A final inside report from the largest EU-funded science communication project (FP7), ending in spring 2014 Within the PLACES project (http://www.openplaces. eu), funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, more than 70 cities and 10 regions from 23 European countries have developed practical strategies for including science and technology as an essential part of the cultural fabric of a city: the “Cities of Scientific Culture”. The project resulted in multiple recommendations and studies such as: 1.) A toolkit for impact assessment was developed by an international team of 23 researchers in the field of science communication. This toolkit was applied to evaluate the impact of science communication policies and activities: 10 cities, 10 science centers and 10 science festivals were analyzed. 2.) A survey was conducted aiming at identifying main obstacles and difficulties in implementing science communication policies. 3.) More than 50 practical activities were developed for engaging citizens in dialogue concerning science and technology in the city life. 4.) 10 regional trainings for civil servants were produced, enhancing the local networks working in science communication. 5.) Professionals in the field of science communication developed recommendations concerning the relation of science communication policies and the formal education system, the connection of science with all the fields of culture, the development of smart cities and access to knowledge, career development, and sustainability. The results of the project will be presented by Alexander Gerber, Chair of the “PLACES Stakeholder’s Assembly”, which has served as the advisory board to the project. The talk, which will also include a video message by the project manager António Gomes da Costa, could be followed by a discussion about challenges and best- practises of communicating scientific culture on the local level. Upon request by the PCST programme committee we could additionally try to involve several project partners from across Europe on a succeeding session panel.

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Cities of scientific culture

Alexander Gerber   German Research Centre for Science & Innovatio Communication, Germany

António Gomes da Costa   The European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Germany

A final inside report from the largest EU-funded science communication project (FP7), ending in spring 2014 Within the PLACES project (http://www.openplaces. eu), funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, more than 70 cities and 10 regions from 23 European countries have developed practical strategies for including science and technology as an essential part of the cultural fabric of a city: the “Cities of Scientific Culture”. The project resulted in multiple recommendations and studies such as: 1.) A toolkit for impact assessment was developed by an international team of 23 researchers in the field of science communication. This toolkit was applied to evaluate the impact of science communication policies and activities: 10 cities, 10 science centers and 10 science festivals were analyzed. 2.) A survey was conducted aiming at identifying main obstacles and difficulties in implementing science communication policies. 3.) More than 50 practical activities were developed for engaging citizens in dialogue concerning science and technology in the city life. 4.) 10 regional trainings for civil servants were produced, enhancing the local networks working in science communication. 5.) Professionals in the field of science communication developed recommendations concerning the relation of science communication policies and the formal education system, the connection of science with all the fields of culture, the development of smart cities and access to knowledge, career development, and sustainability. The results of the project will be presented by Alexander Gerber, Chair of the “PLACES Stakeholder’s Assembly”, which has served as the advisory board to the project. The talk, which will also include a video message by the project manager António Gomes da Costa, could be followed by a discussion about challenges and best- practises of communicating scientific culture on the local level. Upon request by the PCST programme committee we could additionally try to involve several project partners from across Europe on a succeeding session panel.

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