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Shaking up Science & Society Relations - A Sparks Forum

  • Sparks forum shaking up science society relations


On 4 May 2018, Sparks will hold its final forum in Brussels: we are proud to present the results and lessons learnt of this three-year pan-European collaboration.

The event will bring together projects partners, DIY scientists featured in the Sparks’ exhibition, artists, academics, science communicators, policy makers and more to share knowledge and ideas on participatory practices in science.

This forum will be a fantastic opportunity to reflect and share knowledge on various forms of public engagement in science tested during the lifetime of the project. We will also look towards their future applicability in the broader context of sustainable development goals and research & innovation policies.

Expect inspiring keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, interactivity, creativity and networking!

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels!




Les Ateliers des Tanneurs 58-62 Rue des Tanneurs 1000 Brussels, Belgium

09:30 / Registration, welcome coffee

10:00 / Welcome words – Catherine Franche, Executive Director at Ecsite

10:05 / Inspirational keynote speech on public engagement in science, questions & answers – Andrea Bandelli, Executive director at Science Gallery International

10:50 / Introduction to the Sparks project and programme of the Forum – Maria Zolotonosa, Sparks project coordinator at Ecsite

11:00 / Panel discussion: Responsible research and innovation towards sustainable development goals, questions & answers

• Philippe Galiay, Head of Sector on Mainstreaming Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area at the European Commission

• Cate Hankins, Deputy Director for Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development

• Winnie Poncelet, Head of ReaGent DIY lab and of Glimps Open Design & Innovation Studio
• Maarten Okkersen, Head of Communications, Museon

• Moderation: Brandon O’Dell, freelance consultant


12:00 / Lunch break

13:00 / Testing out Sparks recommendations: Michał Boni, Member of the European Parliament and workshop moderated by Michael Creek, freelance consultant

14:30 / Parallel Science Espressos: Shazia Ali–Webber, “I like Clean Air” campaigner & Pieter van Boheemen: DIY antibiotics hunter

15:00/ Coffee break 

15:30 / Parallel sessions:
•    Conversation on arts and science to foster engagement – Aoife van Linden Tol, artist
•    Learn how to run activities engaging citizens in science with the Sparks Toolkit – Clémentine Daubeuf, KEA European Affairs

16:15 / Parallel Science Espressos: Philipp Boeing and Bethan Wolfenden founders of the BentoLab & Tim Omer, diabetes hacker

16:45 / Wrap-up – Catherine Franche, Executive Director at Ecsite

17:00 / Networking & refreshments

An afternoon mainly aimed at project partners to reflect on the outcomes of the project, but any curious soul is welcome to attend!

Les Ateliers des Tanneurs 58-62 Rue des Tanneurs 1000 Brussels, Belgium

13:30 / Registration

14:00 / Welcome words and introduction to the first day

14:05 / Thinking about local partnerships with ESSRG, Cap Sciences, Ciênca Viva & local partners – moderated by Norbert Steinhaus (WILA Bonn)

14:50 / The Trial of Beyond the Lab: Ling Lee (London Science Museum), Suzana Filipecki Martins and Maria Zolotonosa (Ecsite) with Luxembourg Science Centre, Parque de las Ciencias, Ellinogermaniki Agogi, European University Cyprus.

15:40 / Coffee for your thoughts

16:10 / Participatory activities: pre-mortem exercise – moderated by Błażej Dawidson and Wiktor Gajewski (Copernicus Science Centre)

16:55 / Speed networking with exhibition guests and members of the reflective board 

18:10 / End of the first day



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Events date: 
Friday, May 4, 2018