Changing behaviours – creating a better quality of life for the future

The group talking about their experiences from the Changing Behaviours work package

The group of delegates who were involved in the Changing Behaviours work package includes Tim Caulton from Thinktannk, Anett Ruszanov (ERRIN), Dana Bekker Vejborna (South Moravian Centre for International Mobility), Pauline Lachappelle (Universite de Lyon) and Vladislava Pospisilova (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic), and other delegates floated between the groups around the room.

Below are some of the points, questions and suggestions which came out of this part of the discussion, which will feed into the presentations later today and the recommendations which the group will present tomorrow. Continue reading

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Work Package Two – Tools for building a scientific culture

Discussion on Tools for building a scientific culture (WP2)

Participants of the Work Package were ARMuseos Cientificos Coruneses MC2; Asociata ProSal (PSM); Think Tank (TT);Universeum AB(UAB) and Birmingham City Council (BCC).

The activities were:

  • Study Visits
  • 2 Pilot Actions with young people – Science in the News; Science in my Life‘two small pilot actions that would allow for practical implementation of basic principles oftransferability in science communication initiatives’

Science in the News was Continue reading

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Changing Behaviours – small business and climate change. Work Package 4

Part of work package four concentrated on how to change the behaviour of small businesses in the way they understand and respond to climate change.

There were three main areas of work which are described in much greater detail in the report you can download here.   In summary they are:

1  A seminar in Sevilla which had a special focus on the climate change and possible action that small businesses can do in order to build a more sustainable economy.

Beatriz Real Heredia work for the local development agency in Sevilla and has a responsibility for encouraging business to make better use of science. Continue reading

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Cllr Paul Tilsley starts the conference

Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, welcomes delegates to the EU Cities and Science Communication conference at ThinkTank in Birmingham.

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Hopes and expectations ahead of the CASC conference

The delegates' expectations and aims ahead of the conference

When the delegates arrived at the conference they were asked to write their hopes and expectations for the event on pieces of paper, which were then displayed on boards outside the conference suite. Below are some of the things which the delegates hoped to get out of the conference: Continue reading

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Science Online: Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing the medical data explosion

A fascinating video from TEDxGöteborg:

“Today medical scans produce thousands of images and terabytes of data for a single patient in mere seconds, but how do doctors parse this information and determine what’s useful? At TEDxGöteborg, scientific visualization expert Anders Ynnerman shows us sophisticated new tools — like virtual autopsies — for analyzing this myriad data, and a glimpse at some sci-fi-sounding medical technologies in development. This talk contains some graphic medical imagery.”

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Marcos Perez from Casa de las Ciencias on science communication and lessons learned from the CASC project

We’ve been finding out the thoughts and opinions of some of the Cities and Science Communication delegates ahead of this week’s final conference. Here, we find out from Marcos Perez of Casa de las Ciencias what his views are on the future of science communication, the representation of science in the media, and what lessons can be taken away from the CASC project activities. Continue reading

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Physics Factory in Birmingham

One of the visits which forms part of this week’s CASC conference is to the Physics Factory in Five Ways, Birmingham (UK). Physics Factory is “a grassroots movement that aims to take action on the decline of physics in British schools and universities with its resulting damage to Britain’s competitiveness in a technological world.”

You can read more about the Physics Factory here, and we’ll be posting some thoughts from the delegates during the conference.

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Science Online: Horizon, Science Under Attack

You have a month to catchup up with the BBC Horizon programme “Science Under Attack”.

“Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse examines why science appears to be under attack, and why public trust in key scientific theories has been eroded – from the theory that man-made climate change is warming our planet, to the safety of GM food, or that HIV causes AIDS.

He interviews scientists and campaigners from both sides of the climate change debate, and travels to New York to meet Tony, who has HIV but doesn’t believe that that the virus is responsible for AIDS.

This is a passionate defence of the importance of scientific evidence and the power of experiment, and a look at what scientists themselves need to do to earn trust in controversial areas of science in the 21st century.”

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Follow the CASC conference online

The CASC conference takes place Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th January 2011, at ThinkTank in Birmingham, UK. Conference delegates will have discussions about the work and activities they have seen during the course of the project and will come up with a series of recommendations for future EU science policy.

The delegates will focus on three specific areas when discussing ideas for policy recommendations. These are:

  • strengthening scientific literacy
  • celebrating science and scientists
  • promoting evidence-based research

During the conference we will be capturing the conversations taking place and posting about them here, as well as creating audio, video and photos from the event. You’ll be able to follow the conference online by reading our blog posts from the conference itself, and you’ll can follow the event live on Twitter by following the hashtag #eucasc.

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