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"Two WAYS for Communicating European Research about Life Sciences with Science Festivals & Science Centres/Museums, Science Parliaments & Impact Survey" (2WAYS)
Start date: 01 Jan 2009, End date: 31 Dec 2010 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"This 24-month project joins ca. 30 science festivals and science centres/museums all over Europe, increasing visitors for both and also the impact on citizens, aiming to analyse this impact – under the main topic “Life Sciences”. It consists mainly of three building blocks within “Launch” and “Finals”: • “Exchange” of new types of presentations between European science festivals • “Science Parliaments” debating and deciding • “Impact Comparison Study” to evaluate all the tools. Life Sciences are a model to debate implications of science on our society. The project process: The coordinator issues a Call for new interactive science presentations, developed by Pairs of Partners (festival organiser, science museum/centre) from two countries including scientists. They develop together - following a set of quality criteria - a presentation to communicate a current peer-reviewed cross-national European research project in the area of “Life Sciences”. The selected ~30 Partners will meet at a Launch Event to learn through the exchange of expertise and experiences. They will also receive all of the necessary project information at this event. Then the 2WAYS Exchange starts: The presentations are exchanged between the Partners and presented at both of their festivals – all over Europe. Each festival has also a debate area called “Science Parliament”, where structured debates are organised with moderators, hearing experts, standardised main questions to collect comparable results among all Partners. An “Impact Comparison Survey” is conducted to analyse the impact of the presentations/de¬bates on the opinions of the visitors (questioning before/after participating). The 2WAYS Finals brings together all of the presentations making up the Exchange. The individual results of the Science Parliaments’ debates will be discussed on a European level to form overall recommendations. All of the activities will be documented in detail for later use by others."
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