In January 2013 city2science was appointed by the European Science Events Association to work as a Project Officer for PLACES.
PLACES – Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science – was one of the largest FP7 science in society projects, funded by the EC until May 2014. The project goal was to initiate and develop an integrated common concept of science-society collaborations in European cities. Looking for a model of the “European City of Scientific Culture” the project concentrated on the development and reinforcement of strategic partnerships between decision makers from cities, universities and scientific institutions.
Within a funding-period of four years, 67 scientific centres, museums, festivals and events from 27 countries cooperated with local authorities and European regional networks. The project intended to improve the collaboration between these alliances and to structure their science communication including a joint usage of ressources and successful best-practice-examples. For this purpose workgroup meetings and conferences were organised and an internet platform was established. Members of the platform experiment with new communication approaches and participation formats and promoted a new awareness of “science culture” for local/regional politicians in the respective cities.
In the course of the project a common model of the European “City of Scientific Culture” was developed, which allows to derive recommendations for actors on the European level. The topics for local alliances depended on the particular situations of the cities; they could e.g. concern the topics of health, environment, demographic change, waste management, public transport, youth or poverty. The basis for the interaction of the local actors on the particular topics was a so called “Local Action Plan”, which defined and organized sustainable cooperation-processes on a long term. “Pilot Activities” put the topics of the “Local Action Plans” into practice in the local settings.
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