.Representatives of the Science Communication Observatory (OCC in Spanish) from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra are participating with science communicators, innovators, and city representatives at the 2nd PLACES Conference: Sharing Experiences.

This meeting, that takes place from today until October 12th in the university town of Tartu (Estonia), will be useful to city partnerships to report on their local science communication policy goals, challenges and achievements as they continue their quest to become the quintessential European City of Scientific Culture.  Representatives from Trento (Italy), Brussels (Belgium) and Bordeaux (France) will be available to speak with media about their city’s PLACES developments.

The pairing of science communicators and policymakers is the essence of City Partnerships are the backbone of PLACES – a European FP7-funded project which is striving to define the European City of Scientific Culture.

The OCC is a leading partner in this project and its role is crucial because their representatives have to coordinate the work of another 27 people from all over Europe to measure the impacts of the communications actions that are taking place in different cities. This data will be useful to elaborate recommendations for the European Commission and the international community.

Other leading partners are the European network of science centres and museums(Ecsite), who coordinates PLACES, the European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)and the European Science Events Association (Eusea).

Watch for up-to-the-moment social media reporting throughout the event including videos, photos and commentary at: www.openplaces.eu/conference.

Este blog cuenta con la colaboración de la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología – Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación