PERFORM Conference

 Program at a glance 

Thursday 14 June 2018

UNESCO headquarters – Paris, 125 Avenue de Suffren 

Official language: all talks will be simultaneously translated in English, French and Spanish for the duration of the first day.

09:30 Registration and Welcome Coffee

Opening session and Welcome 

Room II

Flavia Schlegel Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences – UNESCO 

Isabel Ruiz Mallén Ramón y Cajal Research Fellow and PERFORM project coordinator – IN3 – Open University of Catalonia – UOC

Markus Weißkopf President of the European Science Engagement Association – EUSEA

Casimiro Vizzini Expert at UNESCO

10:30 INTRODUCTION to the morning talks

Quentin Cooper Freelance, journalist, BBC presenter, science communicator and facilitator

Room II

 10:35 PERFORM IN PILLS 1. Fostering the acquisition of knowledge and skills in students

María Heras Researcher – Institute of Environmental Science and Technology – ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona – UAB, Spain

Room II

10:40 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.

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11:00 PERFORM IN PILLS 2. Dispelling common stereotypes about science and scientists

María Heras Researcher – Institute of Environmental Science and Technology – ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona – UAB, Spain

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11:05 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.

 Room II

11:25 PERFORM IN PILLS 3 – Motivating for science and STEM careers

María Heras Researcher – Institute of Environmental Science and Technology – ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona – UAB, Spain

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11:30 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.

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11:50  TALK SHOW: the PERFORM Experience

How can performing arts change the way we study, learn and teach STEM? Students, teachers, early career researchers who took part in the PERFORM project talk about their experiences.

Céline Martineau, program coordinator, TRACES Association, France; Daniel Carrillo Zapata, researcher, University of Bristol, UK; David Price, Science Communicator, Science Made Simple, UK; Helena González, science communicator, Big Van Science, Spain; Keila González Duval, student, IES Moises Broggi, Spain; Marta Pulido, postdoctoral researcher IDIBAPS, Spain; Mathilde Telegone, teacher, Lycée professionnel Pierre- Mendès, France; Ms. Rachel Beddoes, teacher, Castle School, UK

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13:00 Lunch – Ground floor – Salle des pas perdus 
14 :00  INTERACTIVE SESSION: drama-based activities and vocations in stem careers – Room II 

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.

David Price, science communicator, Science Made Simple, UK; Eva Corrons, teacher, IES Consell de Cent, Spain;
Grace Mullally, PhD Biochemistry, University of Bristol, UK; Helena González and Oriol Marimón, researchers and science communicators, Big Van Science, Spain; Jenny Miñana, student, IES Castellbisbal, Spain; Kelly Board, teacher, Bristol Free School, UK; Paul Boniface, science communicator, TRACES Association, France

(Coordinated by The Big Van Science)

 15 :00

PANEL DISCUSSION: Perform: Building a reflexive understanding of research – Room II

This session will highlight key points of learning from the unique training programs that were developed for early career researchers across the UK, Spain and France for PERFORM. As well as providing an introduction to creative approaches to public engagement, the training programs aimed to create space for early career researchers to develop a holistic and reflexive understanding of research, with an emphasis on Responsible Research and Innovation in context. We will hear from researchers and speakers who took part in the program and present highlights from a new set of resources for researchers who are interested in building reflexivity into their work and exploring performance methods for public and schools engagement.

Briana Bombana, PhD student, Department of Geography, Autonomous University of Barcelona – UAB, Spain; Daniel Carrillo Zapata, PhD Robotics, University of Bristol, UK; Eduard Aibar, researcher, Open University of Catalonia – UOC, Spain; Ellie Hart, researcher, University of Bristol, UK; Luca La Volpe, researcher, Université Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC, France; Martha Crean, coordinator PERFORM project, University of Bristol, UK

  (Coordinated by University of Bristol).
16:00  Cofee break
 16:30  PANORAMA TALK: innovating STEM Education in Europe – Room II

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. 

Àgueda Gras Velázquez – Science Programme Manager – Scientix project; Alain Sarkissian – Researcher at LATMOS / UVSQ / CNRS. Edu Artic; Annette Klinkert – Project coordinator – NUCLEUS project; Josep Carreras – Educator and science communicator, Living Lab for Health at IrsiCaixa. Xplore Health; Manel Laporta Grau – Assistant Policy Officer and communication’s coordinator at the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Unit’s – European Commission  Maria Kozlak – MSCA fellow, Institut Curie in Paris; Marie-Agnès Bernardis – Chargée de mission Universcience/site Cité des sciences – Hypatia project; Marta Cayetano – Communication Officer. HEIRRI project; Xoana Troncoso – Former MSCA fellow, European Affairs Officer at Service Recherche Partenariale et Propriété Intellectuelle -SR2PI, École Polytechnique, Paris

18:00  Cocktail – UNESCO cafeteria – 7th floor


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




Enjoy a coffee while perusing posters that showcase innovative projects within education!

Alain Sarkissian – Edu-Artic: EDU-ARTIC project explored; Adrienn Pap and Àgueda Gras Velázquez – Scientix: The 2018 STEM Discovery Week; Frédérique Carcaillet – Université de Montpellier, France: when researchers, students and pupils communicate science with stop-motion animation movies; Gul Karaevli – Korkmaz Yigit Anatolian High School, Turkey – COMPASS project: Creating Online Materials & Products At STEM Subjects;  Josep Carreras – Xplore Health: Xplore Health, bridging the gap between RRI and STEM education; Hatice Kirmaci – Korkmaz Yigit Anatolian High School, Turkey-ART: the innovative way of reaching science; Lina Alexandra Gómez – University of Antioquia, Colombia: Strategies for the generation of scientific vocations in basic and secondary students in Medellin-Colombia Marie-Agnès Bernardis – Hypatia: Make science education more gender inclusive; Marta Cayetano – HEIRRI: HEIRRI project, teaching and learning Responsible Research and Innovation; Pierre Echard – Jet Propulsion Theatre: Sparking the love for science through theatre




Let’s PERFORM. Two hours of interactive seminars geared towards helping you set up a performance (parallel sessions in French, Spanish and English)

Stand-Up Comedy to laugh with science – The Big Van Science (in Spanish) Room Miró II

What does not kill us can only make us stronger! Science Busking, an insiders’ guide to taking science out onto the streets – Science Made Simple (in English) Room II

Improvise your science! – Groupe TRACES (in French) Room Miró III

Teacher training interactive workshop. Perform: bringing philosophy and performance into your science classroom University of Bristol (in English) Room III

 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.


How to set up the PERFORM experiences in your classroom?

Casimiro Vizzini, UNESCO and Isabel Ruiz Mallén, Open University of Catalonia – UOC

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

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