Mr. Menelaos Sotiriou is a science writer and communicator (background Applied Mathematics) with 17 years of international work experience. He is holding a Master in Total Quality Management and currently he is working in the field of science communication (providing also training to research teams on how to communicate their results). He has been involved in several EU projects
His main research focus is on the communication of scientific research to the wider public. A special interest is on the Science Education field where he has realized numerous projects (National and International). He is the initiator of a National Educational Project called “Learning Science Through Theater” (www.lstt.eu) and he is collaborating with the Pedagogical Sector of the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in research initiatives. He is the National Coordinator of the Greek Student Parliament on Science (A European Project that runs in 16 European countries). He started his professional career by developing various Management Systems, mostly in the field of Education as well as Health Care and Telecommunications, in over 40 public and private Organisations. The last twelve (12) years he is running (project management) and organising European and national projects for several institutions (including research institutions) mainly in the areas of new and innovative technologies (ICT). He has been involved in more than 30 EU projects in the areas of SiS, SSH, ICT, Research for the Benefit of SMEs. He has vast experience in networking activities as the project Coordinator of EUROSiS Project that is the Network of the Science in Society NCPs. (Greek NCP for SiS Programme, of the FP7). During this project he has organized a lot of brokerage events as well as info days / trainings concerning the participation of institutions in the specific programme. He is included in the Evaluators’ Data Base of the European Commission for the HORIZON2020 as well as the Science Foundation of Ireland and also he had participated in several EC meetings as an expert in Science Communication and Journalism issues.
He is Presided of Science View (the Greek Science Writers’ Association, www.scienceview.gr) and research associate in the Faculty of Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology of National and Κapodistrian University of Athens. He has been a Board Member (2011 – 2015) of the European Union of Science Journalist’s Associations (EUSJA – www.eusja.org). Since August 2016 he is in the Steering Board of the Center for Creativities, Arts and Science Education (CASE – http://casecenter.no/). He was the editor of the Research and Technology online Magazine under the General Secretariat of Research Technology in Greece (www.et-online.gr).
TITLE | Day 1
a) Exercise different ways of collaboration, when it comes to understand how Responsible Research and Innovation is communicated and performed.
b) Learn techniques that come from the theatrical field to facilitate dialogues and encounters between different stakeholders.
RRI is everywhere, but what does it really mean to be embedded in a living environment of diverse interests and expectations? How will you relate to demanding stakeholders around you, ranging from academia to economy, from civil society to policy makers or media?
The session will collaboratively create a dynamic role-play, involving you into a mutual learning process. The stage and storyline will be based on the NUCLEUS project- defining universities as “cells”, living organisms forming clusters with other cells around them. Each participant will personify these “cells”, striving to create a productive metabolism between the main cell universities and other cells forming a cluster. We will use cards and other methodologies to start conversations about the ways to be a better “cell”-cluster. Participants will have better chances to discover their best collaborative ways, thanks to a new understanding of some of the mechanisms that happen in real life while bringing RRI into practice.
TITLE | SESSION 3
DAY 1 - 17:30
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