A unique partnership between Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) and Everything is New, gave rise to the development of very innovative and successful outreach initiatives that bring together informal science education, public dialogue and fundraising for scientific research in Portugal. The partnership started in 2007 and since 2008, the IGC has been, for 4 consecutive years, present at this annual festival. At the IGC pavilion, just opposite the main stage, science, music and art mix in an unusual way. Different activities have been developed to engage visitors with science and scientists including “Speed dating” with scientists, DNA extraction from strawberries, an interactive three-dimensional trip inside the human body, molecular gastronomy, genetic and biodiversity interactive games, sci-arts installations and photo exhibitions of research projects developed by young scientists sponsored through this partnership. Per year, around 70 IGC volunteers, including scientists at different stages of their careers, made these activities possible for more than 1000 young people that visited the IGC space during the three/ four days event. This partnership also resulted in the sponsorship by the promoter Everything is New of two research fellowships per year for young investigators to develop research in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. These fellowships have one-year duration and give the opportunity to young researchers to follow their vocations allowing them to start their scientific careers at the IGC with collaborations outside of Portugal. In addition, this project is having a high impact in the Portuguese media, namely at the main TV channels, radios and online media. To further disseminate the impact of this project into the society, we have been successfully using web-based platforms. A Facebook page was created to advertise, describe and show videos and pictures of the IGC initiatives carried out at the festival and the daily life of the winners of the fellowships during their research projects at the IGC and at foreign countries such as Madagascar, Malaysia and Principe. This page is also linked to the IGC and OptimusAliveOeiras music festival Facebook pages. Three movies reporting IGC participation at this music festival are also available on YouTube. We strongly believe this partnership is a new model in science communication and a strong example of how science can be closer to the private sector, media and society in general.

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Music, science and fundraising together as an innovative model in science communication
A partnership between instituto gulbenkian de ciencia biomedical research institute and everything is new, the promoter of optimusaliveoeiras music festival

Maria Leao   Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia

Silvia Castro   Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, currently working at MIT Portugal Program

A unique partnership between Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) and Everything is New, gave rise to the development of very innovative and successful outreach initiatives that bring together informal science education, public dialogue and fundraising for scientific research in Portugal. The partnership started in 2007 and since 2008, the IGC has been, for 4 consecutive years, present at this annual festival. At the IGC pavilion, just opposite the main stage, science, music and art mix in an unusual way. Different activities have been developed to engage visitors with science and scientists including “Speed dating” with scientists, DNA extraction from strawberries, an interactive three-dimensional trip inside the human body, molecular gastronomy, genetic and biodiversity interactive games, sci-arts installations and photo exhibitions of research projects developed by young scientists sponsored through this partnership. Per year, around 70 IGC volunteers, including scientists at different stages of their careers, made these activities possible for more than 1000 young people that visited the IGC space during the three/ four days event. This partnership also resulted in the sponsorship by the promoter Everything is New of two research fellowships per year for young investigators to develop research in Biodiversity, Genetics and Evolution. These fellowships have one-year duration and give the opportunity to young researchers to follow their vocations allowing them to start their scientific careers at the IGC with collaborations outside of Portugal. In addition, this project is having a high impact in the Portuguese media, namely at the main TV channels, radios and online media. To further disseminate the impact of this project into the society, we have been successfully using web-based platforms. A Facebook page was created to advertise, describe and show videos and pictures of the IGC initiatives carried out at the festival and the daily life of the winners of the fellowships during their research projects at the IGC and at foreign countries such as Madagascar, Malaysia and Principe. This page is also linked to the IGC and OptimusAliveOeiras music festival Facebook pages. Three movies reporting IGC participation at this music festival are also available on YouTube. We strongly believe this partnership is a new model in science communication and a strong example of how science can be closer to the private sector, media and society in general.

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