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Parallels Sessions II – 2.3 Poster Pitches

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Faciliator: Edward Duca

Cyril Dworsky, Kinderbüro Universität Wien, Austria and Karoline Iber, European Children’s Universities Network, Austria

Children’s Universities: Cultivating ‘Belonging’ for Diverse Futures in Science

Sustained interest in science and research thrives on a “sense of belonging,” crucial for those, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, diverging from academic stereotypes. Feedback from 30+ years of Children’s Universities worldwide underscores this, revealing lasting impacts—awakening dreams, fostering courage, offering new perspectives. Our poster, crafted collaboratively by the European Children’s Universities Network, depicts various vital elements and experiences. It showcases role models, engaging formats, school partnerships, and more. This dynamic “wimmelbild” invites viewers to explore and contribute, reflecting a global effort to promote science engagement. As advocates for Children’s Universities, we leverage this poster format to spark dialogue and inspiration among conference attendees, encouraging their input and visions. Unlike traditional posters, ours is a vibrant, bustling illustration, symbolizing the diverse avenues for involvement in science education.


Joana Bordalo, Native Scientists, Portugal; Joana Moscoso, Native Scientists, Portugal; Beatriz Amad, Native Scientists, Portugal; Matilde Gonçalves, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal; Ricardo Marvão, Beta-I, Portugala and Catarina Miranda, Native Scientists, Portugal

Scientists Return to their Hometown: a case study of circularity in education

In Portugal, socioeconomic and geographic factors limit access to science education. Our innovative Circular Science Engagement program addresses this by bringing scientists back to their communities to conduct workshops for 4th graders. By connecting over 1500 children with local scientists, we aim to ensure no child reaches 5th grade without meeting a scientist. Our impact assessment reveals positive shifts in children’s perceptions of science and scientists, fostering scientific literacy and social justice. Through collaboration with teachers, municipalities, and media, we bridge gaps between science and society. Children’s misconceptions about science are corrected, empowering them to become curious, participatory citizens. Join us in our mission for a more inclusive science engagement landscape.

Diana Tartaglia, CNR-INO, Italy and Costanza Toninelli, CNR-INO, Italy

A quantum physics exhibition: students and visitors engagement evaluation

The second quantum revolution promises new technologies within 5 to 10 years, with global investments focusing on Quantum Technology (QT) research and public outreach. In November 2023, CNR-INO organized a quantum physics exhibition in Florence, part of the Italian Quantum Weeks and World Quantum Day initiatives, to engage students and the public. Pre- and post-visit surveys assessed visitors’ perceptions of quantum technologies’ societal impact. This poster presents key findings from the survey analysis, filling a gap in understanding public attitudes toward QT, especially in Italy. The study aims to establish a baseline of Italian opinions at both local and national levels, informing future research and potentially serving as a model for similar studies worldwide.

Sanskruti Biswal, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Using interdisciplinarity to tell richer stories

Interdisciplinary research is crucial in addressing global challenges, extending to public engagement. “Our Mind,” a project by Edinburgh Neuroscience, funded diverse student-led research across disciplines at the University of Edinburgh. The initiative explored various aspects of the human mind, culminating in a public event attended by over 50 people. This funding empowered non-traditional research projects, fostering creativity and innovation. Breaking disciplinary boundaries, the program showcased how diverse perspectives enrich public engagement efforts. Collaboration among participants resulted in a coherent narrative presented through various media, demonstrating the multifaceted exploration of the mind. This highlights the importance of interdisciplinary approaches in both research and public engagement, bridging gaps and fostering inclusive dialogue.

Grace D’Arcy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Empowering Future Leaders: Citizen Science as a Tool to diversify representation in STEM and Drive Environmental Change

The Academy of the Near Future, in partnership with CONNECT and Dublin City Council, presents an award-winning engagement program aiming to empower citizens for sustainable and inclusive smart communities. Our citizen science initiative engaged over 500 young people across Ireland in collecting hyperlocal data on traffic-related air pollution. Through community-based action projects, we addressed air pollution and promoted active transport. This poster explores how citizen science promotes environmental action among students from diverse backgrounds, emphasizing inclusivity and amplifying underrepresented voices. Our collaboration with ICHANGE offers insights into building more equitable citizen science initiatives, particularly in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. We showcase strategies for engaging students and discuss impacts on awareness, empowerment, and environmental advocacy, offering valuable insights for inclusive citizen science initiatives.








May 15
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Event Category:


Room T 302