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FIRST SEE REGIONAL SCIENCE PROMOTION CONFERENCE
October 2 – 3, 2013, Belgrade, Serbia
The Center for the Promotion of Science (CPN), under the UNESCO patronage, is hosting the First SEE Regional Science Promotion Conference with the aim of gathering science promotion professionals, practitioners and enthusiasts from the Region in order for them to share experience, to network and formulate the future steps in view of strengthening the link between science and society in our Region.
In the current competitive global market environment it is an imperative to strengthen economic and social capacities by means of improving educational structure of society, inspiring innovation and technological advance and creating milieu for appreciation of value and benefits of knowledge and science. However, after years of crisis in the Region, science remained mainly isolated from the society and general public. The lack of organized activity in science promotion too often found justification in the immaturity of the elite and media or in its high economic cost. Recently, greater attention has been given to this problem. There are several important initiatives in the Region that aim to bridge the gap between scientists and the society as a whole and to encourage interest in science. In that respect, we believe that the exchange of experiences taking place on such projects could potentially help us place scientific achievements higher on the public agenda in our countries and better meet the challenges facing the affirmation of a knowledge-based economy in our Region.
Keynote sessions will bring international experts and representatives of international organizations, research and educational institutions, science camps, science communicators, NGOs, private sector and media on board. They will address the topic of science promotion and communication challenges and open the debate on how to:
· Use science and innovation to boost economic development;
· Strengthen the link between science and society through communication between the state and local institutions, research organizations, academic community, media and the public;
· Improve the scientific culture in the region via public popular science programs;
· Increase the role of media in the promotion of science and education;
· Emphasize the role of science centers and science camps in the popularization of science;
· Improve science communication and language of scientists and researchers allowing them to present their work in a comprehensive manner.
We hope that exploring these challenges and finding synergies along the way could result in identification of short and long-term strategic goals for the development of dynamic societies in SEE region, open to the challenges of the future.
The wide network of science promotion contributors will allow diverse contributions to Conference’s thematic sessions:
A: KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY: SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY
Session will shed light on how science and economic prosperity are linked. The session will, amongst others, gather Chevening alumni from the region with the support of the British Embassy in Belgrade.
B: POPULAR SCIENCE EVENTS
What is the real role of popular science events and how will they develop in the future, are some of the questions that will be addressed by the panelists. Organization of science events and related challenges – how to reach different public groups from pre-school children to senior citizens – are also among the topics for this session. Best cases of science promotion in schools and on small to large science festivals, together with the elements of the best popular science workshops, will be shared amongst science promoters from the region.
C: MEDIA AND SCIENCE (Back-to-back Program with UNESCO South East Science Journalism School)
As a back-to-back program of South East European Science Journalism School organized by UNESCO Venice Office, participants will have the opportunity to share experiences and information about science topics in the media in the South East European Region. Journalists will discuss the ways of presenting scientific topics in an attractive way as well as the possibilities of strengthening the network of science journalists in the region through the Balkan Network of Science Writers.
D: SCIENCE CAMPS
Science camps are one of the most popular ways to promote science, often organized by universities, research institutions, NGOs and science communicators’ organizations, with the aim of making science more understandable and fun. The organizers of science camps from the Region and participants of the EU COMENIUS Science Camps Network Project will have the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and experiences and hopefully network for future activities.
E: SCIENCE CENTERS
The session will be the opportunity to learn about the best examples of good practices and different work models in the science centers that exist or have just been established in our Region. Experts from well-known science centers around the world will introduce us to their work as well.
F: COMMUNICATION OF RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
The days when the academic institutions were perceived as boring places where people in white lab coats are working on some secret trials are long way behind us. The universities and other scientific institutions today open their doors to all interested citizens, especially high school students, enabling them to become scientists for a day and showing them the fun side of science. The session will cover specific communication concepts of scientific institutions, science promotion policies and the importance of science promotion for professional scientists.
All sessions are open to all Conference participants.
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, The World Bank, COMENIUS Science Camps Project, FEFA (Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration), British Embassy in Belgrade, and other national and local universities, media and private sector from the Region.
The keynote speakers from international and national institutions are invited to participate at the Conference Plenary Sessions. We are expecting representatives from: UNESCO, EUSEA, the European Commission, Copernicus Science Center from Poland, the Franklin Institute from the US, the Bloomfield Museum from Israel, Martin-Luther University from Germany, the Science Promotion Foundation PRONA from Montenegro, Hisa Eksperimentov from Slovenia, the Science Center “Petnica” from Serbia, the Balkan Network of Science Writers, the Science Educational Center ZEZ from Croatia and from many other international and regional academic and popular science organizations, as well as from local schools and universities.
The projected number of participants is from 150 to 200, consisting of science communicators, researchers, scientists and academics; NGO and private sector representatives, teachers, educators, politicians and civil servants from related ministries and public bodies, science journalists and other media representatives and other individuals interested in science promotion.