Contact Person: Dr. Ana Noronha
Role: WP6 leader (Sea Change Legacy)
Ciência Viva, the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, was created in 1996 to promote public awareness of the importance of science and technology at a national level. Since then it has been developing activities along three complementary streams: science education (schools), public awareness of science (citizens) and science centres (national network). The ocean has been a key area of these streams for the last years.
In 2011, Ciência Viva coordinated the adaptation of the US Ocean Literacy initiative to Portugal, with the support of the Portuguese marine science and education science community. The “Knowing the Ocean” project complemented the Ocean Literacy principles and concepts with a navigation chart for K-12 schools, for easier engagement of students and teachers. Since then Ciência Viva has been a driving force on implementing Ocean Literacy in Europe, taking part in international work meetings and conferences on the subject, where it shares its national level experience. The transatlantic cooperation on Ocean Literacy has been a constant throughout the years, and it includes the 2014 “Online Workshop to Advance Transatlantic Ocean Science Literacy” promoted by NOAA and cooperation with Brazilian authorities to implement a similar “Knowing the Ocean” project. Students and teachers have been privileged target-groups of Ocean related Ciência Viva activities, with several engagement projects, including “Oceans, Biodiversity and Human Health” school-challenges (2010) and the North American cooperation projects SEMAPP – Science Education and Marine Archaeology Program in Portugal (2004) and Ocean Exploration in the International Education Community (funded by NOAA, 2009). Holding a certified Professional Development Centre, Ciência Viva addressed ocean contents and ocean literacy in teacher training courses throughout the country and the years, focused on fostering contact between teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs, and on helping to apply the learned knowledge on the classroom.
The Portuguese public has had the opportunity to get acquainted with marine and maritime issues through several dissemination and engagement activities organized by Ciência Viva, including programs like “Ciência Viva Science in Summer” (since 1997), Youth Parliaments on “Future Maritime Policy for the European Union” (World Ocean Network, 2008), impactful international nautical events (e.g. Volvo Ocean Race, 2012 and 2015), and thematic exhibitions and its outreach activities at Ciência Viva Science Centres.
Policy makers and stakeholders have also been addressed in several initiatives, most notably the Science Café at the Parliament on “Marine ecosystems and the sustainable exploration of marine resources” (2009) and high-level stakeholders dinner-debates about Maritime Transports and Tourism within the FP7 Sea for Society project.
Ciência Viva has a strong track record in successfully delivering results as a partner and coordinator in EC funded projects, namely NERRI (Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation) and European Researchers Night. Long term partners include ECSITE, EUSEA and ASTC.
In Sea Change, Ciência Viva is the lead partner of the Sea Change Legacy Work Package (WP6).
Contact Person: Dr. Ana Noronha (email@example.com)
Key Personnel Involved:
Dr. Ana Noronha obtained her PhD in Physics (Non-Linear Dynamics), at Instituto Superior Técnico in 1987. Ana Noronha is a member of the direction of Ciencia Viva since 1999 and the Executive Director of Ciência Viva since July 2007. She has coordinated initiatives about marine education and public awareness and has a large experience of liaison with scientific institutions, companies and official institutions.
Dr. Cátia Cardoso obtained her PhD in Physics at the University of Exeter in 2012. She has done science communication at Planetarium of Porto and was an ESA trainee at ESTEC in 2011. She finished her postdoctoral research at the Observatory of Torino/University of Hertfordshire in December 2013. She is currently the ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office)-Portugal manager.
Gonçalo Praça has a BSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa), a MSc in Social Anthropology (ISCTE) and he is preparing his PhD (Faculdade de Economia – Universidade de Coimbra). He has developed ethnographic work in social studies of science and technology, namely on controversies between citizens, experts and policy-makers. In Ciência Viva, he has worked in science in society and public engagement projects (e.g., Sea for Society, NERRI, RRI Tools). He is also a technical translator and copy editor.
Sofia Lucas is a former Mathematics teacher. She has worked in the Educational Department of the Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva since 2007, and is the coordinator of the Professional Development Centre of teachers since 2010. She has experience in coordination, pedagogical and financial management of EU projects under FP6, FP7, Lifelong Learning Programme and eContentplus and has taken part in the implementation of projects like Pencil, Pilots, Time for Nano, Open Science Resources, European Researchers Night, Nets-EU, Voices, NERRI and RRI Tools.
Vanessa Batista graduated in Applied and Environment Geology at the University of Lisbon in 2004 and Postgraduate in Physical Geography, Resources and Environmental Risks at University of Lisbon in 2007. She worked as a researcher in the Antarctica and in the private sector developing Environment Impact Assessments studies. Her experience in development, implementation and dissemination of activities for the general public include the LATITUDE60! project, the Portuguese Education and Outreach Programme for the International Polar Year. In Ciência Viva she works in science in society and public engagement projects and manages the Ocean projects: Sea for Society, SeaChange and AORAC-SA.