European and international projects

Since 2012, Cap Sciences has developed strong partnerships and collaborations at European and international level. The science center is a member of the European network of science centers and science museum ECSITE. From research project to best practice exchanges, Cap sciences is participating in a number of cooperation funded via Erasmus + or Horizon 2020 European programmes.


The Creative Museum

The Creative Museum project is a three-year Strategic Partnership running from 2014 to 2017 and is funded via Erasmus+, Key Action 2 (Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices) - Vocational and Educational Training (VET). The Creative Museum project evolved out of LEM, the Learning Museum Network Project (2010-2013), which was funded by the Lifelong Learning Grundtvig; no less than six of the nine Creative Museum project partners participated in this project. 
The project was created in response to the need to provide training for museum professionals and their partners to accommodate a perceived shift in the dynamic of museum public programmes, where museums find themselves working collaboratively outside the sector, creating a new language of participation and engagement. 
Throughout the three years of The Creative Museum project, museum professionals have been encouraged to learn from each other: to test new ways of interacting with audiences, create partnerships, share practices and experiences, as well as disseminate the processes and outcomes. 
The Creative Museum project has been designed as a space for prototyping, experimenting and documenting new ways of learning from organisations and individuals outside of the sector. It is about encouraging staff to take risks and to experiment to develop new ways of engaging with audiences; it is a space for projects where people have the right to make mistakes and to learn from the process. 
The Creative Museum project has the ambition to help museum professionals to open the doors of their institutions and turn them into ‘Spaces for Yes’, where different worlds can come together. 
Cap Sciences is coordinating the Creative Museum project.
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The European Astrobiology Campus

The European Astrobiology Campus (EAC) is an initiative of European higher education institutions, enterprises and other bodies. It aims to provide multidisciplinary, high-class training to European students and foster communication between them. Its main activities are:

  • To organise training events for students and early career scientists
  • To provide training for lecturers in teaching astrobiology
  • To hold astrobiology meetings for students and early career scientists
  • To provide a discussion and communication platform on astrobiology research issues
  • To involve them in outreach work to address the general public.

Cap Sciences is in charge of the training in outreach and science communication and of the design and production of educational resources
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Sparks is an awareness-raising project to show Europeans that they can get involved in science and that various stakeholders share the responsibility for scientific research and innovation. 
Led by Ecsite - the European network of science centres and museums - Sparks is carried out over a three-year period (July 2015 to June 2018) by a network of partners including science shops and science centres/museums active across the whole European Union and Switzerland.
Sparks is a project to familiarize and engage European citizens with the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) through the topic of technology shifts in health and medicine. Sparks promotes RRI by inviting key stakeholders to actively question, experiment and play with science in a way that makes it relevant to today’s society.
Sparks aims to communicate on the importance of RRI in a new way, by using the creative and “disruptive” visions of artists on how our future will be affected by the use of technologies in health and medicine.
Sparks intends to bridge the gap between the super-fast pace of scientific innovation and society through a unique touring exhibition and over 230 participatory activities aimed at getting the general public involved, taking place across 29 European countries. 

Cap Sciences is in charge of presenting the exhibition Beyond The Lab and organizing participatory activities in Bordeaux.
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The Making Museum

The Making Museum project is a tow-year Strategic Partnership running from 2017 to 2019 and is funded via Erasmus+, Key Action 2 (Cooperation for exchange of good practices) - Vocational and Educational Training (VET). 
The Making Museum project will build on the established success of The Creative Museum project in several ways. Firstly, the Making Museum project will extend and further develop the training opportunities previously offered under The Creative Museum project. Both of these training programmes - the Maker-in-Residence and the Museomix Training programme will be underpinned by a training framework tested during the first project which is sustainable and robust. Participants will be encouraged to evaluate and analyse their experiences of these programmes for the benefit of the partner organisations at a local, regional, national and international level.  Secondly, the Making Museum will provide a sustainable platform for the dissemination of the final output of The Creative Museum project - the Toolkit - through a range of activities from workshops to full-day conferences. Finally, the Making Museum will build on the strong partnerships established during The Creative Museum project.  The skills acquired and lesson learnt will be shared during transnational meetings, allowing for self-reflection and personal development around a framework of structured dialogue and analysis of best practices.  The Making Museum will equip museum staff with skills learnt from other sectors and businesses, equipping them to use entrepreneurial in their outlook, in their respective institutions and working practices in order to innovative.

Cap sciencoordinating the Making Museum project.


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