banner_600_0The PLACES project final meeting takes place today and until the 12th of March in Bremen (Germany), under the title PLACES of Scientific Culture. The main activities of the project and obtained results will be discussed during this closuring conference, and recommendations and suggestions for the future will be gathered and commented too.

The key role of the Science Communication Observatory from Universitat Pompeu Fabra(OCC-UPF) has been organising and supervising the creation of the Toolkit for the Impact Assessment of Science Communication Initiatives and Policies, a set of tools designed by 28 researchers to evaluate the impact of science events, museums and centres.

Besides this, the OCC-UPF has coordinated around 30 case studies all over Europe. With their results, a recommendation pack addressed to the promotion of Cities of Scientific Culture has been prepared.

Gema Revuelta, deputy director of the OCC-UPF, is officially presenting at the PLACES meeting the interactive website of the Toolkit, developed by the OCC-UPF and with the technical help of Formas Naturales. In this participative site, the user can surf through the Toolkit and understand how its various modules can be used. Moreover, the case studies from each project partner can be found and downloaded from the page. Gema Revuelta will also take part in the round table “Importance of a University for a City’s Image”.

The four-year project PLACES (Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science), has been coordinated during the period 2010-2014 by the OCC-UPF (Science Communication Observatory) and three main European organizations: ECSITE (European Network of Science Centres and Museums), ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) and EUSEA (European Science Events Association).

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