CPN among the participants of ”Places of Scientific Culture” conference held in Bremen[:]
CPN representatives participated at the closing conference of FP7 project ”Places of Scientific Culture”, held in Bremen, on March 10-12. The aim of the conference, which hosted many eminent people in the area of science and scientific policy, and around 300 participants from 68 countries, was to complete a four-year project dealing with mapping European cities of scientific culture.
The conference focused on forming local work plans of cities, networking between science and economy, the issue of lifelong learning, the importance of universities, scientific museums and scientific centers, and science as part of culture, in general.
Aleksandra Drecun, CPN’s Director, gave a speech on a panel discussion themed: ”Evidence based policy”, along with Reinhard Hüttl, President of the German Academy of science and engineering, Maya Halevy, Director of the Bloomfield Science Museum in Israel and Lilla Merabet, Regional Councillor, for French region Alsace. The panel was moderated by a BBC’s science journalist, Quentin Cooper.
- Left to right: Aleksandra Drecun, Lilla Merabet, Reinhard Hüttl and Maya Halevy
On the last day of the conference, CPN’s Director, Aleksandra Drecun joined Anne Glover, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission and Reinhard Hüttl, President of the German Academy of science and engineering, coordinators on the Places project, and University representatives in Bremen, for a work brunch.
At the end of the conference, the representatives of different European cities signed a Declaration of the Places project. The Declaration’s aim is to define cities of scientific culture, and it is a result of hard work between local communities’ representatives throughout this four-year project. In cooperation with CPN and Faculty of Arts and Design and with the support from the Belgrade Secretariat for Culture and BINA project, the city of Belgrade was one of the first parties to sign the Declaration, which has been signed by 40 European cities so far.
The closing word at the conference was made by Anne Glover, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. She pointed out the necessity to connect the European cities and enhance their cooperation and information exchange, with the aim to create a strong European platform for developing scientific culture.
Places project is an FP7 project, funded by the European Commission. The goal of the project is to improve the cities of scientific culture, by encouraging the scientific institutions to improve the communication between public, policymakers and scientists, in order to strengthen the engagement and competitiveness of cities and regions.
For more information about the Conference and the Places project, visit http://www.openplaces.eu/