Proposal acronym : ON-NS/Up
Proposal full title: OPEN NETWORK Growing Up NEW SCIENCE Understanding
Date of preparation 19 /May/2005- PROPOSAL NUMBER : 030158
Type of instrument SSA
in this case: Specific Support Actions : 126.96.36.199 (a) “Science and Society “ Beyond FP6.
List of partners:
etc. (Check this participant numbering is reflected in the form A2 of each participant!)
Name of coordinating person Paolo Manzelli EGOCREANET / LRE – c/o University of Florence .
Co-ordinator email LRE@UNIFI.IT
Co-ordinator fax +39/055/4573077
A1) Include a contents list selection : SOCIETY- LIFE-SCIENCE –NEST
KEY WORD CODES FROM THESAURUS: http://fp6.cordis.lu/fp6/fp6keywords.cfm
Science Communication ; Public Understanding of Science , Science Policy.
REE WORDS: ( Max. 100 characters)
Public debate on science and society , Involvement of society in Scientific & Technological culture
PROPOSAL SUMMARY PAGE :
The centre of gravity of ON-NS/Up project proposed by the EGOCREANET (It) Scientific Association and other European partners and collaborators is to bring research on life sciences closer to society with the aim to implement social and ethical responsible research and to grow up public interest for science understanding in the context of European knowledge society . This objective will contribute to integrating and structuring European Research Area assembling a critical mass of European researchers in the multidisciplinary area of Life Science to improve the necessary aggregation of resources and research teams shoving and sharing the opportunities and the perspectives of the future European framework program and priorities in the field of life science and technology development. Partners are: SCIART (Cz), ENFA (Fr), UOP (Gr) , ESCSITE (Be), and some specialized stakeholders that can collaborate in Neurology and Stem and life-long education like : University of Bologna (It) University of L’Aquila (It) Qualital Consortium (IT), Vieusseux (It) ;Istanbul University (Tr), MIKSIKE, Educational COM.(Ee). Principal events opening Public debate on Science and Society those with the intention to promote life sciences and scientific culture will be scheduled during the year 2006 and are as follow : a) four national workshops (one day each) in the partner’s counties (Fr), (Cz) ,(Gr) , and a final Seminar (three days) organised by the Coordinator in Florence Tuscany (It) , b) the deliverables will be the production of reports of the events and other educational materials. An extended dissemination activity will largely diffused by the WEB portal (in English with abstracts in the partner’s languages) . An expected result will be an integrated approach with other good practices on strengthening links between working life, research and society creating an European space for cooperation in life science research and life-long learning.
B.1 Objectives of the proposed project
The propose ON-NS/Up project will be focused on developing a Strategy and Culture of Life Science communication with the Community to popularize advanced research, improving an European consensus and aggregation for future framework programs (Fp6 to FP7) , pursuing strategy on structuring ERA, and to follow general indications of Science and Society Agenda. As requested by the specific call id. Fp6 -2005-Science and Society-13 (188.8.131.52 –a), the ON-NS/Up partnership aim to encourage and assist public and private actors and scientists to organise themselves for improving “Life Science Communication” around the new ON-NS/Up activities in way that they become capable enhance proper initiatives at the interface of science and society. The “Centre of Gravity” of the ON-NS/Up proposal will be related to assist the European co-operation and co-ordination on the multi-disciplinary and multi-actors fields included in “Life Science and Technology” research area. The “Status of the Art” on this fundamental approach oriented to favour the citizen participation in promoting and strengthening ERA through facilitating mind-ecology. Innovation can be find in the previous actions envisaged to discuss the “science and society policy in Europe” already available at : http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/conferences/2005/forum2005/index_en.htm, and also see the link at : “Life sciences in society today: modern biology and visions of humanity”
Certainly advances in science understanding drive European growth of civil society, but some times this not represents a linear progress just because sometimes the scientific and technologic development, especially about issues regarding Life Sciences ( i.e. Genetics application on biotechnology , use of Stem cells in Bio-medicine, Cloning of plants and animals, etc.), give rise to fears and scepticism in acceptance all those among citizens. Therefore the ON-NS/Up project proposal, as it is requested by the European Commission, would like to collaborate to bridge the gap between the scientific community and society at large, developing activities to sustain the “Science and Society” work plan, opening and developing a large debate on European Citizen both (i) for supporting by ON-NS/Up activities the aggregation European Research in Life Science Area, for realizing future project beyond FP6 , and (ii) to bring together policy-makers, researchers, and European citizens toward enhancing a culture of Life Science communication.
Important themes will be : “Life Science in the changing relationship between science and society” and “ Life sciences and their influence on education and culture in contemporary knowledge society “. On the basis of such central issues, the ON-NS/Up will be fostered through a range of activities adapted to the issue, from the pooling of information; through the identification, development and spreading of good practices; to benchmarking, and target-setting across the strengthening ERA, especially looking at the perspectives and future-oriented topics of European Seventy Working Plan
Hence the ON-NS/Up purposes should focus to Public understanding and confidence of Life Science, and to Strengthen links between working life, Life Science research and Society, but also to stimulate and to assist European researchers and industry to encourage and facilitate their cross-cutting clusters for favouring a policy support on the coherent development of the European Lisbon Strategy. Improving the participation at FP7 opportunities linked the public understanding on new frontiers of Life Science and giving a future perspective of European Knowledge Society. In this sense one of the key objectives of the "ON-NS//Up“ Science & Society proposal would be the interconnection between the knowledge of the innovation triangle, it means among “Science-Society and Economy “, aiming to reinforce the Lisbon European Strategy. The next goal is broad intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective on the general argument Life Science Communication i.e. aiming to favour the understanding of European citizen about the fundamental conceptual changes from a mechanical views of traditional science to the recent developments of the science of life ( GMO, Stem cells , Nanotechnology , Bio-medicine, advances in Neuro- biology, etc.. ). All mentioned above put all into the context of the contribution of Life Science and Technology to the European Knowledge Economy dynamics. Finally the ON-NS/UP proposal would like to help create a different cultural and scientific environment about the advances in Science and Society’s vision, and the changes in the contemporary advancements of life sciences and technology, opening a debate through, Conferences , Seminars , Workshops , informative and interactive communication Web-Forums and mailing Newsletters to the following recipients:
a. the public at large – especially including young researchers , students and secondary teachers.
b. both policy- and decision makers that need to be informed about opportunities and choices from the range of options presented by Life Science Scientific and technological dynamic progress
b. Scientific journalists for improving a cultural effort regarding science of life in the clear respect to ethic problems and to public concerns and aspirations
The Science and Society ON-NS/Up actions following those objectives and purposes will draw an important role of the actions to enhance public awareness of science and society issues opening and sustaining a public debate on science and society and disseminating scientific knowledge to obtain a well-built involvement of European society in Scientific and technological culture about Life Science and Technology development in the context of growing up the European Knowledge Society.
Finally the “ON-NS//Up” European partnership will work during the project as well as information- team that it will be activated to carry out specific analysis, and international confrontations by means the Specific Support Actions to potentially support the implementation of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) achieving the following activities and events :
a) through organizing at the dates fixed for the EUROPEAN SCIENCE WEEK 2006 in Florence an international Seminar (duration of 3 days with about 100 participants), and also other three exploratory workshops organized in the four partner's countries ( France , Greece, Czech Republic and Estonia) with about 30 participants with a duration of one day each. The partner ECSITE will be more committed to guarantee a large information in Europe of the ON-NS/Up actions by means the YESS (Yearly European Science & Society event) co-organization see in : http://www.ecsite.net/new/YESS/index.asp In all events organized by the ON-NS/Up partners , to all participants should not be requested to pay any registration fee. The main purpose of ON-NS/UP activities will be to promote Life Science and Technology following the European research topics defined under the website “Research Themes in FP7”: http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/future/themes/index_en.html)
b) through developing web-models for the use of permanent e-learning on the basis of a multidisciplinary integrated system, to explore interactions between contemporary Life-Sciences and to promote comparative studies and also spreading best practices on the theme “Life Science Communication”, aiming to opening new areas of production and business by means strengthening the integration between cognitive and ICT advanced research innovation in an enlarged Europe
c) by favouring cognitive potentials for initiating follow-up research activities, and/or developing future collaborative actions within or outside the frame of Europe, giving an open access to the knowledge-based society to all European citizens including the participation of women and young scientists.
d) finally the ON-NS/Up project will been planned to increase the participation in FP7 to other complemented synergic potential sectors FP7 - Potential sectors
Some of the above research topics are defined under the website Consultation on Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7): http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/future/ssh/index_en.cfm
B.2 Relevance to the objectives of Science and Society
Sustainable development of European Knowledge Society seeks combine motivation and consensus by European Citizen on three relevant objectives: social, economic, and scientific & technological.
The above statement is more and more important when the science advancements concern the "Life Sciences" and other similar research based activities, for instance , Biotechnology GMO, Genetics, Proteomics, Bio- medicine and Bio-pharmacy (application of stem cells) , Neurology of behaviour in humans and animals. The essential approach in these areas is to develop a strategy in order to advance understanding of "Life Sciences“ among citizens , to prevent the conflicts and misunderstanding in the debate with science and public.
As a matter of fact the traditional science popularization ( i.e. Physic, Chemistry, Biology ) , is well disseminated while the recent advancement of "Life Sciences" is diffused to people more in terms of ignorance than knowledge.
Starting from lower public interest on scientific knowledge, especially in "Science of Life", becomes quite difficult to link science to economic and social-policy and progress including a good approach on ethics and other questions as an additional value.
In fact in the course of conflicting problematic made at very low level of advanced scientific knowledge , certainly it is easy to observe how much decreases the consensus of citizen to the "Life Science Advancements", so that democratic values seems to be an hindrance to an harmonic development of contemporary Science and Society.
Henceforth a sustainable design of Science and Society integration, need to take in serious consideration such problems acting between Democracy and Scientific ignorance about Life Science advancement and Socio-economic perspectives of the future European Knowledge Society.
Therefore the ON-NS/Up project would like to initiate as well as a "seed- project" to find out and test the best strategy oriented to favour a creative dynamics for implementing during the year 2006 the citizen understanding on Life Science areas, in a way that scientists and people ( i.e. young researchers , policy makers, decision makers and so on) will be oriented to facilitate future FP7 projects by means designing the better assessment and legitimacy of Science of Life advanced research and bio-technology in the context of European socio-economic development . This would be aimed at (a) encouraging greater mutual and comparative understanding of the history and the advancements of Living Sciences and Technology from an inter-disciplinary perspective; (b) favouring through international workshops and a Final Seminar for the European Science Week 2006 the growing up of skills and values necessary for the development of civil society in the context of an extended Europe.
On the bases of those perspectives of relevance the ON-NS //Up project will be active in developing a large and conscious consensus of European citizen diffusing the results of those expert international meetings by means a WEB-Portal written in agreement with a great range of cross-border and multilateral similar initiatives in Life Science dissemination
The ON-NS/Up project’s will contribute to the scientific and technological relevance by enhancing people understanding of the advanced research starting from the status of the art of the SCIENCE of LIFE and spreading on the advancements of contemporary research in a wider societal and policy of European Science and Society as well as is stated in the FP6-2004-Science-and-society-13 call. Hence the activities carried out by the ON-NS/Up project in the LIFE SCIENCE area are intended to favour Europe on taking advantage by means growing up an OPEN NETWORK for NEW SCIENCE (ON-NS) for improving multidisciplinary European science research. The ON-NS Group will work for finding an European agreement on achieving and disseminating advanced cognitions and experimental research results in decoding the genomes of living organisms, and for advance in better knowledge about the complex relationships between genetic and epigenetic characters More particularly the ON-NS/Up project’s activities will be focused to the benefit of public understanding and citizens health and consequently to increase the competitiveness of the European biotechnology industry supporting the knowledge society European development. The emphasis of ON-NS/Up dissemination actions will be put on popularizing research aimed at bringing up basic knowledge of LIFE SCIENCE through to the application stage ("translational" approach) to enable real, consistent and coordinated progress at European level in applied sciences and medicine and improve the quality of life.
Justification of the relevance in relation to an European added value concerns the "Post-genomic" research based on analysis of the communication interactivity at various levels in living systems i.e. regarding the communicative interactions between molecule-molecule, and molecule –organisms, controlled by means communications among human genome and genomes of other organisms, all this innovative effort is looking to understand the evolutionary relationships among Energy Matter and Information an establish a new conceptual paradigm of LIFE SCIENCE understanding. The above ON-NS/UP innovative actions will culminate in numerous applications in various mental health-related sectors ( neurology, biology, medicine) and notably in the development of new diagnostic tools and new treatments capable of helping to combat diseases that are not at present under control, offering major potential markets. The multidisciplinary debate organized through in presence Conferences and by means the on line dissemination, will improve ERA because of may also have implications on other research on areas such as environment and agriculture into an integrated science & society development. In addition, there is a particular priority for Europe to mobilise its efforts in a coordinated way towards combating cancer and confronting the major communicable diseases linked to poverty. This research will therefore concentrate on translating the new knowledge being created, which is not limited to genomics and other fields of basic research, into applications that improve a change of mentality of European citizen in relation to the Science of Life. Henceforth the ON-NS/Up scientific and technological relevance is focused in enabling the European Union to improve its position in ERA Trans-disciplinary area aiming to benefit fully from the economic and social spin-offs of the expected innovative scientific developments, as well as contribute to the international debate, that it is becoming necessary both to increase investment in Life Science European Industry and integrate the research activities conducted in Europe within a coherent effort by means a large popularization of the Life Science research advancements.
ON-NS/UP Specific Support Actions envisaged to discuss the science and society after FP6 including monitoring and assessment activities, and to FP7 will be used to help in preparations for future Community research and technological development policy activities especially to strengthen links between working life, research and Society
The relevance to the objectives of Science and Society can be measured by the catalytic activities carried out by the ON-NS/Up Project will be addressed to the following aspects of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) especially towards enhancing advanced research by reinforcing a culture of science communication .
- It is well known that the proposal for FP7 has been designed to continue the drive, like with FP6, towards the realisation of the European Research Area Therefore the FP7 proposal adds to the drive a strong impetus for knowledge for growth and so that for reinforcing this aim the ON-NS/Up proposal is looking forward to favour an intensive and enriching debate to promote the EU Scientific culture in preparation of future FP7 projects and to support European policy strategy to implement the growing of Knowledge Society.
Relevant FP7 identified themes includes the following “ASS” activities oriented to the reinforcement of the multidisciplinary scientific research, technological development and innovation because this triangle of knowledge is at the heart of the knowledge-based economy, and need to be considered a key factor in growth, the competitiveness of companies and employment but also a key factor for the social actuation of a cultural democratic advancement focused of the citizen’s ability to understand science and society development of the European Knowledge Society.
In particular the policy and social relevance of ASS actions will be focused to assist with specific aspects of work under the Seventh of the specific programme Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area activity on Support for the coherent Development of Research and Innovation Policies about the following European Programs: see: http://www.cordis.lu/era/fp7.htm
a) COOPERATION Program : Food, agriculture and biotechnology, where cross-thematic approaches of LIFE SCIENCES can be aggregate networks of research subjects of common interest in this interdisciplinary field and the ON-NS/Up project will help the Building strategy for the ERA of knowledge for growth.
b) Program IDEE : - The ON-NS/Up proposal will promote a strategy for giving a new impetus to increase Europe’s growth and competitiveness in the Life Science and Technology favouring to strengthen the excellence of our science base socio-economic sciences and the humanities, by means fostering competition at European level and helping the promotion of multidisciplinary and multi-actors ( Research and Industry) aggregations for participating to the future FP7 calls. The ON-NS/Up project will support “Life Science frontier research” carried out by research partnership, popularizing at European level, an integrated knowledge including socio-economic sciences and the humanities to obtain a critical consensus of the European citizen about the conscious development of LIFE SCIENCE research and technology
c) Program Capacities (see: http://www.cordis.lu/fp7/capacities.htm) especially helping SME’s to enjoy in the research infrastructures for Life Science applications as will be indicated in the sectors : Research potential of Convergence Regions and Science in society .
d) Program Citizen for Europe :
The ON-NS/Up project will give particular emphasis to citizen’s opportunity to interact and participate in constructing Science and Society future development and to act as a catalysts of an European identity taking into account , Science and Ethics fundamental approach in Life Science and Technology that will be debated, accepting the concept that "ethics does not oppose science", therefore in all the ON-NS/Up activities this notion will be considered as well as gentlemen rule to discuss ethics issues in a "friendly spirit of tolerance".
B.3 Potential impact
The ON-NS/Up project will provide results of significant value to strategic decision making of social and technological management of the dynamic evolution of knowledge society. As a matter of facts through the LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION it will become possible to transform the traditional mechanical paradigm of science and at the same times understand that this fundamental strategic change can be seen as well as a competitive advantage for developing without deep conceptual crisis. Hence the ON-NS/Up project can favour the overcoming of inconclusive uncertainties covered by a large areas of ignorance about LIFE SCIENCE understanding . So that the ON-NS/Up Seed Project will enable robust strategies to be developed on the FP7 European Program .Justification of the potential impact in the light of the European added value is a consequence of the policy strategy of the European Council in Lisbon in March 2000, where the European Union set itself the ambitious objective of becoming "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustained economic growth providing more and better jobs and greater social cohesion". Any way after five years it is possible to observe a postponement of such objective thus it is important to allow the new FP7 can accelerate the development of European Knowledge Economy. The fundamental basis of avoid the recession of Lisbon Strategy, in the perspectives of ON-NS/UP proposal, it is connected with the human resources understanding in a way that citizen can change the mentality from the old mechanical paradigm to the new life science communication paradigm. This change of mentality on Fundamental knowledge and basic tools for Life Science understanding in all organisms including specific brain research will be the Europe's main power for improving a shared conceptual change in the direction of improving knowledge driven society. This is the main effort focused by the ON-NS/Up proposal to get an wide impact to the suitable and sustainable “ Mental Change”, stressing the need for Europe's scientific innovation in education and training systems to "adjust both to the needs of the knowledge-based society and to the need to raise the level of employment and improve quality of life. Europe's transition towards a knowledge driven economy and society, and its sustainable development in the interests of the quality of life of all citizens will be all the easier if it takes place in a way which is properly understood and managed by European citizen. This require a substantial attempt in dissemination of LIFE SCIENCE research , concerning the issues of developing an integrated knowledge on the perspectives of Life Science and Technology in the context of contemporary international rethink of the developmental scenario of the future of life to obtain a sustainable knowledge economy . In respect of , economic, political, social and human sciences studies should be more integrated with LIFE SCIENCE research and technological innovation , to ensure the harnessing and exploitation of an exponentially increasing quantity of information and knowledge and an understanding of the LIFE SCIENCE processes at work in this area, i.e. human genomics, proteomics, comparative evolutionary neurology among plants, animals and human creatures. In Europe, this issue regarding the need to transform the mechanical character of the traditional science to the new paradigm of Life Sciences, arises in particular in connection to the European Union future enlargement, the functioning of cultural -democracy and new forms of scientific and technological European governance based on scientific decision-making levels and the increasing role of civil society and its representatives in the life science open debate, and in the general context of this new approach to the European Knowledge Society that can be improved in the propulsive scenario of the FP7 calls proposals. Issues such as these proposed by the ON-NS/Up programme have a clear and intrinsic European added value in the large dimension of European but also national and international research activities, and there is much to be gained by examining them from a global perspective, taking into account the historical dimension as well as the cultural heritage. Therefore it seems highly appropriate to address these aspects on the extended European scale. What is more, action taken at Union level will make it possible to ensure the requisite degree of methodological coherence and guarantee that full benefit is derived from the rich variety of multidisciplinary approach of the ON-NS Project . In fact the exploitation and/or dissemination plans of the ON-NS/ Up proposal are adequate to ensure optimal use of the project results, where beyond the participants in the current support action giving innovative contribution to the dissemination and valorisation of Life sciences areas , genomics and biotechnology for health derived by the results obtained in this field under Sixth Framework Programme and in particular in relation to strengthening ERA about some relevant FP6 results about the following thematic priority areas: Citizens and governance in a knowledge-based society ; Life sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health and Food Quality and Safety. In particular regarding the next themes: (i) Advanced genomics and its applications for health (ii) Fundamental knowledge and basic tools for functional genomics in all organisms: (iii) gene expression and proteomics; (iv) structural genomics; (v) comparative genomics and population genetics; (vi) bio-informatics; (vii) multi-disciplinary functional genomics approaches to basic biological processes. (viii) Application of knowledge and technologies in the field of genomics and biotechnology for health: (ix) technological platforms for the developments in the fields of new diagnostic, prevention and therapeutic tools (including pharmaco-genomic approaches, stem cell research and alternative methods to animal testing); (x) in the field social Science in a Knowledge Based Society in relation to the exploitation program activities oriented to mobilise and to develop in a coherent effort, in all their riches and diversity an advanced understanding of LIFE SCIENCE in an knowledge Driven European Society based on new forms of open communication and continuous learning and cultural and scientific relationships between its citizens, and between its citizens and research and governmental institutions. For the contributions previously signed by the research themes ( i- to- x ) the ON-NS/Up support actions will operatively be of assistance to the proposal strategy of the European Council in Lisbon (2000) that underlined that "human resources are Europe's main strength", stressing the need for Europe's education and training systems to "adjust both to the needs of the knowledge-based society and to the requirement to raise the level of employment and improve quality" the ON-NS/Up activities will be envisaged on the following actions oriented to a Knowledge driven Society for a better contemporary cohesion where relevant, mainly in the following fields :
- (a) - developing ITC technologies and WEB-Learning in the FP7 European (2007-13) program, especially including a comparative analysis on animal and plant neurology
- (b) - favouring creativity development of the human nervous system (ii) studying human development in youth and the brain and the ageing process as well as a fundamental competitive strategy
- (c) - enhancing European collaboration to the emergence of new forms of cultural and scientific citizenship’s understanding in the respect and cultural identities and diversities in Europe opening a social on line dialogue involving citizen and researchers in Europe as well as in the rest of the world.
In operational terms, ON-NS/UP exploitation and/or dissemination plans will also focus on support SCIENCE & SOCIETY European Program for:
(i) trans-national research and comparative studies and the coordinated development of Life Science and technology
(ii) interdisciplinary Life Science Research in support of educational and public policies;
(iii) give a contribute in support of the establishment and exploitation on a European scale of Life Science and Technology research and industry infrastructures .
The above indication about the complex exploitation and dissemination plans can develop broad approach of ON-NS/Up impact that clearly will be, not limited to multidisciplinary functional genomics approaches to basic biological processes and other Neurological fields of basic research, but will be shadowed with regard essentially to: 1) European strategies of interdisciplinary e. learning - developing necessary networks and dissemination initiatives to coordinate multidisciplinary national and European science and society research activities, - supporting translational research; 2) combating the mental poverty linked to the transition difficulties between the industrial and the post industrial society which have priority in terms of development of mental changes development at European Union and international level for improving future Knowledge Society. Following this ON-NS/Up coordinator and partners get the following main expectations and deliverables from the proposed objectives , initiatives and actions that in conclusion consists: in set up an open dialogue between the main actors of European Life Sciences and Social Sciences researchers, policy makers and the citizens including the young scientists, students and teachers, for whom awareness for a responsible future development of Science and Society as well as it is necessary aiming to establish stronger links between all these multidisciplinary European research and citizen. As a matter of facts the potential interest groups will be join opening the ON-NS/Up proposal to Universities and Research institutions, Educational Institutions, Life Science Industry, Science and Cultural Media , Citizen associations, Private Foundations, Policy and decision making groups .In particular this open dialogue mostly realized by internet mailing, and forums in the WEB-Portal , will be crucial for improving the consciousness of citizen and avoid their uncertainties coming from the real misuse of genetics, cloning, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) , medical use of stem cells. Finally a key element of ON-NS/Up societal and policy impact will be determined by the implementation of a WEB Based Infrastructure with a great LINK opportunities (www.EGOCREANET.IT) that within the project ON-NS/Up will be planned to build a web site section of LIFE SCIENCES , editing the abstracts of the conference and workshops in English delivering the results to public libraries and to Science & Society Editors and also to European Science-shops .
B.4 The consortium and project resources
Describe the role of the participants and the specific skills of each of them. Show how the participants are suited and committed to the tasks assigned to them, show complementarity between participants to generate added value with respect to Science and Society. Describe the resources, human and material, that will be deployed for the implementation of the project. Include a SSA Project Effort Form, as shown below, covering the full duration of the project. Demonstrate how the project will mobilise the critical mass of resources (personnel, equipment, finance…) necessary for success; show that the overall financial plan for the project is adequate. (Recommended/maximum length – five pages)
Mobilisation of resources requested seem reasonable for achieving the project objective will developed by utilizing the complementary roles and the specific skills of the group of partners that mobilize different experiences in a critical mass for producing and disseminating innovative resources for favouring in Europe an ASS to generate added value with respect to Science and Society, oriented towards to bridge research closer to society through empowering Culture of “Life Science Communication with the Society” .
1) EGO-CreaNet Profile (Italy) http://www.egocreanet.it - It is a telematics international "no for profit" association in joint Venture with the Laboratory of Education Research and Innovation (LRE) of the Faculty of Science of Florence University.
The role of EGO-CreaNET can be qualified as well as an “Virtual International Agency” (V.I.A.) working on Research & Development Areas .
EGOCREANET “V.I.A.” aggregate highly talented researchers with specific skills to realize an international cooperation to favour the complex strategy of improving the European Knowledge Society through improving conceptual innovation and creative alliances for realizing various projects.
- See EGOCREANET developmental strategy in : http://www.descrittiva.it/calip/dna/fasi_sviluppo_egocrea.htm
- To the EGOCREANET “V.I.A” gives adhesion an international team of European researchers and innovators All the participants of such “V.I.A. team of EGOCreaNet” , are not engaged to work on the entire goal and aims but, some of them will be requested to interact to furnish their specializations on the promotion and realization of special tasks, in some R&D projects or developmental plans in Science & Society.
Therefore during this preparation of the project proposal titled : Open Network for Growing Up New Science Understanding ( ON-NS/Up ) , where the EGOCREANET assumes the role of coordinator on the basis of an appropriated team of experts , engaged for improving and id successful to realize this proposal:
- the EGOCREANET V.I.A team in the project ON-NS/Up , was dedicated on giving a collaboration in the fields of : a) Life Science popularization and WEB-dissemination including e. Learning models and Brain Learning strategies, b) Knowledge Management on “Life Science & Business strategies ” , especially in relation to the promotion of various projects European ERA on Life Science , acting beyond FP6 , c) Web-Portal Construction for developing ICT social and economic interactivity and Human capital interaction for
- This role of EGOCREANET V.I.A. Team , must do a continuing characterization during the development of the entire ON-NS/Up project and until will obtain a successful results and a good evaluation.
- Staff of EGOCreaNET V.I.A. for the ON-NS/Up Project proposal will be composed by the -following experts: Paolo Manzelli EGOCREANET President (It) ; Giacomo Pettrini QualitalConsotioum- Pisa (It); Linda Giannini Egocreanet (It) Carlo Nati EgoCreanet (It) , Fortunati Giuseppe Egocreanet (It) , Dario Cillo, Ed.Scuola.Com (It) ; Beatrice Paradiso -Neurology University of Ferrara (It), Leonardo Piccinetti EuroConsult (Be), Sema Birler, Istanbul University,(Tr) , Stasys Paulauskas, Eksponente. Com (Lt).
For further information see: http://www.chim1.unifi.it/group/education/index.html; and specific for ON-NS initiatives see : http://www.egogreanet.it .
2) The contribution of the Civic Action Group “Dialogue between Science and Art”, Czech Republic, (www.sciart-cz.tk), short name SCIART (Cz).
The Civic Group "Dialogue between Science and Art" was officially institutionalized in May 2002. It represents a group of scientists and artists who are interested in communication with friends from opposite fields. As the communication grew from accidental to regular, the quality and forms changed. There were several reasons to organize such Non Governmental Organization (NGO). First of all, the official institution may hardly found a way to gather together such diverse group on the official basis. NGO is composed of the people who do what they consider as important, and in spite of their private time, personal involvement and input of their money, they do it because they fill it is necessary to do it. NGO is strong part of Civic Society which several times substitute the state official structures, and many time more efficiently.
Another reason for establishing such a group was the different perceptions of science and art in society. Many people view science as a cold, precise activity, one that is limited in its scope and that is ultimately dehumanizing. Its practitioners aren't viewed as people who necessarily shape the social environment. Scientists can be partially to blame for their social standing. Thanks to the need for specialization, their language has become incomprehensible to the average person. On the contrary, art is seen as something that creates integrated individuals and artists are considered as intellectuals, able to understand and express human consciousness.
The truth is that only in science do we find something really new. Current art has more or less returned to the predictable, proven patterns of the past. Society has been broken down into target groups for specific cultural products, which lower the consumer to the mass average. We're returning to the "bread and circuses" of antiquity, where the hero is the film stars, TV personality, and rock musician.
Efforts have been taken to form an association of artists and scientists to bridge the communication gap that still exist between the two. With today's technological advances creating both hope and anxiety, more than ever we need to rethink the links between these two spheres, which have so profoundly affected our human existence.
However short history of the SCIART, several very interesting and well received activities were performed. Here is the list of those most important:
1. In 2002 Art exhibition together with the Seminar was organized with the international participation both artists and scientists. The book of lectures presented on Seminar, and pictures showed on art exhibited, were published (see the web).
2. In summer 2003 the first Workshop on Science and Art was organized for high school and university students. The booklet and CD was issued reflecting mainly the art produced by participants during the workshop. Dr. Giboda was invited by Italian Netdays organizers to present his CD from about mentioned workshop, and got a price for it (see the web).
The book of essays on relation of science and art, with 27 colored pages of art
3. On 2004 the 2nd summer workshop was held with participants from Italy, Finland, Taiwan and Czech Republic.
The Jury of Netdays 2004, an initiative of the European Commission, awarded to highly commend a “Youth Knowledge Network between Taiwan and Dr. Michal Giboda, Natdays National Correspondent, Czech Republic, for the project “Dialogue between Taiwan and the Czech Republic”.
On October 11. 2004, the first Public Debate in Czech Republic on Science and Art was held in one of the most popular theatre in Prague. The theater was completely sold out since very prominent artists and scientists were participating.
The debate has showed public interest in the topic discussed in untraditional way and outside the classical institutions.
Dr. Michal Giboda was hosted by Czech Radio in the popular program “Guest at Home” where outside his professional activities in tropical countries (specialist in human tropical parasitosis), even the issue of science and art wsa discussed.
4. Similar debate was held in the facility of Ministry of Culture of the Czech
Republic on 21 March 2005. The other speakers and other audience discussed
on theme “Science and Art – similarities and differences”.
The summer workshops become a tradition and South Bohemian Regional Autority include the 2005 workshop among the most prestigious activities of 2005. (see the Program in attachment).
5. The professional profiles of Dr. Michal Giboda, including his extracurricular activities (TV, newspaper, member of the Syndicate of Czech journalists, etc.) are seen on the web site www.sciart-cz.tk.
During the time several people both from scientific and artistic circle became active collaborators. On behalf of many I would like to mention some:
- Dr. Frantisek Weyda, Czech Academy of Sciences, digital photography.
- Dr. Peter Vopenka, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, former minister of education of the Czech Republic.
- Tomas Proll, sculptor.
- Vaclav Hanus, president of the Czech Nuclear Society
- Martina Minarikova, jeweler.
- Tomas Pajdla, computer specialist
- Stanislav Diviš, painter, Professor on Academy of Art
- Andrej Stančák, neuroscientists, Professor of neurophysiology at Medical
All those people are keenly interested in the spreading the information to the public and make society more capable critically thinking. The described project resources can be useful as well as a starting up critical mass to encourage the development of learning objects and tools for maintaining an adjourned dissemination Life Science and technology research included in the ON-NS/Up Project proposal and at the same time to engage additional members from the broader Life Sciences Research community and to provide a forum for exchange of experiences and best practices in the use of the standards developed.
3)- ENFA- Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique de Toulouse-Auzeville (Fr) :
contribution to ON-NS/Up project.
ENFA is the National French Institute for initial training and in-service training for all the teachers of the Ministry of Agriculture (from all disciplines). It is engaged in science education research, especially in the field of biotechnology. This specific position allows it to try and improve science understanding of secondary pupils, especially their knowledge on the nature of science and on the inter-relation between science and society. This public is of importance for the future of European Research.
ENFA is part of the « Agrobiopole » of Toulouse which brings together centres of research, centre devoted to agricultural teaching as well as the « Services Centraux du Ministère de l’agriculture », and several professional organisations. In particular, an IFR (Institut Fédératif de Recherche ) devoted to Cell Signalling and plant Biotechnology, comprising 20 research groups is part of the « Agrobiopole ». The « association des semenciers », bringing together 21 industries in the field of plant selection is implicated in the « Agrobiopole ». All these factors allow ENFA to establish relationship with industry and research institutes.
The interdisciplinary research team “Didactiques des Questions Scientifiques Economiques et Sociales Emergentes” works on Socio-Scientific Issues in education in the field of Science-Technology- Society. Researchers in education in different disciplines are members of this team, this allows us to study the social and economical implications of science and technology. We have studied formal and unformal education in science museums.
ENFA was an European Initiative for Biotechnology Education (EIBE) partner since 1995 and contributed to its activities till the end of the programme in 2000 (member of the research and evaluation group, organisation of workshop and seminar, contribution to the development of unit, contribution to international conferences, publications of research papers,...). Last year, we have assessed the Université des Lycéens (University of High-School Students). This University was set up in France by the Mission d'Animation des Agrobiosciences or MAA in order to make scientific knowledge more relevant to students and to combat a growing lack of interest in science among students. The scheme involves a series of lectures to students by scientists, each followed by a debate. The organisers hope that by 'personifying' scientific research in this way, students will be more motivated and will begin to see the nature of science and careers in science in a different way. Some of selective publications on these issues are :
Biology Education For The Real World – Student – Teacher – Citizen, J. Lewis, A. Magro, L. Simonneaux (Eds.) 2003, 366p.,Toulouse : ERIDOB - ENFA.
Simonneaux, L. (2003). Different types of classroom debates on biotechnology. Are these simply an exercise in rhetoric or do they encourage a well-founded critical attitude ? , In Science Education Research in the Knowledge-Based Society, Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 285-294.
Albe, V. & Simonneaux, L. (2002). Teaching socio-scientific issues in classrooms, National Association for Research in Science Teaching, 7-10 avril 2002 à New Orleans (USA).
Simonneaux, L. (2002). Analysis of classroom debating strategies in the field of biotechnology, Journal of Biological Education, 37, 1, 9-12.
Simonneaux, L. (2001). Role-play or debate to promote students' argumentation and justification on an issue in animal transgenesis. International Journal of Science Education. Vol 23, N° 9, 903-928.
Simonneaux, L (2000). Influence of cultural and disciplinary identity on the way teachers in agricultural education in France relate to knowledge in biotechnology. New Genetics and Society, Vol 19, N° 1, 23 - 48.
Simonneaux, L.; Ducamp, C.; Albe, V. ; Simonneaux, J. & Hirtzlin, N., Are high-school students' perceptions of science affected when scientists present their work to them? ESERA 2005 Barcelone
4) - The contribution of the Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of Peloponnese (http://www.uop.gr, short name: UOP(Gr)
The Department of Social and Educational Policy of the University of Peloponnese was established under the Presidential Decree 118/2003 and belongs to the School of Social Sciences, in Corinth. Its prime mission is to offer under-graduate at this stage and post-graduate at a latter stage, university level education, focusing on the scientific study and analysis of all the dimensions of the framework, i.e. the structural, organizational, functional, administrative, political, economic and social within which various educational processes (both formal and informal) are developed. Τhe Department of Social and Educational Policy currently provides individual modules (e.g. ‘Science-Technology-Society’, ‘Life Long Education and Learning’, ‘Communication Theories’ ‘Issues of Functional Literacy: Science, Informatics, Mathematics’, ‘Informal Education’) as well as a whole group of modules entitled ‘Communication and Development of Educational Materials and Programmes” which have strong relevance to the field of ‘Science Communication’. The provision of these modules denotes the strategic orientation of the Department towards the development of novel methodologies for diffusing specialized techno-scientific knowledge to non-expert audiences through educational interventions either within formal or informal types of knowledge-based institutions (schools, universities, training centers, museums, NGOs, etc). It is exactly this strategic orientation, which makes the academic interests of the Department to fit so tightly with the general objectives of the ON-NS/Up project. Furthermore, specific members of the teaching and research staff who have recently moved to the Department by conducting research in the area of Science Communication and Public Understanding of Science and Technology have developed over the years a cummulative experience and expertise on these issues which has resulted into novel techniques and perspectives that could be proved beneficial to the ON-NS/Up project. Specifically, the two key persons Prof. Vasilis Koulaidis and Dr. Kostas Dimopoulos (Assistant Professor) have significant research and teaching experience on the issue of science and technology communication for non-experts. Some of their selected publications on these issues are:
· Dimopoulos, K. & Koulaidis, V., (2002), The Socio-epistemic Constitution of Science and Technology in the Greek Press: An Analysis of its Presentation, Public Understanding of Science, 11, 225-241.
· Dimopoulos, K. & Koulaidis, V., (2003), Science and Technology Education for Citizenship: The potential role of the Press, Science Education, 87, 241-256.
· Dimopoulos, K., Koulaidis, V. & Sklaveniti, S., (2003), Towards an analysis of visual images in the school science textbooks and the press’ articles about science and technology, Research in Science Education, 33. 189-216.
· Chrisridou, V., Dimopoulos, K. & Kou laidis, V., (2004), Constructing Social Representations of Science and Technology: The role of metaphors in the Press and the Popular Scientific Magazines, Public Understanding of Science, 13, 347-362.
· Dimopoulos, K., Koulaidis, V. & Sklaveniti, S., (in press), Towards a framework of socio-linguistic analysis of science textbooks: the Greek case, Research in Science Education
Besides, members of the Department have participated in the past in national and european projects of relevant aim with the proposes SSA. Examples of such projects recently completed are:
‘Inside the Big Black Box -IN3B’ (RPTN-2001-010) coordinated by CERN (2002-2004). Project within the 5th Framework of the European Commission (Improving Human Research Potential and the Socio-economic Knowledge Base) and coordinated by the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) aiming at analyzing the visits of both students and of members of the general public to European research centers conducting advanced research in particle Physics. The objective of the project is the results of this analysis to be used for improving the strategies employed by similar research centers in the popularization of the specialized knowledge they produce.‘The Human Genome in Schools’, coordinated by Ciencia Viva (Organization of the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology), Project for the cooperation of European schools on the social and scientific dimensions of Biotechnology, 2001. Therefore, the participation of the Department of Social and Educational Policy to the ON-NS/Up is expected to strengthen the consortium, in the sense that it has significant experience and expertise on the aspects of the project that have to do with the communication and diffusion of the knowledge about new advancements in Life Sciences to different kind of non-expert publics (e.g students, journalists, lay public). The Department of Social and Educational Policy has developed and tried a multiplicity of ways for communicating complex techno-scientific knowledge especially in the context of educational settings which are central addressees of the ON-NS/Up project. Furthermore, the participation of a partner from Greece, a society with very polarized public attitudes towards the applications of Life Sciences, contributes significantly representative of the societies from which the project originates.
5) ECSITE CONTRIBUTE to the ON-NS/Up Project : see website http://www.ecsite.net/new/index.asp
ECSITE is a well known European Collaborative Association for Science Industry and Technology Exhibitions. ECSITE is the representative organisation for not-for-profit science-based visitor attractions in Europe. We have around 300 member science and discovery centres serving some 30 million visitors annually in 25 different European countries. The Prof. Richard Gregory from Bristol University principal creator of ECSITE interact till from the 1996, with Dr. Paolo Manzelli now President of EGOCreaNET for the foundation of ECSITE so that an confirmed collaboration is well established that can be useful and suitable to the tasks of a large dissemination to 25 European Countries, assigned to ECSITE of the project results ON-NS/Up. This task follows the guiding principle of ECSITE and its role of interactivity in promoting closer and more constructive engagement between science and society in Europe. We seek to improve the quality and quantity of provision in the science and discovery sectors by: disseminating information; facilitating exchange of ideas and best practice; promoting fruitful collaboration and partnership, research, and professional development and training. Therefore ECSITE in the ON-NS/Up program will achieved in a high-quality of collaborative relationship and complementarity between the other partners and stakeholders to generate added value with respect to Science and Society European Programs including Life science Education . As a matter of facts ECSITE develops “Xplora” , the European science education gateway, is preparing a series of chats with top experts in science and science education where two persons belonging to EGOCREANET, Linda Giannini and Carlo Nati , are working like experts in e. learning contents. Xplora gateway keeps track of current events in science education in Europe so that it will be possible to co-ordinate a strategy for Strengthen links between working life, research and Society, and also to co-organise some other Local and Regional Dialogue on “Science and Society” .
Final B4 consideration :
The resources, human and material, that will be deployed for the implementation of the ON-NS/Up project all the partners of ON-NS/Up consider sufficient including the SSA Project Effort Form, covering the full duration of the project. In relation to the financial Budget it is clearly each partner can mobilize other sources by other financial agency and in any case they agree that they do not ask a fee for the participants at the meetings , workshops , and international Seminar organised on the basis of this ON-NS/Up proposal.
Therefore the perspective about critical mass of resources (personnel, equipment, finance…) of the ON-NS/Up project is considered completely adequate for the necessary for success of the entire proposal. .
B.5 Project management
1) Organisation, management and decision making structures of the project.
The ON-NS/Up Working Plan Management will operate at three levels:
As a forum for discussion and exchange of information about methodology and content issues among the network participants, with a view to circulate problems, solutions, good practices and models and with a particular emphasis on facilitating the institutionalisation of monitoring the impact of new Life Sciences Advancements. As a concerted action group where the conditions will be explored and decisions will be taken about the feasibility of setting a ‘European golden standard’ for disseminating the new Life Science Advancements so as to maximise accessibility and informative potential on the part of the European citizens. As an 'inner circle' of institutions already active and specialised in this field that not only aims at improving their standards and their collaboration but also at stimulating an 'outer circle' of academic and research institutions, policy makers, media and social actors in other member states with a view to expand the activity and the practical use of the information it conveys. Rapid and efficient communication systems will be essential for the network functioning. The exchange of information must be easy to achieve, accurate and suitable to the nature of the communication. Electronic mail will be used for communicating papers, informal letters, conferences on specific topics, discussion of minutes, project planning etc. e. mailing and faxing will be used for circulation of advanced notice of meetings and agendas for all urgent information that needs to be supported by copies. Normal postal services will be used for final documentation and the circulation of deliverables. A reporting structure and standard procedure will be introduced to support co-ordination. The network manager will offer the administrative support and collect the required information from the partners accordingly.
The main responsibilities of the project management include:
maintaining the work-plan ; ensuring the time plan and critical path of the network are maintained ; establishing documentation standards of the network; keeping an up-to-date network library; providing technical liaison and support to the partners; co-ordinating the production of interim reports and final reports as well as the submission of costs statements to the Commission; representing the project.
The ON-NS/Up network as a whole will be overseen on a day-to-day basis by the Director based at EGOCREANET (It). They will be aided by, and immediately answerable to, the Management Committee, which will consist of five additional members (one representative from each participant). We outline the responsibilities of the various parts of the network in the next section. Responsibilities : The Director will have supervisory responsibility for ON-NS/Up on a weekly basis. He will have responsibility for the allocation of funds to the network members in accordance with the budget agreed with the European Commission and any mutually agreed variations of that budget. The Director will have responsibility for producing the high quality deliverables, in conjunction with the Management Committee. The Management Committee as a whole will have the responsibility for ensuring that all member institutions are contributing as expected to the network, and for taking appropriate action to ensure that all the deliverables are produced in a timely fashion. Individual Management Committee members may have specific responsibilities delegated to them by the Director. Meetings :The Management Committee will meet as least twice during the project’ workshops and seminar , and more often, if required. In order to save on travel costs, these meetings will be arranged, as far as possible, to coincide with other network meetings. Email will be used to facilitate discussion, and to ensure that the meetings are well prepared. Problem posing and solving :Based on the experience of past projects, the resources requested (Section B4) and the methodology proposed (Section B6) should enable the network to reach its goals in a timely fashion. There is no substitute for good working relationships and goodwill throughout the network, and every effort will be made to solve problems in this spirit. But three key problems that would seriously affect the performance of ON-NS/Up can be foreseen. Delay in organizing the workshops: The Director– on a daily basis – and the Management Committee will monitor this. Should delays be identified, the Director, after urgent discussion with the Management Committee, will alert the entire network to the problem(s), and ask for additional assistance. Budgetary amendments may be made to reflect this situation. Shortfall in speakers for the workshops: The responsibilities of the member institutions outlined above make it clear that they are bound to provide speakers, and there should thus be adequate speakers for all the envisaged workshops. The Director– on a daily basis – and the Management Committee will monitor this. Should any institution(s) fail to meet their responsibilities in this respect, however, the Director, after urgent discussion with the Management Committee, will alert the entire network to the problem(s), and ask for additional volunteer speakers. Budgetary amendments may be made to reflect this situation. Shortfall in participants for the workshops: The duties of each participant is to ensure the adequate participation to all the scheduled workshops. The Director– on a daily basis – and the Management Committee will monitor this. Should a lack of participants be identified, the Director, after urgent discussion with the Management Committee, will alert the entire network to the problem(s), and ask for additional assistance. In particular, members will be asked to contact research groups in their own institutions, with a view to recruiting further participants. Budgetary amendments may be made to reflect this situation.
2) activities arising in the ON-NS/UP Working Plan Management
The table below lists the working plan management that will developed in agreement towards the main objective to grow up a Culture of “Life Science Communication with the Society”. The partners will integrate the partnership results and reports providing a large co-ordination of other web-links to compose in a WEB-Portal additional information at European level in the various and complex research areas of Life Science.
STAKEHOLDERS adhesions :
The adhesion list OF STAKEHOLDERS , represent the network of collaborators of EGOCREANET “VIA” ( Virtual International Agency). In fact each stakeholder would like to participate to the Open Network For New Science, and will give a contribute to the project proposal though direct participation of some persons to the working staff EGOCREANET “VIA” for improving recent debate about targets and effectiveness of network policies at the EU level in the filed of “Science and Society” on emerged social needs and priorities over Framework Programmes aiming at shaping a European Research Area.
The following research and educational institutions has given their motivation to collaborate like stakeholders of ON-NS/Up proposals justifying the importance and the complexity of the ON-NS/Up project for helping the SCIENCE& SOCIETY and for implementing the programmed activities getting a their collaboration in specialized life science areas like neurology and stem cells differentiation , post-Genomics research and in life-long education on science and society :
2) Centro Neuroscenze Universita’ di Ferrara (It) http://web.unife.it/centro/centro_neuroscienze/
Contact : Dr. Beatrice Paradiso ; <email@example.com>
3) Fondazione Marino Golinelli <firstname.lastname@example.org>
In collaboration with Life Learning Centre –University of Bologna (It) email@example.com ;
4) Istanbul University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine ; Department of Reproduction & A.I.Istanbul / TURKEY - Contact : Prof. Sema Birler <firstname.lastname@example.org>
2) intellectual property issues.
The rules for participation of the FP6 (Regulation 2321/2002) and the contract that participants in an FP6 project sign with the European Community as well indicated in IPR HELP DESK and in: < http://www.ipr-helpdesk.org/documentos/docsPublicacion/html_xml/8_ESIndividualObligationsvs[0000006204_00].html > ,are well known and accepted by all the partners and collaborators that accept consciously the obligations of the contractors, both considered as a whole (the partnership consortium) and individually.
Implementation action plan on Science & Society : introduction to the structure the ON-NS/Up focused on the centre of gravity on life sciences “ERA” growth in the changing methodology and relationships between science and society. plan and methodology used to achieve the objectives.
INTRODUCTION: An introduction should explain the structure of this Implementation plan and how the plan will lead the participants to achieve the objectives. It should also identify significant risks, and contingency plans for these. Implementation plan introduction – explaining the structure of this plan and the overall methodology used to achieve the objectives.
The activities covered by the field of S&S are especially important in the light of rapid scientific and technological developments taking place in a modern society. Firstly, to achieve this goal, an informed public debate should be actively facilitated with an especial emphasis in the field of LIFE SCIENCE advanced research and technology . Therefore the ON-NS/Up S&S Action Plan supports these important goals and serves as a tool to regulate scientific and social progress, in the context of the development of European Knowledge Society. Secondly, to avoid a misuse of scientific and technological progress, the ON-NS/Up activities should be directed and informed by fundamental ethical principles. This is very important because sometimes regarding the frontiers of Life Science and Bio-technology an open Science Dialogue brings rather controversial results for the humanity that need to take in careful consideration by researchers that will to obtain a social and economic development of the results of their advanced scientific research.
ON-NS//Up project proposal will develop activities in a comparative
European approaches to disseminate the scientific LIFE SCIENCE
advancement in an integrated multidisciplinary contest able to integrate
economic and social values of a sustainable Knowledge Society
development. This can be made
-Organizing four national WORKSHOPS ( One day with about 30 person including European Speakers) and a Final International SEMINAR that will be held in three days in Florence c/o the antique Gabinetto Scientifico e Letterario VIEUSSEUX in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence Italy where it will be possible to incorporate a multiplicity of historical perspectives; drawing on social, cultural, political and economic approaches to history of science.
A contents explanation the structure of the On-ns/Up Working-plan and the overall methodology used to achieve the European objective of strengthening the European research area (ERA) will be done by collecting interdisciplinary researchers through a collaboration to the same objective to be open to the Science and Society impact of and in this way to overcome the weaknesses of science frontiers understanding by promoting greater exploitation and dissemination of advanced science popularization to European citizen . Following the above methodology to make science frontier more attractive to people, EGOCREANET/LRE of the University of Florence (It) , get a successful enterprise organizing the previous National Seminar on Bio-Information ( see: http://www.edscuola.it/archivio/lre/settimana_scienza_05.pdf ). This National Science Week seminar was oriented to give a look to the future of science for improving “bio-information” in science and society covering the following topics including bio-society , bio-technology , bioethics, community engagement in life sciences and in formal and not formal education
In similar way but now at European level , the ON-NS/Up working plan including the 2006 European Science Week will be focused on facilitating the public understanding of Life Science frontiers : hence the ON-NS/Up activities will be planned on the following interdisciplinary topics all including the goal of improving LIFE SCIENCES in the changing relationship of science and society and to assist with specific aspects of work under the Sixth Framework Programme for RTD for the implementation of the specific programme Integrating and Strengthening the European Research Area activity on Support for the coherent Development of Research and Innovation Policies.
Those principal contents of LIFE SCIENCE will be developed during the work plan activities particularly oriented :
i.) - To learn best practices and exchange knowledge, experience and solutions with all the participating speakers/ delegates.
ii. )- To provide the most up-to-date information and innovative Scientific understanding about the paradigm change from mechanical one to the Life Science more appropriate interpretation and learning .
iii. )- To increase alliance and networks for improving multi-disciplinary dissemination to European citizen on Life Science and Technology important issues.
iv. )- To favour partnership opportunities for undertaking various feasible FP7 European projects.
The main conceptual themes on Life Sciences rationale and their influence on education and culture in contemporary knowledge society, taken in consideration by the ON-NS/Up working plan will be the following :
1) -Energy /Matter / Information Paradigm .
2) - Molecular life origin : bio-catalysis and chemical communication
3) - Genetic and Epigenetic interaction in the Life evolution (“stem cells differentiation”)
4) - Bio-gene communication in micro-living systems (prokaryotes and eukaryotes)
5)- Plant Neurology and other Plant systems of communication
6) -Communication strategies of social insects .
7)-Comparative neurology in animals and humans (“Mirror Neurons”)
8) -Recent discoveries in human neurology in relation to enhancing creativity
9) -Web- Learning initiatives for Life Sciences Communication
10) - Journalists and other media joined to ON-NS/Up program in Life Science communication
11) -Workshop for pre-planning future collaborative research activities on Life Science Issues and enjoining consortia to develop FP6 and FP7 European Calls.
12)- ON-NS/Up partnership meeting for planning dissemination of final results
and for improving future extension of ON-NS/Up initiatives .
Brief illustration of the rationale in the fundamental science reasoning of the previous twelve topics:
ON-SS/UP – Project’s Rationale . Explaining the main aims of the collaborative research in Science and Society.
-Energy /Matter / Information Paradigm .
1) - Science developed in the context of Industrial Society exclusively deal with objective observable reality and for this approach accepts a dualistic nature of Energy and Information where information is considered as well as a subjective entity. Looking to the post industrial knowledge society where is becoming important to transform virtual ideas into tangible systems and economic effective co-organization in the networking economy , the “information –energy duality” need to be changed because the real great interdependence of the two properties in a not mechanical understanding of nature and also in the “information society” contemporary development where information is becoming more fundamental than energy. So that Information theory has been changing in the last decades. Information “bits” effectively encoded in Energy states for instance they are represented by electron spin up or spin down to interpret various dynamic systems of communication in nature. Moreover recent the studies of the of the catalytic transformation in chemistry and biochemistry represents the catalysis as an informational system able to transform chaos to order in the dynamic transformation of dissipative structures where self-organization process occurs. Therefore a fundamental look to the future of science is focused on the missing the old paradigm based on the Information-energy duality in complex self- organizing systems : (http://www.edscuola.it/archivio/lre/science.html)
- Molecular life origin : bio-catalysis and chemical communication
2) - Advanced understanding of Molecular Life Origin allows us to investigate cellular processes in such detail that we can finely tackle one of human’s ultimate questions: ‘What is Life?’. Chemical evolution that led to the origin of life is an important study to understand the catalytic behaviour of earth , when small organic molecules, like amino acids, could accumulate in the pores of a zeolite for assembling them into proteins and protecting them from destruction by the sun light. Those studies can generate an important impact factor also for contemporary planetary change and for generate imagination and strategies of the future improvement ,oriented by human knowledge, for expending the living system in the other planet of Universe.
Genetic and Epigenetic interaction in the Life evolution (“stem cells differentiation”)
3) - This topic in the mind of the convenors means to open a debate Towards An Epigenetic Biology and Biomedicine. Modern biomedicine has replaced the concept of "organism" seen as well as a survival machine in which life is reduced to the mechanistic workings of an evolved collection of genes because the old approach of genetic dogma based on a mechanical reductionism does not permit as promised a linear genetic prediction of health. or diagnosis of disease. The logic of health and disease resides not in genes alone, but in an epigenetic regulatory codex recognized by cells and in all organisms - networks that are coextensive with the external world and reply together to genetic and epigenetic codifications. Starting from those considerations this topic concerns the necessity for the future of science to go beyond the Reductionism of genetic determinism and to favour the emergence of Epigenetic Biology and Bio-medicine. A case study can be the grow factors of Stem Cells differentiation. . Stem cells are important to cotemporary Life science both in theory of Bio-evolution and for advances opportunities in health care. In fact the old axiom “one gene one protein” no longer holds true and stem cells bio-genetic research can comprehend the gene versatility opening “Gene Splicing Systems” in complex evolutionary organisms and this notions can be important to combat genetic human disease. In fact an average calculation of human single gene , permits to know that he generates about three alternatively splicing of m-RNA messenger transcriptions. Therefore at least 15% of the gene mutations can produces gene diseases ( and probably certain cancers as well) obtained by affecting pre – mRNA splicing differentiation. Therefore m-RNA studies on splicing signals and m-RNA splicing therapeutic innovative applications will be considered one of the most an important issue of the ON-NS/Up program.
- Bio-gene communication in micro-living systems (prokaryotes and eukaryotes)
4) Studies of Bio-genetic interaction of Micro living systems as well as body//antibody communication are fundamental for improving the understanding of the immune system evolution and open a better knowledge of the communication interactive factors effecting of the anti-infective resistance of the human body. Also those research can give opportunities to develop bio-nanotechnologies enhancing future productivity of bio-technology.
- Plant Neurology and other Plant systems of communication
5)- Looking to the future of science it is possible to discover the goodness of some intuition of the past where plants are considered more similar to animals . Advances in plant physiology helped confirm this, especially with regard to some of the basic physiological processes, such as respiration, digestion, and cell growth, where plants often provided the material of choice for experimental studies. All principal metabolic biochemical pathways are conserved in both animal and plant cells. As a big surprise, plants have been shown to be identical to animals from several other rather unexpected perspectives. For their reproduction, plants use identical sexual processes based on fusing sperm cells and ovocytes. Next, plants attacked by pathogens develop immunity using the corresponding processes and mechanisms operating in animals. Last but not least, both animals and plants use the same molecules and pathways to drive their circadian rhythms. Currently, plant science has discovered a new area of plant neuro-biology because plants use not only action potentials but also synaptic modes of cell-cell communication . Remembering that the word neuron was taken by animal neurobiologists from the old Greek language where the original meaning of this word is vegetal fibre, thus, the term ‘plant neurobiology’ appears to be justified also though etymology For more information see Plant Neurology Seminar in : http://izmb.de/volkmann/plantneuro/programme.html
- Communication strategies of social insects .
6) The multiple communication interaction of social insects has been studied as models of self-organization driven by pheromones in a mechanical approach useful to utilize in feedback of robots. Today the approach is becoming different from the past because the ethologic research is more focused in the learning graphs signalling approach used by the biological systems in an interactive multi-agent information for collecting and communicating information about their environment. This new approach can develops modelling of general formations with limited sensory and communication capabilities. (http://www.dbag.unifi.it/wasps/info-gru.htm)
Comparative neurology in animals and humans (“Mirror Neurons”)
7) The discovery of “mirror neurons” made by the Italian Scientist Giacomo Rizzolatti (*) and collaborators , located in the frontal lobes get a reflection about the potential relevance to human brain evolution and hence for the creative methodology of learning. Scientists all over the world have recently confirmed the importance of the “mirror neuronal system” that explains how modelling/mimicking process it is central to much human learning and so that they start to explore the relationship between “mirror neuron’s activity” and our ability to imagine our own planned actions, in a way that can be empathetic, and can develop articulated speech and other forms of communication. “Mirror neurons” may thus eventually help to explain many teaching and e-learning ICT advancements in which cognitive and methodological modelling provides teachers and students to be connected with an effective behavioural interactive patterns. Those applications are till now experimented to follow and also to help the overcoming of some disabilities (such as autism) in which children can't read the minds of others. Therefore taking attention to the important function of “Mirror Neurons”, that theoretically allow also ‘virtual’ (off-line) information to be processed in computational ICT virtual models, it will become possible to enhance e-learning processes by means of the development of computer simulation models based on "imitation learning strategy" in a way that will provide a unifying framework between ICT applied on educational field and Human Learning potential based on computer “virtual reality imitation” in enhancing e-learning strategies. As a matter of facts ON-NS//Up applications on the neurological and cognitive sciences integrated relationships will be purposeful also among the changes between short working memory and long term permanent memory domain trying to acquire a new skill in the information society. (*) http://www.unipr.it/arpa/mirror/english/staff/rizzolat.htm
-Recent discoveries in human neurology in relation to enhancing creativity
8) Today through neuro- imagine of brain people can immediately seen the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Emotional Experience . The fact that today cognitive processes are through neuro- imagine are not more largely non-conscious subjective elements as well as was considered in the cultural previous scientific cognitions. Also the discoveries of the interactive functions of Mirrors Neurons can been given a new physiological approach to the natural basis of inter-subjectivity of learning of human brain by means the natural and historical environment Hence in spite of the Spinosa’ anticipation , taken into account by the Antonio Damasio speculations about the mistake of Cartesio , the recent discoveries in human neurology are getting a deep challenge for changing the mechanical scientific thought . Hence an expectation of a radical deconstruction and reconstruction of scientific knowledge nowadays is supported by a number of research in the cognitive neurosciences believing to help people social and individual enhancement by means facilitating brain knowledge in all aspect of life including work , sport , schools health, creativities enhancing a better state of consciousness in mental and physical creative evolution .
-Web- Learning initiatives for Life Sciences Communication
9) General contemporary trends and problems of Education and Research development in conditions of emerging interactive ICT in an European LIFE SCIENCE Environment will be included into new principles of Education in e. learning and e. book editions will be based on the contemporary paradigm shift . In particular main Principles of Teaching in Networked “bio-Information” Environment will be developed in a open confrontation with existing experiences in Europe and in collaboration with the Bio-learning initiative c/o the University of Bologna (It) http://www.bioelearning.it/ An important role for e. Learning in helping their companies address important knowledge and e. learning issues will be focused in helping life-sciences companies to recognize more strategic and longer-term benefits in spending their sponsorship not only in the reclaims of products but for improving e. learning and advanced knowledge processes—which are especially important in the highly knowledge-intensive life-sciences industry—and better education of customer constituencies and business partners.
- Journalists and other media joined to ON-NS/Up program in Life Science communication
10) To increase alliance and networks for improving multi-disciplinary dissemination to European citizen on Life Science and Technology important issues will be open a strong correspondence with Scientific Journalists and other science diffusion media in a way that they can joined to ON-NS/Up dissemination program in Life Science communication
-Workshop for pre-planning future collaborative research activities on Life Science Issues and enjoining consortia to develop FP6 and FP7 European Calls.
11) This session will be especially devoted for favouring pre-planning future collaborative research activities on Life Science Issues and enjoining consortia to develop FP6 and FP7 European Calls on the themes related to “ Life Sciences, Genomics and Biotechnology for Health “
- ON-NS/Up partnership meeting for planning dissemination of final results
and for improving future extension of ON-NS/Up initiatives
12) ON-NS/Up partnership meeting for planning dissemination of final results and for improving future expansion of ON-NS/Up initiatives for Stimulating the creativity of basic research and through collaboration between advanced research and training systems various levers of learning in Europe.
PARTNERSHIP’S CONTRIBUTIONS ON THE SCIENCE & SOCIETY 2006 EVENTS and OTHER ASS Initiatives
1) – EGOCREANET (It) - Those twelve arguments will be concentrated in the program of the SCIENCE WEEK in NOVEMBER 2006 , on the title “LIFE SCIENCE COMMUNICATION” organized in Florence by the coordinator including the results obtained by the national workshops previously organized by the other ON-NS/Up partners. The objective of such event will be to put in contact the investigators of the countries members UE that have of the specific competencies in the arguments before described with coming from investigators of the similar field from the new countries and members UE (Hungary, Polonia, Slovakia, Cyprus) and from the countries it associates candidates to you (Rumania and Bulgaria) and also Turkey. The scientific network that will be invited to participate at the Science Week 2006 will be interdisciplinary and are aimed at coordinating activities to stimulate and consolidate the community in the particular fields described in the rationale of ON-NS/Up project all belonging to its centre of gravity for improving European Collaborative Research Projects in the integration of Science and Social Sciences and focused on the priorities of LIFE Science in the present (FP6) and future (FP7) framework program. .Three day sessions are previewed: on the basis of the above arguments : (1-5) First day , (6-9) Second day , (10-12) Third day. A list of proposed lecturer will be selected on the basis of their curricula and of their scientific excellence in relation to the topics and the opportunities to develop common proposed development for strengthening ERA in the general field of Life Science , in relation to aggregate the critical mass of expertises and resources to achieve he proposed ON-NS/Up objectives and to fulfil the expected results. The rationale described will be shown in a simple form remembering the slogan of EGOCREANET in proposal to the mental growth of scientific creativity looking to the work of LEONARDO da VINCI , we can say “ SIMPLE ART-DESIGN OF SCIENCE UNDERSTANDING CAN AVOID INFORMATION OBFUSCATION , GETTING INTENSE CREATIVE CONTENTS"
2) SCIART - Czech Republic : contribution to ON-NS/Up plan of actions for 2006.
The Civic Action Group “Dialogue between Science and Art,” in the Czech Republic was established as a platform to build the partnership between scientists, the educational organization, furnishing youth with knowledge, and cultural organization offering a guidance in moral and ethical values. Therefore we would like to work as well as partner of the ON-NS/Up proposal to achieve this, diverse form of conference, an exhibition of art, inspired by Science and Society framework program organizing workshops and public debates around the centre of gravity of the ON-NS/Up proposal We try to bridge science with art in order to improve communication with the public since there is a lack of communication between science and art, science and society, and nowadays also between art and society, with the exception of so called “entertainment”. To build a bridge among different social strata has a goal to make society, especially the young generation, more educated, capable of critical thinking, and being qualified to accept scientific discoveries and a new technology, instead of to being scared and misinformed by different unqualified groups and individuals. New discoveries in neurobiology and cognitive sciences have shown, that visualizing science, which illustrates the interrelation between structure and function, make the learning process easier, and science more attractive, especially, when it is associated with strong emotional experience. Such approach may form a new paradigms leading to enhance creativity, vision and abstraction. Creativity is the basic principle for improving personal intelligence and leads to progress of society.
What do we could learn by such a communication strategy in science & society ?
To discover the beauty in the organic and inorganic world besides rationality and functionality.
To take away strong artistic impulses from the search for a deeper level of relationships between scientific progress (and the resulting general progress) and emotion.
To visualize emotions and associations which are inspired by the discovery and understanding of new material and which are quintessential for that understanding of the processes of nature and human existence.
i) To discover joy in creativity and knowledge.
ii) To disperse barriers to learning such as phobia of the sciences.
iii) To learn about the specificity of natural sciences whose role of it is to provide FACTS, and the specificity of the art which in its multilayered nature results in OPINION.
iv) To learn to present and understand the condensed forms of art and to develop the capacity to interpret by means of newly acquired vocabulary from science.
v) To decrease social uncertainty of future development of European Knowledge society driven by science and technology .
Therefore we strongly believe that such a strategy could be disseminated, even in Europe through THE LIFE SCIENCES ON-NS/Up project proposed by Professor Paolo Manzelli on which we would like to participate. In accordance with THE LIFE SCIENCES ON-NS/Up project proposed by Professor Paolo Manzelli , our Civic Action Group is capable to prepare two meetings for 2006:
1) The first one will take ON-NS/Up two days meeting with the aim to discuss and find the best strategy how to reinforce a visual part of educative process on the Life Science teaching on all the school system levels, in the institutions which educate the further teacher in particular. The Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in Prague is proposed as the venue of this meeting where SCIART will focus the proper activity on the priorities of the seven framework program in relation to strengthening ERA in Life Sciences.
2) The workshop entitled „Dialogue between Science and Art“ is also proposed for 2006 during the summer vacation, Around 30 participants, mostly high school and university students, from all EU member states, will work together with top scientists and artists to discover a all these written above in order to enhanced creativity and imagination in general but understand their differences in science and art especially in relation to Life Sciences .Our long term experiences with organization of such workshop proofed that majority of the participants discovered joy and inspiration „ to look on the old fact with a new eye“. Hluboka nad Vltavou in south Bohemia is traditional venue of such workshops . Finally SCIART Civic Action Group (CZ) will collaborate in the contest of ON-NS/Up project , with two artists (Film and Photography) on the theme “Science and Art”. The film maker’s prepare one (1) hour documentary film showing the links and bridges between science and art. The European research, RTD info, also considers implementation of the art as a good vehicle to disseminated knowledge about science in society and published on March 2004 Magazine for European Research, Special Edition Art & Science (84 000 copies). The Welcome Trust (UK) published in 2003 Welcome News Supplement 5, Science and Art, Seeing both sides. In addition to that, Welcome Trust also hired 3 artists to increased public interest in science through artistic performances. This approach has to be considered as one of the strategy to attract policy interest in science, and SCIART (CZ) is going to organized 2 events on this theme in 2006. It is chronically known that people nowadays prefer watching TV rather than read, this psychological phenomenon is consider also by us.
3)- Ecole Nationale de Formation Agronomique de Toulouse-Auzeville (Fr) :
contribution to ON-NS/Up plan of actions for 2006
The ON-NS/Up national workshop on Science & Society in France entitled “Improving science understanding of secondary pupils on the relationship of sustainable development-GMOs and global warming” will take place at ENFA in the second semester of 2006. This workshop will be a trans-disciplinary consensus conference with European experts. To prevent a top-bottom dissemination of science from scientists towards the public, we will invite scientist experts (in biotechnology, ecology, climatology, economy) and concerned citizens as experts (consumers association, agriculture trade union, industry). 30 teachers from different disciplines ( in biology-ecology, agronomy, physics-chemistry, socio-cultural education, economy-sociology, agricultural machinery…) will be the citizens of this consensus conference. They will discuss with the experts in order to provide : a report on scientific knowledge (including controversy, uncertainty, ethical issues), guidelines for teaching these issues, a collaborative research project with these teachers to built up teaching interdisciplinary units which will be evaluated in classrooms (pupils’ knowledge acquisition, pupils’ questioning, pupils’ attitudes..). The ENFA research team on Socio-Scientific Issues in education in the field of Science-Technology- Society will run the workshop, coordinate the collaborative work with the teachers and disseminate the results. Four researchers in education will be involved in this programme : Dr Virginie Albe (Physics), Dr Christine Ducamp (Chemistry), Dr Jean Simonneaux (Economy) and Pr Laurence Simonneaux (Biotechnology).
4) Dept of Social & Educational Policy,University of Peloponnese (Gr) :
contribution to ON-NS/Up plan of actions for 2006
The ON-NS/Up national WORKSHOP in Greece entitled : “Improving the Means for Communicating Life Sciences to non-experts” will take place either in the University of Peloponnese or in the Science Museum in Athens, on one day of the second week of October 2006. The number of participants is estimated to be 30 persons including 5 speakers from other European countries. The participants will be a balanced mix of: a) scholars (e.g. researchers in the field of Life Sciences and researchers form the fields of Science Education and Science Communication), b) practitioners (e.g. science teachers, science journalists, PR staff of companies active in the Life Sciences domain), c) concerned citizens (e.g. members of religious groups, NGOs) and d) policy makers (e.g. members of the parties, the trade unions and the local authorities). The objective of the WORKSHOP is to exchange knowledge and good practices between the participants in order to understand the factors influencing the communication efficacy of the means employed in the dissemination of the advancements in the field of Life Sciences to non-experts (students and the general public) within the framework of both formal and informal sectors of public education (i.e. schools, science museums, mass media, industry). Furthermore the this WORKSHOP will give the opportunity to the international researchers to develop possible future collaborative research and projects in the context of FP6 and FP7 European calls. The expected results form the WORKSHOP are: a) A Final report in the form of proceedings of the workshop containing suggestions, common guidelines, inherent best practices, identified by means of comparison of the contributions from the participants; b) A proposal for common standards to be adopted in the dissemination of new advancements in the field of Life Sciences and c) Potential networks for submitting common proposals in the context of FP6 and FP7 ‘Science and Society’ calls.
5) ECSITE (Be) - CONTRIBUTION
ECSITE will be co-operating with the ON-NS/Up Activities disseminating the international information about events initiatives and reports including the opportunities focused on the ASS “Science & Society Beyond FP6”. ECSITE will provide quick and effective insight on how the FP7 Science & Society work to help the understanding both the challenges and opportunities available and explain how to compose a successful proposal, and much more…In addition, the ECSITE Executive office will mainly organise the contribution of the network and some of his members to the project. That will be done along following lines: Information. - The use of all existing tools of ECSITE to communicate with its members, including: the –i) electronic newsletter- . Is the most flexible tool ECSITE has and since it has no regular timing, it is used as much as needed. In this case the electronic newsletter will be used to stimulate a forum on the web during a certain period of time to allow original contributions from all to the discussions . ii) the regular newsletter, - the new version of the newsletter is focussing on themes and on scientific content. (See the spring 2005 edition on the brain). If the project is accepted the theme of the autumn 2005 will be on the subject of the proposal. – iii) web site: the web site will give the progress of the project in real time, announce agenda points and host a forum on the theme. sessions during the annual conferences; we will ensure that the AC in June 2006 at Technopolis will foresee a specific session on communication this particular scientific topic. iv) - sessions during the forum of director ( See above, but for a more closed meeting that aims at discussing in depth strategic issues at the science centre academy). Finally our contribution to ON-NS/Up project will be dedicated to find out the feeling of the junior staff about how they think we should address the issue on the Life Science domains popularization looking at implementing the science and society framework program for structuring European Research Area. .
- DETAILED ON-NS/Up WORK-Plan Actions List ( Duration of the Project 12 Months)
General issue : LIFE SCIENCES in the changing relationship of science and society. All the ON-NS/Up action will be organised to assist with specific aspects of work beyond the FP6 Programme for ERA implementation activity and supporting the coherent growing up of Research and Society on Life Sciences Innovation Policies focusing their influence on education and culture in contemporary development of European knowledge society.
Phase 1: March-April 2006 – Concertation and dissemination planning : Objectives: Memorandum of activity to establish the current situation and identify and sharing gaps in Science and Society regarding on Life Science Understanding across a vast spectrum of scientific domains of “Communication in Life Sciences” especially regarding as biotechnology, drug development, and food processing for health and safety .Description of work: Organization of SSA following the purposes of the call .Partners contributions to the promotion of FP7 in the context of Knowledge society European development. Deliverables: SSA expected processing timeframes: Milestones and expected results : progress on processing the needs of competitive results in enhancing Life Science promotion .
Phase 2: April- May 2006 – State of the art and Web-Portal co-organization : Objectives: Co-organization of the WEB- PORTAL Structure for the Popularization issues related to Life Sciences and more in general on bio-information. Description of work: The Co-ordination EGOCREANET (It) will develop and tests an WEB-Infrastructure and Forum for sharing among partners and stakeholders the decision making and collaborative aspects of the ON-NS/Up project. Deliverables: Preliminary description of the state-of-the-art on the Life Sciences ERA promotion. Milestones and expected results: Preliminary intermediate report of ON-NS/Up activities providing a clear synthesis for implementing an European scale collaboration in order to diffuse Support actions in Science & Society framework work program enhancing the participation to FP7.
Phase 3 – JUNE – 2006 – Partnership- Meeting in Czech Rep. and ON.NS/Up first public International workshop: Objectives: Co-organization of the “First” International Workshop in Czech Republic .The ON-NS/Up two days meeting i.e. the project start public event , will be centred on the opportunities to advance e. learning process on the Life Science contents for all the school system levels . At this purpose will be presented the ON-NS/Up WEB-Pages in collaboration with the Portal “XPLORA” <http://www.xplora.org/> . Description of work: Partners on line work and final agreement about the dissemination of the first Intermediate report of ON-NS/ UP activities, including an outline of expected benefits and outcomes about the ON-NS Project. Deliverables: Partner’s final agreement about the dissemination activities and the definition of the first Intermediate report of ON-NS/ UP , including an outline of expected benefits and outcomes, including the forecast of possible collaborative research activities for developing the future projects on Life Sciences in FP7 on the specific issues . Milestones and expected results: forecast of possible collaborative research activities in the context of an extended Europe for developing the future projects on Life Sciences in FP7 on the specific issues regarding “Science and Society” aiming to better the links between science and society
Phase 4- July - August -2006- Second International WORKSHOP/FESTIVAL in CZECH REP. - Objectives: Dissemination WEB-activities implementing the data base of the WEB-Portal and co-organization of the First ON-NS/Up workshop in Czech Republic. Description of work: During this phase will be held in July 2006 the “Second” international workshop in Czech Republic entitled „Dialogue between Science and Art“ in Hluboka nad Vltavou in south Bohemia aiming to increase networking between science and art and implementing skills and opportunities for young researchers. Deliverables: In this occasion will be realized a film cassette on the theme “Science and Art” in relation to the LIFE SCIENCE . Milestones and expected results: Giving a contribution for Life Science education through a Science and Art integration , as a key factor to improving and driving cultural innovation in Europe's knowledge Society strategy.
Phase 5 – September –October 2006 - Objectives: Second and third international workshops in France and in Greece : Co-organization of the Second (ENFA- France) and Third International Workshop (UOP - Greece) where will be presented the WEB-Portal advanced activities and the first Intermediate report of ON-NS/ UP Activities. Description of work: The second international workshop on Science and Society will take place at ENFA Toulouse (Fr) on the title : “Improving science understanding of secondary pupils on the relationship of sustainable development-GMOs and global warming” in one day of September 2006. An intermediate report will be diffused after the workshop focusing the ON-NS/Up –SSA activities. The third international workshop on the title: “Improving the Means for Communicating Life Sciences to non-experts” will take place either in the University of Peloponnese or in the Science Museum in Athens, on one day of the second week of October 2006. . Deliverables: Intermediate reports of the two workshops that will be held in France and in Greece , and diffusion of them in the ON-NS/Web Portal. Milestones and expected results: A deep effort for the preparation of future actions , and support European social policy for improving knowledge society will be realised and diffused trough the two intermediate report at National and European levels.
Phase 6 – November 2006 – INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 2006 in Florence (It) . Objectives: Co-organization of the International Seminar for the Science Week (three days between 8 -14 Nov.2006), c/o Palazzo Strozzi in the City of Florence (IT) will be the Project Final Public Event: -Description of work: At the International Seminar in Florence Italy will be invited about 30 speakers including some experts from associated countries with a special involvement of young and women scientists encouraged to participate to the SCIENCE WEEK 2006 event on LIFE SCIENCES and BIO-INFORMATION Issues. Deliverables: A final Report ( about 40 pages in English) , including an abstract of the previous intermediate reports of ON-NS/Up workshops activities will be produced and diffused with a large dissemination including audio-video multi-media promotion , of the Science and Society work Programme. Milestones and expected results: To achieve the complete ON-NS/Up objectives for SCIENCE & SOCIETY 2006 , within the proposed time frame through the establishment of an intensive European co-operation between the Research communities in the field of Life Sciences and through the sharing of best practices in science popularization and coordination of the research networks on Science and Society for strengthening the ERA and improving the seven framework program.
Phase 7 – December 2006 February 2007- Assessment, Evaluation , Exploitation Planning : Objectives: State Progress on Processing the SSA Promotion Results including Performance measurement and collaborative definition of the results will be organized for dissemination. A progress organization chart will be realised containing a perspective on possible networking collaboration in promoting FP7 proposals. Description of work : in agreement with the ON-NS/Up partners and especially in a powerful collaboration with the partner ECSITE will be made a collection of a wide range of resource materials , links and data , that will be diffused on the WEB-Portal and web-links by the ON-NS/Up webs of the stakeholders .Deliverables: The ON-NS/Up partnership will realise the production of an CD-ROM in English , for the distribution in 500 Copies where will be included all ON-NS/Up SCIENCE & SOCIETY activities and the FINAL REPORT , and in addition to the prevision of future actions including the Expectations regarding the Post-Project phase on the seven framework program
. Milestones and expected results: realisation and optimization of the relationships among an European networks bringing life science research closer to the development of knowledge society . Favour best exchange for strengthening ERA for science & society Research and Policy Future Orientations and exploitation planning of Life Science and technology development in Science and Society framework programs.
B.7 Other issues
The ethical questions are central in the context of ON-NS/Up project for improving a responsible research and application of Life Science and technology within a well-built agreement between Civil Society and Science. See for instance : http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/cnc/2002/com2002_0027en01.pdf. and the web-site of the European Group of Ethics in science and technology : http://europa.eu.int/comm/european_group_ethics/index_en.htm . Nowadays complex ethical issues, will be debated in the open dialogue organized during the project working plan will focused on the fundamental query raising from the discoveries of the brain fingerprints coming functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (f-MRI) and an great spectrum of neurological and cognitive Life Sciences taking into account the national and international regulation and exploring potential contribution to enhance ethical aspects throughout the implementation of projects results of the relationship between Life Science and Laws. In fact the ON-NS/Up project aiming to strengthening links between working life, research and society is looking to develop some ethical questions that are not only unanswered but some times not deeply examined. Today through the fMRI –BOLD signal-scanning techniques ( Blood Oxygen Level Dependent) , it is possible to observe brain patterns during the mental activity, so that information flowing should be traced between different brain functional regions. Therefore the fMRI brain imaging stimulate a deep revision of fundamental ethical questions like for example : how the brain biological functional determinism can be enhance the individual freedom in the responsible decision making ? how much the learning and memory processes can give e result of a no flexible cultural identity that generate some difficulties in a better the integration of people around the world? Certainly reasonable doubts and controversial questions can arise just because till now it is only possible to see by Brain Imaging techniques static mental maps and it is largely unknown the effective neuro-dynamics of the brain . The brain is an evolving system by social learning of responsible rules of society, so that the ethical questions regarding life science and technology especially regarding genetic engineering , need to be revised on the light that genes do not directly determine the 'traits' of an organism that are subjected of internal and environmental factors strongly including the evolution of the Mind/Brain neurological functions. Hence the ON-NS/Up debate will on the ethical issues fill be strongly stimulated because the scientific approach of Life Science reduces the responsibility on decision making of the individuals and at the contrary increase the cultural and societal responsibility in the learning and in defining the rules and the laws for implementing the evolution of a conscious freedom of the individual Mind /Brain evolution. Hence any potential ethical , or safety and regulatory aspect of the ON-NS/up project will be check and an ethical review will be included in the on going and final reports.
B.7.2 Gender issues
Integrating gender issues into the goal of Bringing Research Closer to Society getting a responsible research and application of science and technology will be another issue of great importance in the exploiting the ON-NS/Up proposal. Starting from the life science focused on diffusing the basic knowledge about structures and functions of the Central Nervous System the studies on cognitive processes and their organization in the brain can appreciate the considerable variety among male and female brain functioning in the areas more exercised for reasoning and emotions, all of them can be useful to obtain similar result of thinking processes and social behavior. Henceforth different brain strategy and working thinking attitudes can develop an complemented basic tendencies and directions in the development of civil society . Certainly brain/body physical gender differences , in an European civil society, should not determine different opportunities in all social affairs. In particular in Life Science research female scientists are normally more sensitive in their scientific careers and decision making to the ethical issues related to the natural life protection , so that the Life Science provides the most efficient and effective platform for female scientific innovators and entrepreneurs bridging the traditional gap between man/woman employ in science research and technology. We consider that gender issues are extremely relevant to the work of ON-NS/Up, both in terms of our own functioning and in terms of the topics proposed to be discussed in the for that will be organised in the context of this project. We believe that eliminating inequality and promoting equality is exceptionally important, and we recognise that promoting women does not mean treating them in the same way as men. In order to ensure gender equality, we will ensure we give equal consideration to the life patterns, needs and interests of both women and men. Specifically ON-NS/Up places a high priority on the integration of the gender dimension throughout its activities. It is well recognised that the feminine nature undergoes considerable changes due to the new advancements in the field of Life Sciences. A number of notions and activities, closely linked to the social and biological roles of women such as those of maternity, reproduction, health care and food are radically altered through the advances of modern biotechnology. We will address all these issues from a variety of viewpoints with sensitiveness and responsibility to the needs and considerations of women. Furthermore by developing activities that consider confidence building activities and create a supportive and encouraging environment as well as providing workshops with wide participation of women (researchers, science teachers, journalits, etc) we aim at bringing into the forefront of the academic and public debate the female ‘voice’. This means that an important focus of the ON-NS/Up project will be the stressing of the relevance of Life Sciences for womens’ lives.
B.7.3 Policy issues.
Life Sciences has become an essential part of the decision making by contemporary government and European regulatory laws . Also is important to implement Life Science Industry and general business associated to the Life Science advanced research in the future scenario of Knowledge Economy development. A strategic European vision for the Life Sciences and Biotechnology is taken by the Commission in a very high attention as well as is proposed in various documents In the context of the Lisbon strategy, in fact starting from the March 2001 the Commission announced at the Stockholm European Council the policy perspectives for setting out a strategic vision for life sciences and biotechnology up to 2010, and proposing how to address ethical issues. See : http://europa.eu.int/comm/biotechnology/pdf/doc_en.pdf ; and the successive document dated 2002 and in relation to future orientation and relative working paper in 2003: see those documentation respectively in : http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/en/com/cnc/2002/com2002_0027en01.pdf; http://europa.eu.int/comm/biotechnology/pdf/com2003-96_en.pdf ; http://europa.eu.int/comm/biotechnology/pdf/sec2003-248_en.pdf . Surely the lack of a diffused knowledge to the European citizen on LIFE SCIENCE can foil the decision making framework that became difficult to translate the scientific and technological development in industrial production and social activities, because people need to rethink the models of the industrial development based on mechanical conceptions to favour a new approach on shaping the future , testing consciously and implementing policy to built up a bio-society in production and in living systems , on the basis of a long term cost-benefit analysis, including ethical issues , for understanding and hence developing multiple innovative paths of sustainable development. In consideration of such premise the partners of ON-NS/Up project will sustain, though the ASS programmed activities and WEB-Forums , the European Policy orientation and perspectives on bio-society, bio-technology, bio-ethics, looking to favour the development and the and dissemination of the more recent advanced research in Life Science and Technology , beyond FP6 European program , for improving a critical mass of stakeholders and researchers able to look to the European top priority on Life Sciences aiming to improve their aggregation and to participate at the FP7 ERA opportunities for realising common project in various sectors of Life Science acting as well as a scientific and cultural platform for debating various Life Science issues in an multidisciplinary approach obtained by bringing together leading international scientists, with philosophers , educationalists and other decision and policy makers .The ON-NS/Up specific support action will grow up a strategy to increase public interest and perception in life sciences science understanding , addressing popularization and policy issues arising of emerging technologies and of the future knowledge economy development. Hence the ON-NS/Up project from the policy point of view will acts for helping an advanced strategy a European knowledge society with a particular emphasis in relation to the LIFE SCIENCE policy taking also in consideration of the basic legislative framework regulating the dynamic of the knowledge in this complex and important field of the European Research Area open to an extended international co-operation.
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