2WAYS: Communicating Life Science Research


2WAYS is about developing, showing and evaluating interactive and dialogical presentations of ongoing European life science research.

2WAYS aimed to encourage cooperation and networking between scientific events organisers on public engagement with science. It brought together 29 partners – science festivals, science centres, universities and research organisations – from 17 European countries to work together to develop and show presentations of life science research projects, and to evaluate the impact of these presentations on the visitors.

Each partner worked in a team with another partner and two scientists to exchange and create new types of presentations on a wide range of life science research topics. As a result, 17 2WAYS projects were created, which were presented in two science events. The presentations included a debate area called Science Parliament where the visitors could meet the researchers and make their voices heard. At the end, an Impact Comparison Survey was conducted to analyse the tools and the impact of the presentations and debates on the visitors.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

Coordinator: EUSCEA European Science Events Association, www.euscea.org

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: college students, general public, policy makers, primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers

Topic: Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food science, Genetics, Materials science, Medical sciences, Pharmacology, Zoology

Start year: 2009

End year: 2010

Url: http://www.twoways.eu

Contact person: EUSCEA, Coordinator: Peter Rebernik, office (at) euscea.org

The research projects presented in the 2WAYS project are all within the life science field and have a European dimension and involve collaboration among scientists in several countries. They are ongoing or recently finished; many of them had funding through the European Commission's Framework Programmes. The full list of the research projects is available at http://www.twoways.eu/Web/Projects/.

At the end of the 2WAYS project, an extensive Impact Comparison Survey was conducted to analyse the tools and the impact of the presentations and debates on the visitors.

The results of the Impact Study will be presented in the 2WAYS Final Events on 30 November - 1 December 2010 and published at a later stage at http://www.twoways.eu/Web/Partners/Default.aspx?Type=10.

The project presentations created in 2WAYS give teachers new ideas and step-by-step guidelines to present even controversial science subjects to the students. The subjects of the 2WAYS projects range from neurological diseases and vaccinations to gene mutation and synthetic biology. The presentations files available at http://www.twoways.eu/Web/Projects/ include a short introduction to each of the subjects and a more detailed “Cookbook” (available at the end of the project from the project’s website) with clear guidelines to recreate the presentation. Pictures and videos are also available.

During the project, students could meet real-life researchers in the Science Parliaments, and discuss and decide on life science topics – the way real parliaments do, with hearings, committees, proposals and votes, and final decisions. A list of the 2WAYS Science Parliaments is available at http://www.twoways.eu/Web/Partners/Default.aspx?Type=9

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