- To bridge the gap between science, the general public and the local community through a series of dissemination tools
- To ensure a cohesive approach and networking of the marine biodiversity and genomics activities with those carried out by Institutes in the EU and elsewhere
IMBG in collaboration with other institutes of HCMR and especially with Cretaquarium has already
organised various demonstration and educational activities, as well as a number of events for the popularisation of science and public awareness raising, among which were two consecutive European Researcher nights (2006, 2007). Similar dissemination and outreach events will be also organised in the context of the present project, dealing with issues related to marine Mediterranean biodiversity. These events, which will also aim at the economic exploitation of the results, will include:
- a) seminars to the university students in the course of their biodiversity curricula (regional level) in order to inform them about research advances and recent facilities of the Institute, available for them to use
- b) open public presentations to communicate the main objectives of the project and its activities for the every-day societal life
- c) targeted meetings with the local authorities (municipality, prefecture and region), invited representatives from the ministerial level, regional and national stake-holders, such as fishermen societies, marine aquaculture professionals, to explain the project’s results, discuss their problems and needs and exploit if and in which way IMBG could provide assistance in the future.
Printed dissemination material. Leaflets advertising the activities of the institute will be produced and distributed to the authorities, stakeholders and the general public, while at the end of the project a glossy brochure with the project achievements will be released and delivered to the public at large. Large boards displaying the main objectives and implementation of the project will be placed in public places with many visitors such as the Cretaquarium, the Museum of Natural History of Crete, and the University of Crete. The information displayed in these boards will be published both in English and in Greek and will be updated at regular intervals (6 months or more frequently, if appropriate).
Publications in the popular media will be used as a means to increase the visibility of the Institute and its
activities to the general public. The media used include, among others, newspaper and magazine articles, and participation in TV and radio programmes.
Publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Scientific results supported by the project will be
disseminated to the global scientific community through the publication of articles in peer-reviewed international journals. Publication expenses will be covered by the budget of the project.
The project’s web site. The web site will be developed during the first two months of the project and it will act as the main source of project information. This web page will be maintained after the end of the project and will constitute a basic means for the promotion of the activities of the institute (see also Task 6.3). It will display the logo of the project, the logo of the institute, and the logo of the FP7 and EU. The web page will be updated regularly and on the occasion of special events (e.g. workshops, information products available etc). It will support various electronic media for massive dissemination of the project’s information, such as RSS feeds and forum for e-Conferences. The data will be available on the MedOBIS (Mediterranean Ocean Biogeographic Information System) web server, and will be updated with the project’s priorities and obligations. Also, the MedOBIS mailing list will be enlarged to include more recipients interested in the information produced by the project activities. Calls for proposals, search for partners, vacancies, student grants.
The linking of the activities of the research projects carried out by the IMBG with the corresponding ones from other relevant projects and initiatives at national, EU and international level (e.g. Encyclopaedia of Life, CBOL, iSpecies, uBIO, EDIT NoE, PESI, SeaDataNET, LIFEWATCH, etc.) is of paramount importance for the successful exploitation of the capabilities offered by the present project. This will be achieved through the participation of the Institute’s members to the meetings and events held in the context of the above projects and initiatives. In these meetings, the developments of channels for science, information and technology transfer and exchange will be fully exploited. IMBG should serve these projects in providing relevant scientific results and information and it would benefit from the technology and standards developed by them. The latter is very important for IMBG to ensure its presence in the mainstream of the discipline even after the end of the project (see also WP6).
Three reports on the dissemination and promotion activities of the project will be prepared and published, at annual intervals.