Science of the City

Science of the City

La Mandarina de Newton, with financial support from the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), “la Caixa” Foundation, the Tech Museum of San José (California, USA) and the Paris-Motagne Association, International, 2011, 2014

Bring science closer to the citizens and their daily lives through a participatory process that integrates the scientific method, enthusiasm for proposing challenges and questions through digital narrative, multiculturality and linguistic diversity, to eventually co-create an exhibition, a research publication and a TV show.

    Science of the City is a polyhedral project. The different aspects of this initiative deal with concepts such as: research and innovation in the dissemination of science, participation in the cultural sector, audiovisual language and non-formal languages, transdisciplinarity and the co-creation of knowledge products such as exhibitions, publications and TV shows.

Science of the City is a local and international project, a multilingual initiative, a set of educational and scientific communication resources, a research tool and a participatory proposal with a co-created final result. It explores mutual interaction and the power of science to inspire the arts, youth research and television. Explore new narratives and possibilities for scientific audiovisuals.

The project had three editions:

First edition 2011-2012. In this first call, participants had the opportunity to submit videos in three categories according to the scientific method: observation, question and experiment. Participation was open in three languages: English, French and Spanish. From the material submitted, an exhibition with nine pieces was created, inspired by the participants’ videos. It was inaugurated at the Arts Santa Mònica cultural centre and travelled to several locations across Spain.

Second edition 2012-2013. In this second edition we chose two categories: question and proposal to inspire scientific research. The winning clip posed the challenge of linking colours with learning. Researchers from the Donders Institute (Nijmegen, Netherlands) accepted the challenge of transforming this idea into a scientific publication.

Third edition 2013-2014. We opened this last edition to a variety of categories and languages. Finally, this material was transformed into a show for the local television network.

  • Almost a hundred videos.
  • An exhibition.
  • A scientific publication.
  • A TV programme.
  • Audiovisual creation workshops.
  • Article in issue No. 14 of Quaderns d’Educació Social (CEESC annual magazine).
  • Conference presentations: PSCT New Delhi Campus Gutenberg 2011. 7th European Spring School on history of Science and Popularization Amsterdam. Science Film Festival ‘Beyond the Science Communication Model: Hybridization, Participation and Activism’ I Seminar on Innovative Dissemination D+I, Zaragoza. Zagreb.
  • Mentions in the media: Zagreb TV. Heraldo de Aragón newspaper. La Malla. Resum

Premis i mencions

FECYT mention of good practice in scientific dissemination 2012


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