awareness - Science weeks
Few have reason to question the important
ties between scientific research and European socio-economic
development. But science needs – even deserves
– more public recognition and visibility. The
European Union's science awareness programme tackles
this problem head on by showcasing examples of co-operation,
innovation and, above all, excellence.
European Science Week – also called Science
Week – is one of the many EU-hosted initiatives
aimed at putting science and technology centre stage.
Mark your calendar for the European
Science Week, 21.-25. November 2005, and have
a look at this year's activities.
Showing off European scientific talent
Science Week Europe puts the emphasis on showing
rather than telling young Europeans, in particular,
how science and technology can have a very real and
rewarding effect on their daily lives.
As a focal point for national science week initiatives,
and with more activities in more cities around Europe
than ever, the aim of this initiative is to show that
there is more to science than lab coats and formulas:
it can also be a lot of fun.
Through its sponsorship of Science Week activities
and other science and society initiatives, the European
Commission is determined to forge closer ties between
the world of science and the lives of European citizens.
So, why not consider hosting a Science Week activity?
the Science Week 2004 brochure (PDF, 750 Kb)
Join the fun!
To qualify for EU support in this area, project and
event ideas should have a European angle – either
involving consortia with partners from several European
countries or an organisation holding pan-European
events in several Member Sates and partner countries.
Science Week projects can be in any field of science,
including the economic, social and human sciences.
The following project categories are eligible for
- Activities – exchanges of experience, resources
and good practices – facilitating co-operation
between various national scientific events during
European Science and Technology Week
- Projects presenting an interactive approach to
- Initiatives encouraging innovation
- Activities relating to how science affects people
a look at the Activites 2005 and Past Science Weeks
National Science Weeks
Many EU Member States organise their own science
weeks or 'festivals' on an annual or two-yearly or
ad hoc basis. The common thread is to give people
of all ages – and from all backgrounds –
the chance to experience the world of science and
technology first hand or on-line.
Activities range from locally organised festivals,
such as the Vlaamse Wetenschapsweek (Flemish Science
Week) in Belgium, through to nation-wide celebrations
like the Danish Science Festival, Finnish Science
Forum, France’s Festival of Science and much
See examples and contact information of National Science Weeks