Let’s talk about Space!
As I like to close circles (from the french expression ‘boucler la boucle’), my last post of the year 2013 will be about an initiative that I really appreciate and which was the topic of one of my first articles on the blog: the Brussels Science Apéros (BSA).
Organised by the communication agency Minerva, the last BSA is already the 4th one. These unformal science popularization meetings started in April and had been such a great success that Minerva had to choose a biggest reception space for the 4th one.
Let’s talk about Space over a drink!
On the topic “Space: The Final Frontier”, the meeting took place the 30th of October 2013 in the Lounge Bar of the Brussels Marriott Hotel with a distinguished speaker: Simonetta di Pippo, head of the European Space Policy Observatory at the Italian Space Agency and President of Women in Aerospace Europe.
This time, about 60 person came and stayed long after the event, mainly to talk personally to the speaker. As Simonetta has selected some astronauts that are on the ISS, one student who said that he would like to become astronaut, managed to ask her precised questions, says Katja Legisa, organiser of the event.
Right: Simonetta di Pippo. Credit: Minerva Communication
A truly lively meeting
According to Katja Legisa ‘the questions were rather technical, there were very few naive or fun/funny question, of which they [we] were surprised. Nobody asked ‘How does it work when an astronaut needs to shave, shower or go to toilet?’ or ‘What are the activities the astronauts needs to do every day while on board of the ISS?’ The public was very keen in asking regarding the exploration of other planets and a possible human life on them!’. Recurring topics were the benefits of Space exploration down in the Earth, Space tourism and the colonization of other planets.
Credit: Minerva Communication
Be ready for the 22nd of January. It is going to be about eating insects! Two entomologists will be guest speakers :Peter de Batist, Board member of the Antwerp Royal Entomological Society, CEO of Ecology-Projects SA & Patrick Grootaert, Head of the Department of Entomology of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. And experience will be provided: insect will be cooked in front of the public, and whoever wishes will be able to try them! Yummy!
#Ecsite2012 Communicating European Achievements in space
Here is a post I made while being at Ecsite 2012 Conference, The European Science centre annual conference. I am reblogging mysfelf here since I truly agree with the European Space Agency (ESA) strategy : to work with science centres and museum together. I hope every FP7 project communication manager could benefit from the European Science centre network to broadcast what his project is about. Maybe the FP7 project called PLACES could be used for that as well.
Before the Ecsite 2012 annual conference starts in Toulouse, France, our team has attended the Communicating European Achievements in Space. It was the opportunity for ESA, CNES and Astrium to tell us about their outreach strategy, mostly about developping partnerships with science museums and science centres.
We had the chance to interview Fernando Doblas, head of communication of ESA.