The European Science TV and New Media Festival is an annual festival organised by EuroScience, the European Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology, and EuroPAWS, the European Public Awareness of Science and Technology. The festival was first launched in 2001 and held in different European cities such as Paris, Milan and London. The festival has been back in action since 2010 and will now take place every year while changing cities every two years.
The objective of the festival is to reach and inspire the general public with science and technology by using audio-visual media. The call for audio-visual media is open to everyone who wishes to participate and takes place a couple months prior to the event.
Following the 2012 edition held in Dublin alongside ESOF (the EuroScience Open Forum), the 2013 edition of the European Science TV and New media Festival once again took place in Dublin, Ireland. But this time, it was held at the Science Gallery. During three days, documentaries and web productions were projected in front of the public and a jury of five people: David A. Kirby, Evelyn Doyle, Christoph Falkenroth, Kathriona Deveneux and Charis Xinary. The TV and web productions came from all over Europe, and this year four new countries were present: the Czech Republic, Portugal, Switzerland and Sweden.
Because a festival does not go without a winner, every year the European Science TV and New Media Festival Award evening is held following the festival. It usually takes place in November and the winners are welcomed to the Ciencia Viva centre of Lisbon, Portugal. Last year, the event struck an immediate resonance both locally and at a European level. The Ciencia Viva centre is set to become a regular home for the European Science TV and New Media Award ceremony, because “every prize-winner loves to go to Portugal in November!” says Andrew Millington, one of the festival organisers.
The 2013 edition of the festival was a great success. This year there has been a new prize added, which is awarding the best presentation of science or technology in medical research.
The European Science TV and New Media Festival 2014 will take place in Copenhagen in June alongside ESOF2014 and will be part of the Science in the City Programme.
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This Friday, Saturday and Sunday make sure to check out the day-long, free European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards, which will bring together the best productions featuring science and technology from across Europe. They range from TV documentaries and drama, through innovative magazine shows to the growing range of web and other new media output. The festival is also an occasion to discuss issues affecting both science and the TV/new media worlds with leading professionals.
Programmes and productions will be eligible if they were first broadcast or released in 2011 or later up to 3 April 2013. A production first broadcast or released before 1 January 2011 may be accepted if the producers or broadcaster are new to the festival and only became aware of it recently. This will be at the discretion of the organizers. They must also have been produced for first transmission or release (or shared first) in Europe, and not have been entered for a previous edition of this festival (other than through an error of transmission date). There needs to be a significant science or technology content in any entry, which may also be the stories of individual scientists or engineers and their lives.