HORIZON 2020);

- 11.500 visitors having taken part in 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)

Overview of the results for WP 3:

- Collection, analysis and processing of about 1.800 feedbacks, amongst which:
+ 786 during the events;
+ 1.004 ( public poll) conducted after the event;

- Feedbacks under the form of surveys with different questionnaires, semi-structured face to face interviews, interviews with events' organisers from different partner organisations;

- Main conclusions:
+ Typology of visitors: age 54,8 % under 19, major representation of women, 24,7 % working while 701,9 % studying, 30,8 % primary education, 29,8 % higher education, 19,8% secondary education, over 50 % Vilnius residents, 13,2% from other big Lithuanian cities, 8,7% from rural areas;
+ Knowledge about the event: for the board majority of responders: social networks , followed by family, friends and acquaintances, schools or educational institution;
+ Overall positive appreciation about the events themselves (activities, interest, contacts with researchers, concrete organisation, venues and locations, scheduling...) (92,7%);
+ Improved opinion towards researchers and their societal role;
+ Highest interest in scientific and technological novelties among pupils/ students or specialists with higher education from biggest cities of Lithuania;
+ Contribution of the events to improve researchers 'image in society;
+ Possible improvements with a view to a future similar event:
* Further development of project website: programme, eventmap, registration facilities;
* Further relevance/adaptation of the lectures to the age groups;
* Increase of the number of events organised;
* Further spreading of the events to smaller towns;
* Reinforcement of the awareness campaign through volunteers spreading the information in schools, amongst school teachers and parents.

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