kiics1On September the 25th and 26th, the last Consortium Meeting of the KiiCS project has taken place in Amsterdam. This reunion has gathered all the local coordinators of the project from Naples, London, Dublin, Warsaw, Grenoble, Brussels, Ljubljana, Amsterdam and Barcelona.

Together with the coordinators from Ecsite, the agency KEA European Affairs and the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN). Different partners have presented the results obtained in every work package of the project and have commented on the provisional results of the independent evaluation of the activities.

In the framework of this last meeting, the awards ceremony has also taken place for the adult and young adult categories. Nominees representing Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) have been Zacharias Vamvakousis for the adults’ category and Jaume Ferrete on behalf of Sons de Barcelona for the young adults’ category. Zacharias has presented his project Brain Loops, a programme developed at the Neuro-Music Hack Day in 2013 that allows patients with locked-in syndrome to create a musical outcome. Jaume has presented the Sound Fictions workshop “Sounds, science and technology from 2013, with which 300 students from all over Barcelona could work develop their creativity by producing sound stories about science topics.

At the adults’ category, the winning project has been “Lab Easy: DIY Biology for the Bio-Curious”, from the British Asa Callow and Rachael Turner. Their prize has been the business mentoring from St. John’s Innovation Centre at Cambridge. At the young adults’ category, the project “Slave for Love” from Petja Skomina has been the winner. Petja has received a personalized iPad mini.

The Amsterdam reunion has concluded with the Discovery Festival, a creative and nocturnal event that explores science discoveries by linking art, music and science. All nominees and KiiCS representatives have been invited to the event to finalize the last international meeting of the project.

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