2 – 6.30 pm   Pre-Conference Training on Evaluating Science Communication Impact

How do you know if you are making a difference? This training workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of evaluating the impacts of science communication events, activities and programmes. You will learn how to design your evaluation to collect the right information for your situation. The workshop addresses the following points:

  • Why impact evaluation matters for science communication?
  • What does science communication impact look like?
  • Foundations for good impact evaluation: establishing measurable outcomes and logic models
  • Introduction to the evaluation toolkit: questionnaires, observation, ethnographic approaches, qualitative interviews, focus groups and quantifying open-ended data
  • Obtaining a representative sample for your evaluation
  • Establishing a realistic evaluation plan Register now to get started planning your evaluation! This workshop will be useful for any practitioners keen to understand the profile of your event audiences, their quality of experience and what effect your events are having on attitudes, interests, understanding, behaviors, etc.Please note that the fee for this training is 150€ extra, not included in the Conference's fee.

9 am – 12.00 pm: Pre-Conference Workshop

When Science and Theatre Collide: Get Inspired by the PERFORM Project. Leonardo Alfonsi and Claudia Aguirre, EUSEA team in the PERFORM Project, together with Helena González and Oriol Marimón, from the Big Van Theory team, will run an interactive 3-hour workshop that will share the learnings and tools to bring performing arts into science teaching. You will find a detailed version of this exciting workshop here: PERFORM Workshop programme

From left to right: Leonardo Alfonsi, Claudia Aguirre, Helena González and Oriol Marimón.


11.00 pm - 1.00 pm: Registration

12.00 pm – 13.00 pm: Lunch

1.00 pm- 2.30 pm: Welcome by Mr. Alejandro Arranz Calvo, General Director of Research and Innovation and of the Regional Board of Education and Research from the Regional Government of Madrid, together with EUSEA President Mr. Markus Weißkopf. Opening Keynotes by Prof. Dr. Thomas Zeltner, Switzerland, and Dr. Eric Jensen, UK.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zeltner - 50 Shades of Policy Making - A Passionate Call for Evidence, Emotion and Excellence. Pr. Dr. Thomas Zeltner: The physician and lawyer Thomas Zeltner is Honorary Professor of Public Health at the University of Bern and a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University (Boston, USA). He was in charge of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health from 1991 to 2009, having spent many years shaping Swiss healthcare and international health policy. He is a board member and director of various health institutions and advises various governments and national and international health organizations.


Dr. Eric Jensen - All You Ever Wanted to Know About Impact Evaluation. Eric Jensen (Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Warwick) is a leading social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

2.30 pm – 3.00 pm: Coffee Break

3.00 – 4.30 pm: Sessions

Session A: Horizon Talks

  • Designing outreach hands-on workshops for science festivals
  • Calculate with and on "1" and "0" - Science Communication goes Geocaching
  • Impacts of FameLab Science Communication Competition on its Alumni Worldwide
  • Animal testing – Discussing a sensitive topic with different target group
  • Reinforcing engagement of global citizens in research activities by means of Open Knowledge culture. Is Wikipedia useful here?
  • EduComix: The Gateway Drug to Science Literacy

Workshop 1: How can we evaluate the digital public engagement in science? A deliberative proposal with a World Science Cafe.

Workshop 2: Guidelines for good Science Communication

Workshop 3:  Transdisciplinary activities

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4.30 – 5.00 pm: Coffee Break

5.00 – 6.30 pm: Sessions

Horizon Talks

  • Light Pushes Stuff: marrying science, arts and abstraction
  • STEM-Based Puzzle Rooms as an Educational Tool
  • Arts and Science - Rules of Engagement

  • The DIY evaluation toolkit – life hacks for evaluating science communication activities on a budget
  • Silk House – A smart microgrid for a sustainable Science Center
  • In Citizen Science (CS) data we trust

Team Session

  • From the Magic of Science to the Science of Magic
  • All you ever wanted to know about science shows but were afraid to ask!

Workshop 4: Citizen Research – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly?

Workshop 5: How to get viral on facebook, Youtube or your own video channel?

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19.15pm: Visit to the Spanish Royal Botanical Gardens

8 pm: Conference Dinner

9 – 10 am: Keynote speech by Dr. Maria Acaso: What’s that cockroach doing in my Science Museum? Art Thinking as a tool for Science Learning

Nowadays talk of revolution in all areas of education is ubiquitous. In this engaging and surprising speech, she will explore the power of the arts as a methodology for any subject. Divergent thinking, sexy pedagogy, education as a cultural production and collaborative projects will be some of the key points you will learn, with useful practical examples. María Acaso is among the leading figures, in Spain and Latin America, of the movement "Educational Revolution" what she calls #rEDUvolution. Her main interest is to promote this chage of paradigm in the teaching community.

10 – 11.30 pm: Sessions

Horizon Talks

  • RRI in tiny formats
  • A socially relevant university: RRI Hurdles in Malta
  • PERFORM project: When Science and performing arts meet at the stage
  • Ciudad Ciencia (City Science), the place where science and society meet in a local setting
  • Scientific Routes for an Intercultural Integration
  • A decade of Scientific Culture with the Spanish National Research Council

Workshop 6: Creating a creative science activity for schools

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Team Sessions: Cell Block Science and Inclusive AgriFood Science in Nursing Homes

  • Cell Block Science Session
  • Inclusive Agrifood Session

11.30 am – 12 pm: Coffee Break

12 – 1.30 pm: Sessions

Horizon Talks

  • Low-Cost Research Communication: Key Barriers to communication of Research as a Tool to Increase Science Culture and Engagement
  • Scientific culture indicators: an analysis of activity in the CSIC
  • Engaging pupils in ‘citizen science’ research projects on sustainable landscapes
  • Science at School. A research project carried out by children
  • Young Citizen Scientists in bioinformatics: a win-win-situation for the analysis of big data
  • Paired Science – an initiative to promote science at primary and secondary schools

Workshop  7: Citizen Science (CS) as a tool for public engagement

Workshop 8: Bringing research into the Public (House)

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1.30 – 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.30 – 4 pm: EUSEA General Assembly – Members Only

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