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Local case studies
To complement the stories of common citizens contributing to scientific research and the artworks presented in ‘Beyond the Lab: The DIY science revolution’, each venue hosting the exhibition presents a local example of how RRI is or can be applied in research in the field of medicine and healthcare. Sparks partners have worked within local partnerships with researchers, universities, NGOs and citizens to identify the object or the research that would be featured in the local corner of the exhibition.
Blue World Institute – Noise pollution
In the coastal region where the islands of Lošinj and Cres are located, tourism is the most significant economic activity. But it also causes noise pollution in urban areas which lowers the quality of everyday life, affects citizens’ mental health as well as the tourism offer in the area. Together with the local school, the NGO “Idem i ja”, the national Centre for Public Health and the company Vizor, Blue World Institute created a noise map of the town of Mali Lošinj. The initiative led to a collaborative project and helped raise public awareness on how noise pollution affects health on a daily basis.
European University of Cyprus - Sports for all
The ‘Sports for all’ programme was initiated by the Government of Cyprus and involves weekly sports activities for the elderly. The programme was presented in the context of a reflection about physical exercise as a means of improving health while offering entertainment and inclusion to the elderly. The needs and considerations of the elderly people who participated in the Reverse Science Café at the EUC were taken into account while designing a training programme in close collaboration with pensioners, individuals, specialists and scientists to enable older people to be active, exercise and socialize at the same time.
Photo credit: European University of Cyprus.
Pavilhão do Conhecimento Ciência Viva – BITalino
BITalino is a ‘do-it-yourself’ kit that consists of sensors measuring heart, muscle or nervous system signals, plus a microcontroller, a Bluetooth connection, a battery and a power management module. No advanced knowledge of electronics or computer science is required so anyone can create projects autonomously and learn how to use their body signals for different purposes. In healthcare, BITalino can be used for heart self-monitoring or as a tool for people with physical disabilities but it is also used by artists, companies, universities and people from different areas, successfully linking science, industry and society.
Photo credit: Ciência Viva