This study is the result of an analysis of the Science Week (SC, for Setmana de la Ciéncia) – first massive event on popularization of science in Spain, in 1996 – and of the participation of Pernambuco (northeastern Brazilian State) in the National Week for Science and Technology (SNCT, for Semana Nacional de Ciéncia e Tecnologia), which has taken place in this south American country ever since 2004. Based on quantitative and qualitative studies, the aim herein was to verify the validity of theses science weeks’ formats in both locations as well as to identify their strengths and potential. This academic paper is intended to serve as a tool for the elaboration of public policies on popular science in different contexts and to prioritize the population’s active participation in the process that leads up to scientific knowledge. In Catalonia and in Pernambuco, over 5 thousand activities were evaluated under 8 useful parameters for the observation of similar events in different social-economical contexts. Furthermore, it may well support public policies in whichever level, be it local, regional or national ones. This study may also be applied to other papers about the functionality of Science weeks around the world.

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Science weeks in catalonia (spain) and pernambuco (brazil)
A comparative perspective

Diogo Lopes de Oliveira   Instituto Brasileiro de Informaçao em Ciéncia e Tecnologia (IBICT) and University of Brasilia

This study is the result of an analysis of the Science Week (SC, for Setmana de la Ciéncia) – first massive event on popularization of science in Spain, in 1996 – and of the participation of Pernambuco (northeastern Brazilian State) in the National Week for Science and Technology (SNCT, for Semana Nacional de Ciéncia e Tecnologia), which has taken place in this south American country ever since 2004. Based on quantitative and qualitative studies, the aim herein was to verify the validity of theses science weeks’ formats in both locations as well as to identify their strengths and potential. This academic paper is intended to serve as a tool for the elaboration of public policies on popular science in different contexts and to prioritize the population’s active participation in the process that leads up to scientific knowledge. In Catalonia and in Pernambuco, over 5 thousand activities were evaluated under 8 useful parameters for the observation of similar events in different social-economical contexts. Furthermore, it may well support public policies in whichever level, be it local, regional or national ones. This study may also be applied to other papers about the functionality of Science weeks around the world.

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