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Exposure Science Film Hackathon

English title Exposure Science Film Hackathon
Applicant Preuschoff Kerstin
Number 178672
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Institut universitaire en finance - GFRI Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Neurophysiology and Brain Research
Start/End 01.05.2018 - 31.07.2019
Approved amount 177'875.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Neurophysiology and Brain Research
Economics

Keywords (4)

Science communication; Science film; Active learning; Interdisciplinary

Lay Summary (French)

Lead
L’Exposure Science Film Hackathon rassemble des scientifiques et des cinéastes dans le but de réaliser des capsules vidéos divertissants sur la recherche. Il s'agit d'un événement organisé dans toute la Suisse qui vise à former de jeunes scientifiques et des cinéastes à la communication scientifique ainsi qu’à créer un dialogue entre les scientifiques et le grand public.
Lay summary

Les capsules vidéos sont les médias phare de notre époque. :  les images et le contenu qu'ils véhiculent permettent de toucher un très large public par le biais des réseaux sociaux. Pour la science, c'est à la fois une opportunité et un défi. Comment transformer un sujet scientifique complexe en un film de trois minutes, accessible au grand public, scientifiquement correct et au scénario accrocheur?

L’Exposure Science Film Hackathon rassemble des scientifiques et des cinéastes dans le but de réaliser des capsules vidéos divertissants sur la recherche. Il s'agit d'un événement organisé dans toute la Suisse qui vise à former de jeunes scientifiques et des cinéastes à la communication scientifique ainsi qu’à créer un dialogue entre les scientifiques et le grand public.

L'Exposure Science Film Hackathon prévoit plusieurs événements. Trois événements se tiendront dans chacune des villes suivantes :  Lausanne, Bâle et Zurich et une projection finale aura lieu à Genève.

Lors du premier événement, le Young Minds Science Film Day, de petits groupes d'écoliers travailleront avec un scientifique et un cinéaste. Ils réaliseront un film d'une à cinq minutes sur un thème scientifique. Ils seront conseillés sur les aspects scientifiques, l’art de la narration et les techniques de tournage. Les films produits seront montrés, le soir-même, dans un cinéma de la ville.

Le deuxième événement s’intitule le Exposure Science Film Hackathon. Pendant trois jours, dix groupes de trois scientifiques et un cinéaste réaliseront une capsule vidéo basée sur la recherche de l’un ou l’autre des participants ou sur un concept en lien avec leur recherche. Scientifiques et cinéastes participeront à des ateliers animés par des professionnels de la communication scientifique et des cinéastes. Un jury évaluera les films lors d'une projection privée dans un cinéma.

Le troisième événement prévoit une projection publique des capsules vidéos dans un cinéma dans chacune des trois villes, avec diverses opportunités et formats pour le public d’échanger avec les scientifiques et les cinéastes. La soirée se veut une expérience science-cinéma unique.

 

Finalement, une projection finale regroupant les meilleures capsules vidéos scientifiques réalisées dans chacune des trois villes aura lieu à Genève. Elle offrira au public le meilleur du cinéma scientifique suisse ainsi que la possibilité, à cette occasion également, de dialoguer avec les cinéastes et les scientifiques.

 

Tous les films créés pendant les événements seront mis gratuitement en ligne. Ils seront accompagnés d'explications sur les thèmes scientifiques et proposeront divers liens, en libre accès, vers des documents scientifiques.

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 19.04.2018

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
The “Exposure Science Film Hackathon” proposes a Swiss-wide event to train young scientists and filmmakers in science communication through film and to create a dialogue between scientists and people of all ages from the general public.
Lay summary

Short entertaining films are the media of our time: with the help of social media, the films and the ideas they contain can now reach a much broader audience. For science, this is at once an opportunity and a challenge. How do you turn a complex scientific concept or finding into a three-minute film that is accessible to the general public, scientifically accurate, and provides an extraordinary cinematic experience? 

Exposure Science Film Hackathon brings together scientists and filmmakers to create short entertaining films about research. It is a Swiss-wide event to train young scientists and filmmakers in science communication through film and to create a dialogue between scientists and people of all ages from the general public. 

The Exposure Science Film Hackathon is comprised of 10 events: three events each  in Lausanne, Basel and Zurich as well as a final screening in Geneva. The first event in each city is the Young Minds Science Film Day during which small groups of school kids will work with a scientist and a filmmaker to create a one- to five-minute film on a scientific concept. They will be mentored in science, storytelling and simple filmmaking to create a film that will be shown that evening in a cinema. The second event is the Exposure Science Film Hackathon. Over three days, ten groups of three scientists and one filmmaker each will create a short film on the research of one or more of the participants or an important concept underlying their research. Throughout the event they will benefit from seminars by science communicators and filmmakers. A panel of judges will evaluate the films at a private showing in a cinema. The third event is a public screening of the films in a cinema in each city with plenty of opportunity for the public to engage with the scientists and filmmakers. The evening will create a science-cinema experience like no other. A final screening of the best films from all three cities will take place in Geneva thus giving the public the opportunity to enjoy the best in Swiss science-cinema and to mingle with the filmmakers and scientists. 

Finally, all films created during the events will be made available online along with further explanations and links to open access scientific papers on the science conveyed in the films. 

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 19.04.2018

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Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
BioScience Network Lausanne Switzerland (Europe)
- Exchange of personnel
L'eprouvette Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Graduate Center UniBas Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Science et Cité Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
The Catalyst Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Graduate Campus UZH Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Center of Affective Sciences, UniGe Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Science Lab UZH Switzerland (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Video/Film ESFH Youtube Playlist (Mentor selection) International 2019
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) ESFH Youtube Channel Youtube International 2018
Other activities Exposure Hackathon Website International 2018

Abstract

1. SummaryShort entertaining films are the media of our time: with the help of social media, the films and the ideas they contain can now reach a much broader audience. For science, this is at once an opportunity and a challenge. How do you turn a complex scientific concept or finding into a three-minute film that is accessible to the general public, scientifically accurate, and provides an extraordinary cinematic experience? Here we propose a Swiss-wide event to train young scientists and filmmakers in science communication through film and to create a dialogue between scientists and people of all ages from the general public.Exposure Science Film Hackathon brings together scientists and filmmakers to create short entertaining films about research. It is based on two smaller Exposure Science Film Hackathons carried out on a minimal budget in Lausanne in 2016 and 2017 (coming in December). Given the unanimous positive feedback after the 2016 event from participants, the science-communication community, and members of the public, we believe that Swiss science and the Swiss public can greatly benefit from a larger event run across Switzerland that puts a much stronger emphasis on engaging the general public.The expanded Exposure Science Film Hackathon includes three events each will take place in Lausanne, Basel and Zurich as well as a final screening in Geneva. The first event in each city is the Young Minds Science Film Day during which small groups of school kids will work with a scientist and a filmmaker to create a one- to five-minute film on a scientific concept. They will be mentored in science, storytelling and simple filmmaking to create a film that will be shown that evening in a cinema. The second event is the Exposure Science Film Hackathon. Over three days, ten groups of three scientists and one filmmaker each will create a short film on the research of one or more of the participants or an important concept underlying their research. Throughout the event they will benefit from seminars by science communicators and filmmakers. A panel of judges will evaluate the films at a private showing in a cinema. The third event is a public screening of the films in a cinema in each city with plenty of opportunity for the public to engage with the scientists and filmmakers. The evening will create a science-cinema experience like no other. A final screening of the best films from all three cities will take place in Geneva thus giving the public the opportunity to enjoy the best in Swiss science-cinema and to mingle with the filmmakers and scientists. Finally, all films created during the events will be made available online along with further explanations and links to open access scientific papers on the science conveyed in the films. In addition to recruiting many of the organizers and mentors of the original 2016 & 2017 events we have already secured the support of several institutions in the newly added event locations Zurich and Basel in the scientific as well as in the filmmaking community. We are thus confident that we can successfully put on these events and that they will make a major contribution to communicating Swiss science to the general public.
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