Registration is now open for the Open Science Conference 2019. It is the 6th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, decision-makers in politics and science, publisher, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments around Open Science.
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Pragati is a package of nine interactive games developed and refined through robust proof of concept and pilot testing in Nepal. Through game-play and critical reflection questions, they sparked challenging conversations in communities around fertility and family planning, side-effects of family planning methods, and social norms that drive birth timing and family size.
The games utilize clear and informative adult learning techniques that challenge negative social norms in non-threatening ways to facilitate change
The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) has recently collaborated with Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development (GRID) to turn four of the Pragati games into mobile game apps in Nepal. Using these apps, ‘menstrual health management’ (MHM) will be integrated with fertility awareness information onto free mobile phone game platforms. Read more
Extracts below from the introductory video on Pragati (8 mins):
"People came to play for fun, and left with a lot of knowledge"
"The games have made counselling much easier"
"The games inform people of the side effects and which family planning methods are available to use"
"Previously, only women came to the clinic. Now women and men come together"
"I feel pride in what I've learned. I didnt know about condoms, pills, IUCDs etc..."
"We had been blaming women for giving birth to girls because society told us to. We used to think men were responsible for birth of boys and women were responsible for birth of boys. Now we know that's not true"
"Ultimately we hope this information gives people the best opportunity to make decisions for themselves and their families"
Developed by Nurses International, who work to resource the world's nursing programs.
A hand hygiene toolkit and teaching materials are now
available in Spanish and English.
Working with strategic partners Nursing International’s core activity creates nursing educational materials to enhance existing nursing programmes at schools and universities around the world. These educational materials are created to give graduates the necessary tools, knowledge, and relationships to operate nurse-led clinics, act as primary healthcare providers, and lead holistic and positive change in the communities they call home.
N.I. is also building a curriculum to expose students to practical instruction in community development. Through classroom instruction and internships, nurses develop the understanding, the ability, and the networks to improve the health of their communities by addressing basic healthcare needs in practical and sustainable ways.
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Published today by ALLEA (the All European Academies) this discussion paper examines how the increasing use of #socialmedia and other digital transformations affect and challenge #trust relations between #science, #media and #society.
The technological, political and social changes underlying transformations imply a whole new set of processes and mechanisms that need to be dealt with in order to understand and tackle the challenges they pose to trust in social institutions and ultimately democracy in a digital society.
The paper concluded that without a supportive political backing that values scientific methods and standards of research integrity, and effectively protects science and society from the threats identified “all well-meaning efforts might come to naught”
Trust in Science and Changing Landscapes of Communication. Full text download.
The findings of the ALLEA Working Group Truth, Trust and Expertise were discussed in an international forum “Democracy in a Digital Society – Trust, Evidence and Public Discourse in a Changing Media Environment", that took place on 24 January, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Can we feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries?
Launched in Oslo on 17 January, the EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health brings together 37 world-leading scientists from various disciplines to reach a consensus that defines a healthy and sustainable diet from a sustainable food system.
The findings have provided the first ever scientific targets for a healthy diet and sustainable food production within planetary boundaries that will allow us to feed up to 10 billion people by 2050. Download the full report ‘Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems’ (Walter Willett et al.).
In order to translate the knowledge into scalable action, EAT has initiated partnerships, programmes and projects focussing on business, individual countries, cities, chefs, and children, for example:
EAT-C40 supporting city efforts to create and implement solutions that reduce carbon emissions and increase resilience throughout the urban food system.
CHEW (Children Eating Well) an emerging collaboration between EAT and UNICEF, focusing on the linkages between food systems and child health and nutrition.
Follow the launch events around the world.
NIDA is seeking a post-doc or equivalent researcher within Europe to undertake an analysis of the impact of Citizen Science (CS) as a method for promoting scientific literacy (SL) within the research study The impact of Science Literacy delivery methods - what works? as a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) in collaboration with the Cost Action CA 15212 Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe
Focus of mission: analysis of documents available from existing resource discovery and preparation of a number of relevant deliverables with 4 main aims:
Time allocation: the position is available immediately. It is envisaged that to fulfill all four objectives approximately 30 days may be required. However, following the intensive period of analysis (for which a methodology is already available) the other elements could be undertaken on a part-time basis over a longer period to suit the availability of the identified researcher/post-doc.
Closing date for applications 31 January 2019
Valentina De Col email@example.com (currently based in Bonn, Germany)
Programme & Research Manager | Connect with Science
Network for Information and Digital Access (NIDA)
The CHT is a collection of open source technologies and open access resources. It is intended to be a shared toolkit to advance universal health coverage. The partners have come together envisioning a world where primary health care is of the highest attainable quality, equitable, accessible, and delivered by people who are trusted in their communities.
Medic Mobile will serve as the technical lead and initial steward for this open-source project. As part of the launch, they are transitioning their technical assets out of their organizational umbrella into the open.
‘Native Scientist’, a non-profit Europe-wide organisation providing ´Science+Language’ educational workshops for migrant pupils aged 6-16 years old, and webinar trainings on science outreach for scientists aged 20-50 years old is open to receive requests from teachers and from scientists. Embassies, cultural institutions, research centres and educators in general can also get involved for bespoke projects.
With the aim to inspire ethnic minority pupils, to empower international scientists to increase the impact of their research and to build a community of advocates for diversity and equality in education the workshops create social impact by promoting and exploiting cultural and linguistic diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). They are specifically designed to target pupils who speak a different language at home and in school and help them to realise their full potential while developing their language skills and scientific knowledge. The workshops also provide a great opportunity to meet role models, raise aspirations and reinforce a positive attitude towards science and towards the heritage language.
Their core programme are 1.5-hour long school workshops that bring together 4 or 5 scientists who talk and demonstrate their work to a group of 20-25 pupils aged between 6 and 12 years old or 12 and 17 years old; they are fully interactive and can include game-like exercises, illustrations, models, prototypes, videos, specimens etc. Scientists are given online training and support.
Principal contact: Joana Moscoso
FameLab is an annual science communication competition that runs in many countries worldwide. It was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.
Designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science, technology and engineering concepts into three-minute presentations, wherever you are in the world, the competition remains the same. Contestants have just three minutes to present a concept from their field of study to a panel of judges. Make it funny, make it enlightening and make it jaw-dropping.
FameLab is looking for the science communication stars of tomorrow, who can really show off their area of expertise in a fascinating and engaging way. Could you inspire and educate a live audience about your work with content, clarity and charisma?
Countries around the world – please check the website of your local British Council office to find out if your country takes part in FameLab 2019. A list of participating countries and application form will be published from the website later this year.
For those in the UK – APPLY NOW! Regional heats in the UK will take place between January 2018 and March 2019.
Following the completion of bibliographies, working papers and promotion of reviews in Events, meetings, performances and Education and training prepared as part of the research study 'The impact of Science Literacy delivery methods - what works?' those available in Traditional publications and journalism are now linked online.
If you, or any organisation or colleague you know, would be interested in contributing to the research process or being directly involved in any of the tasks as identified we would be pleased to add to our growing team.
Links within the study Impact of Science Delivery Mechanisms