24 Oct 2019
Science is celebrating with CLAIM at the Science Festival 2019
CLAIM took part in the Science Festival (Fête de la science) in Marseille, France, to raise awareness about the plastic pollution in our seas and oceans and engage with science lovers of all ages.
The Science Festival is a French scientific event, which promotes science to the general public. This year’s event takes place in several municipalities and focuses on the major challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, demography, digital revolution and more. From 5 to 13 October, researchers meet visitors throughout the region of Cote d’Azure to show science novelties and offer solutions to contemporary issues.
CLAIM joined the 28th edition of the Festival between 11 to 13 October 2019 in Marseille to promote scientific and technological innovations on marine cleaning and to spread the passion for science among children and adults.
For the curious ones, there were informative brochures with information detailing the CLAIM technological innovations and modelling tools. The brochures contain insights into the distribution of macroplastics and microplastics, as well as scenarios, which determine the efficiency of the CLAIM technologies. For the youngsters among the visitors, CLAIM had prepared game-like posters and postcards, teaching children what plastic can do to seafood and how long it takes for different plastic materials to decompose.
Interactive animations, exhibitions and workshops catered for a fun, informative and engaging event aiming to spread and celebrate science.
CLAIM partners Richard Sempéré and Melilotus Thyssen, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO)
The CLAIM project also participated in the Italian edition of the Science Festival – Festival della Scienza in Genoa. Beneficiaries from Italy organised an educational scientific laboratory, where issues with plastic are presented in an artistic way, in order to reach out to both young and elderly citizens. This laboratory called “The Plastisphere – all you need to know about plastics” helped the audience understand complex chemical, physical and biological interactions that influence plastic. The lab also focused on raising awareness on the importance of developing innovative technologies for reducing marine litter and promoting a global cultural change, the so called “blue revolution”, through the 4R strategy: Recovery, Recycling, Reuse and Redesign.
CLAIM laboratory during the Science Festival in Genoa, Italy