“The FOOD THEME” within the ERC= Science² project EXPERYMENT Science Centre in Gdynia
Science long weekend 14-16.10.2016
PUBLIC SPACE ACTIVITIES
Dates: 14-15 October 2016, 10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Riviera Shopping Centre in Gdynia , one of the biggest mall in Tri-city Metropolis.
- ERC pop-up stand – EXPERYMENT educators will actively propagate information compiled under the ScienceSquared Food theme.
- Around the stand: interactive activities:
EXPERYMENT will organize open workshops on healthy nutrition and home-grown plants, encouraging the general public to take an active part. Activities will be based on games and educational actions to promote very significant issues which are the subject of the research projects funded by the ERC, such as bad eating habits and performance issues with current global crops. During the activities, educators will give the information to public on current and most cutting-edge ERC-funded research.
One of the aims of the activities is to show the problem of poor dietary habits and the impact of this phenomenon on the quality of life. Participants will be familiar with the principles of a healthy diet, the term of calorie dishes, will be able to see how difficult it is to burn 100 calories and compare how by volume and weight differs from each other 300 calories of different products. Participants will be able to find out how fat builds up and how does the mechanism of feelings of hunger and fullness in our body works. To achieve this objective, the following hands-on activities will be presented by EXPERYMENT’s educators:
- Interactive game on healthy diet – matching nutrients
- Composition of dishes and eating habits - game with the use of a dining “plate”
- 300 calories – participants will have opportunity to asses different elements in the scope of its volume
The ERC funded research will be underlined during the food themed activities. One of them is fascinating study of Professor Jens Blechert on ”Transdiagnostic views on eating disorders and obesity and new approaches for treatment (NewEat)”, which surely will spark the interest of public in health issues and research, as it tackles peoples’ behaviour, ways we eat and mostly how we are driven to eat so much, as well as new technologies that are used to conduct the study.
Educators will also underline the project PREDIMED PLUS of ERC researcher Miguel Angel Martinez-Gonzalez on “Long-term effects of an energy-restricted Mediterranean diet on mortality and cardiovascular disease”. The topic of disease prevention, especially connected with diet, will be very interesting for adults.
The second aim is to help clarify how to easily grow our own sprouts and vegetables and include them in the daily diet. To show the different types of crops we will show participants how important is background, water and a healthy root system in plant breeding. Each participant will receive a plant to grow at home along with the necessary information. To achieve this objective, following hands-on activities will be presented by EXPERYMENT educators all day long:
- Presenting hydroponic and traditional ways of growing plants
- Grow your own plant – educators will spread the kit for hydroponic growing, alongside with the leaflet with info on ERC research.
The information on ongoing ERC-funded project of Malcolm John Bennett FUTUREROOTS (Redesigning root architecture for improved crop performance) will be passed to public during the activity.
DIALOGUE ACTIVITIES IN EXPERIMENT SCIENCE CENTRE
Date: 16 October 2016, 16:00-18:00.
1. DIALOGUE ACTIVITY: SCIENCE CAFE WITH ERC RESEARCHER – EWELINA KNAPSKA, HEAD OF NEUROBIOLOGY OF EMOTIONS LABORATORY, NENCKI INSTITUTE OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCE.
Venue: EXPERYMENT Science Centre in Gdynia, one of the lecture halls, easily accessible to public.
Dr. Knapska’s project (CoSI - Functional connectomics of the amygdala in social interactions of different valenc) aims at understanding how the amygdala, the brain structure playing a primary role in processing of emotional responses, controls socially transferred positive and negative emotions. Dr. Knapska was awarded with ERC Starting Grants 2016 as one of the 325 early-career researchers throughout Europe.
Science Café will be held in a conference room close to the EXPERYMENT Science Centre, and will be based on the meeting with the scientist. An EXPERYMENT representative will make a brief introduction of the ScienceSquared project and the role of the ERC in the crucial and cutting-edge research in Europe. After that a short lecture by Ms. Knapska will follow, enriched with a video and some photo content. The audience will have a chance to take part in open discussion concerning the most crucial and interesting questions.
2. DIALOGUE ACTIVITIES: WORKSHOPS AND INTERACTIVE GAMES, REPEATEDLY 10.00- 16.00.
Venue: EXPERYMENT Science Centre in Gdynia, workshop areas, areas on the exhibition, outside the building.
EXPERYMENT Science Centre will prepare unique workshops on a range of issues related to nutrition, in particular eating habits, and will introduce the relationship between quality and yield production with global food resources. Activities will be interactive and will benefit from active participation of guests and local researchers.
• Workshop on Study of water and soil quality - each participant will learn how to conduct qualitative research and will conduct experiments on samples of water and soil. Each participant will be able to answer questions of what conditions must be achieved to make water drinkable. Workshops are designed to raise awareness of the available global food resources and what we can do in order not to lose them.
Participants will be informed of ERC project SmartTap of University Of Cyprus, which connects with Real-Time Monitoring System for Water Quality
• Mysterious „E” -participants will learn in what products codes „E” are hidden and what are their properties.
• Food preservation workshop will show different ways of preserving food and create awareness bacteria in food which are useful and work in our favor (f.ex. silage).
In the outdoor area of EXPERYMENT following activities will be organized (partially inspired by the ERC-funded research of Malcolm John Bennett (FUTUREROOTS) and Jens Blechert):
• Different types of crops, with particular emphasis on the impact of root system on the quality of these crops. Visitors will be introduced to the cultivation of hydroponic and vertical gardens – how to grow a beautiful garden with little space.
• Games and activities about healthy nutrition, vitamins and the prevention of diseases associated with poor eating habits.
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 672302).