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Closing the Gaps between Researchers and the Large Public (ScientistsAcrossPortugal)
Start date: Jun 1, 2008, End date: Dec 31, 2008 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The ScientistsAcrossPortugal event will take place in the two major cities in Portugal, with the main purpose of bringing researchers to informal environments and promoting «two-way communication activities» between researchers and public in general. This event which is actually the combination of three different projects all located in the Porto-Lisbon area, respectively promoted by Inovamais, the University of Porto and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Events will be organsied in the two following locations: PORTO: (2 locations, e.g. CMIA - one of the laboratories of the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) in Matosinhos by the beach, and the Centre of Astrophysics of the University of Porto, owing well-know infrastructures in the field of astronomy, short distanced locations. The event intends offering the public an unforgettable party gathering Portuguese general community and researchers; programme includes a mixture of activities, ranging from thematic exhibitions, tunas concerts, hands-on activities, sun and astronomical observations, games, etc bringing researchers and the public together in a didactic but enjoyable way, and highlighting the message that researchers are “ordinary” people. LISBON: (Cultural Centre of Belem, a leading cultural landmark in Lisbon) -around 2000 people (researchers and public of all ages) will be invited for an evening walk, preceded by interactive science-based activities and dialogue events with scientists, in a Festive Tent. By illustrating how scientists are interested in ‘ordinary’ social and physical activities, this will without a doubt contribute to breaking down the stereotype of scientists as lonely, anti-social individuals, as well as fostering interactions and dialogue between scientists and publics of all ages and socioeconomic groups, in a non-threatening and familiar space.
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