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Welcome to the first DESIRE Online Discussion Event for project managers. The discussion is open from 17 to 19 September 2012 and is moderated by Marisa Hernandez from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

The themes to be discussed during the events:

Day 1
The first day will focus on the various communication channels project managers usually use to find out about results from science education projects.

Day 2
On the second day, participants will discuss their experience in communication and disseminating results of their projects.

Day 3
The third day will aim at identifying best practices in disseminating STEM project results to target audiences.

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Meet the expert - Marisa Hernández Meet the expert - Marisa Hernández

Marisa HernandezMarisa Hernandez is a research assistant and member of the Executive Board of the Centre for Research in Science and Mathematics Education (CRECIM) of the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona, Spain. She  has a BA in Physics and PhD in Science Education.

With a staff of 9 full-time employees, 5 part-time secondary school teachers, and 3 PhD students, CRECIM manages a number of national projects and local initiatives on science and technology education. They cover a broad range of topics, from digital classrooms in science lessons (ADIGIC) and technology enhanced science learning for children in hospital (TEACH); to school-university (REVIR) and school-industry (Prat de la Riba) collaboration.

On the European scene, CRECIM has been actively involved in the management of several EU-funded projects: STISS, IKUITSE, Materials Science, TRACES and ECB/inGenious.


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Introduce yourself
Introduce yourself
17/09/12 09:27
Hello everyone,
My name is Marisa Hernandez and I will moderate this online discussion event.
Please, tell us a little about who you are.
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RE: Introduce yourself
17/09/12 12:26 as a reply to Marisa Hernandez.

My name is Jaume Ametller. I work as a lecturer in Science Education at the University of Leeds.
I feel that the continous push for socially relevant, collaborative, international projects, as well as for cheaper, faster ways of puthing bids together makes this debate timely and extremely interesting.

I am looking forward this discussion.

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RE: Introduce yourself
17/09/12 12:35 as a reply to Jaume Ametller.
Hello everyone,

My name is Patricia Muñoz, I work as Project Coordinator at European Schoolnet in Brussels.
I now work in the ITEC project, and previously in Science Education projects such as Nanoyou, Scientix, and Xperimania.

I studied European Law and International Politics at the Autónoma University of Madrid and prior to joining European Schoolnet worked for a branch of the Ministry of Envirionment in Spain, and as a lawyer in Brussels.

I find this discussion very interesting for my day to day work and hope to learn much from it.

Thank you,
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RE: Introduce yourself
17/09/12 14:26 as a reply to Patricia Muñoz King.
Nice to meet you all. I hope we all can contribute to each other sharing our experiences on dissemination
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RE: Introduce yourself
17/09/12 14:36 as a reply to Marisa Hernandez.
Hi everyone!

My name is Estrid and I work as a project manager for Danish Science Communication. Our office is in Copenhagen and our mission is to engage Danish children and young people in science by giving them the opportunity to experience the joy and excitement of science. For example we coordinate the annual Danish Science Week - a nationwide campaign with activities for schools and upper secondary education programmes. Young Scientists is another annual event with a more narrow audience namely that of science talents. We're also partners in the InGenious and DESIRE projects.

I'm looking forward to discussing dissemination strategies with you!
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RE: Introduce yourself
18/09/12 17:55 as a reply to Marisa Hernandez.
Hello everyone, Hi Marisa,

My name is Eloise Gerard, and I used to work at European Schoolnet as project coordinator of the Nanochannels project for EUN, and as project administrator of Scientix and SPICE.

I look forward to reading about your experiences in this online event!

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RE: Introduce yourself
18/09/12 18:22 as a reply to Eloise Gerard.
Welcome Eloise,
Nice to meet you here and I hope to read your opinion about some of the topics we are discussing.
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RE: What to disseminate?
19/09/12 17:15
I also consider that we should choose carefully the channel and the format to disseminate our project results to different stakeholders.

I recall now attending a conference about knowledge transfer, where there was a policy-maker from the European Commission. She told the audience, mainly constituted by researchers and project managers, that one common mistake concerning dissemination of results is to send them (policy-makers) large reports and mainly at the end of the project instead of policy briefings or similar documents which have been revised and agreed with policy-makers during the lifetime of the project.

Regarding teachers, I agree with Maite that teachers are interested in knowing ways to effectively implement in class the products (e.g. educational materials) resulting from a project. However, if the resulting products have been pilot tested in class and there exist research results about how the products work in real settings and how to use them quite efficiently, then I wonder what it is a good format to disseminate these products to other teachers. You need to include specific materials that have been developed within the project accompanied by recommendations on how to use them, possible difficulties that teachers may encounter, the aims of these materials, etc. Are there formats that work well for you to communicate your results to teachers?
RE: What to disseminate?
19/09/12 16:03
When communicating your project to teachers, I believe it is important to explain concretely the contributions he/she can give and how the tools/resources/method can practically be impemented in class for example (incl. time needed, target age group, ...)

An important information to provide is also the link that can be done with the curriculum.
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