On Monday 11th April a selected group of 27 experts from nearly every member state of the European Union met at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, for the first general workshop of the impact assessment work package for the European project PLACES (Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science).
The overall goal of the European project is to foster scientific culture across European cities by offering a common platform to a diverse range of community actors for the structuring of their science communication activities at a city/regional level, initiating a three-way conversation between science, policy makers and Europeans.
As part of the PLACES project, this impact assessment workshop focuses on the measure and analysis of the impact that various scientific culture initiatives and policies have on society. It also aims to deliver recommendations for future actions for cities of scientific culture. This first impact assessment workshop for PLACES, was coordinated by the Science Communication Observatory at the University of Pompeu Fabra by Vladimir de Semir, Gemma Revuelta, Sergi Cortiñas, Clara Armengou and Michelle Wilson with collaboration from Hans Peter Peters (Forschungszentrum Jülich) and Kostas Dimopoulos (University of Peleponnese).
ECSITE (The European Network of Science Centres and Museums) is the leader of PLACES, and EUSCEA (European Science Events Association) and ERRIN (European Regions Research and Innovation Network) are the other program coordinators.
The next impact assessment workshop for PLACES will take place at the University of Pompeu Fabra on May 31st, 2011.