PERFORM Conference

Preliminary Programme at a glance 

Thursday 14 June 2018

UNESCO headquarters – Paris, 125 Avenue de Suffren 

Official Languages: During the first day a simultaneous translation will be provided  in French, Spanish and English during all the sessions

09:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

Opening session and Welcome

Representatives from UNESCO, EUSEA (European Science Engagement Association)  and the PERFORM project Coordinator UOC(Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) open the two-day event and welcome the delegates.

10:30 Innovation  in Education in pills : A PERFORM key concept in a few minutes – part 1
10:35 Stand up comedy show.  What happens when curiosity and  irony meet science and technology? A wonderful travel to better understand how we know and understand the world we live in and how science and technology work through a stand up comedy performance by Robin Ince

Robin Ince is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most accomplished, versatile comedians with a string of awards and media appearances to his name.

He is predominantly known as a science popularizer and he presents the Sony Award winning Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC Radio 4 with Brian Cox. His other regular radio appearances include: The News Quiz, Just a Minute and as a music profiler on Steve Lamacq’s show for BBC 6 Music. His numerous TV appearances on panel and stand up shows include The Review Show and The TV Book Club as well as a documentaries presenter including Schrodinger’s Cat and Vinyl Culture. Robin’s science tour, Uncaged Monkeys, with Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Ben Goldacre was a sell-out including two nights at Hammersmith Apollo. He is currently on tour with Pragmatic Insanity, his first new stand up show in three years is a clash of two cultures, a joyous romp through his favorite artists and strangest scientific ideas.


10:55 Innovation  in Education in pills: A PERFORM key concept in a few minutes – part 2
11:00 The Youtuber talk. The storytelling technique applied to social media can be a powerful tool to engage with students, with researchers and with new audiences. The Léo Grasset talk is an example of this potential from the French context.

Holder of a degree in biology of organisms and ecosystems, a master’s degree in evolutionary biology and a post-graduate diploma (DESU) in Montreal and Zimbabwe, Léo Grasset taught biology for a few months before devote to science communication. In June 2014, he created DirtyBiology, his YouTube channel, where he presents biology in an offbeat and humorous way. In 2016 he published How the zebra got its stripes. In October 2017, when his channel exceeded 500,000 subscribers, the comic book The great adventure of sex created with his brother Colas Grasset was released by Delcourt Editions.

11:20 Innovation  in Education in pills : A PERFORM key concept in a few minutes – part 3
11:25 Words on stage. When the public speaking art meets science and technology the stage is transformed into a square for an engaging talk about hot topics in science and technology. Communication skills based on the wise use of words and body language, objects and good stories, are a key part of the cultural portfolio of students, teachers and researchers. Here is a brilliant application by Ana Peiró

Ana Peiró holds a PhD in Medicine and a Degree in Anthropology, Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Miguel Hernández University, Medical doctor at the Pain Unit and Coordinator of the research group of “Neuropharmacology applied to pain and functional diversity” at the General Hospital of Alicante. She received grants from the Alicia Koplowitz Foundation, La Caixa, and, recently, the Alcaliber Award from the Royal National Academy of Pharmacy. Moreover, she has a career as scientific communicator through FISABIO Foundation and several Spanish universities, receiving the 2nd prize of the 2017 Famelab-Spain Competition organized by the FECYT and the British Council. She is passionate about the theater, developing her professional career as an actress in several stable companies. This year she has directed a play related with the Spanish Civil War memory and is writing another one about the work of women at the beginning of the 20th century through the Gil Albert Foundation. She believes that gender is a role-play that must unite us.


11:45  How performing arts can change the way of studying, learning and teaching STEM? Talk show session with students, teachers, early career researchers who took part in the PERFORM project. Experiences from Spain, France and UK help the audience to dive into the techniques and discoveries of PERFORM 
13:00 Lunch
14 :00  Drama-based activities and vocations in STEM careers .  How can we fully understand the stereotypes, barriers, and concerns of secondary school students about STEM careers? And how can we dismantle them? During this seminar, the key ideas of PERFORM toolkit will be presented  on how to use drama-based activities to raise new scientific vocations. We will analyze some successful examples to implement Stand Up Comedy, Busking and Impro theater with young people to talk and reflect about STEM and the values embedded in RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation). We will listen to teacher’s and researchers’ experiences and discuss how this method can raise new scientific vocations and how it can be efficiently implemented in formal education. (Coordinated by TBVT)
 15 :15 Learn to listen to and interact. How to training teachers and early career researchers to better involve students in the process of creating performances inspired by STEM topics and issues? The interactive session will introduce the main aspects of the training experiences developed during the PERFORM project.    (Coordinated by University of Bristol).
16:00  Cofee break
 16:30  Innovating STEM Education in Europe. A European panorama of projects that are innovating the way we learn and teach Science and Technology in Europe. From the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions and the training experiences for early career researchers to the projects who combine the paradigm of Responsible Research and Innovation with Science Education a wide panorama of experiences is presented. 
18:00  Cocktail


Friday 15 June 2018

UNESCO headquarters – Paris, 125 Avenue de Suffren 

Official Language: During the second day the official language will be English but during the parallel Workshop from 10:00 to 12:00 that will be delivered each in one language: French, Spanish and English


Welcome coffee and POSTER SESSION

Share your innovation in education project with the community of innovator while drinking you first coffee of the day. The poster session is open to researchers, teachers and communicators who wants to share their experiences in the field of STEM education.

A call for poster is open and you can apply until the 31st of March

Visit the poster session page to apply.




Let’s PERFORM. Two hours of parallel sessions in French, Spanish and English.  Interactive seminar to discover how to set up a performance that actively involve students, teachers and researchers to discover the human dimension of Science and Technology.  (Coordinated by TBV, Science Made Simple, Groupe Traces and Les Atomes Crochus, University of Bristol) 
 12:00  Lunch

Your voices. Starting from the workshop experience joined in the morning the participants will share their thoughts on how to develop performances that include the values of Responsible Research and Innovation and embed the human dimension of Science and Technology processes.

14:00 Implementing PERFORM in your own contexts. How to develop the PERFORM experiences in new contexts? The session explores the opportunities and resources available to implement the strategies and techniques provided by the PERFORM project in different contexts. (Coordinated by UNESCO and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)

The Conference will close at 15:00 on the 15th of June 2018


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