Mind the Lab (MTL) is a breakthrough science communication approach which aims to literally bring science to the general public. It’s a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) awareness raising campaign that takes place at metro stations (its name was inspired by the well-known “Mind the Gap” notice in metro stations). It targets all citizens (metro passengers), no matter their age, sex, ethnicity, educational and social background or interests, and fosters the active participation and engagement of all parts of society in scientific and technological advances, which affect our everyday lives and address the challenges that recent societies face.
It is a single day event which takes place annually on the same day in different cities around the world. Scientists, inventors, researchers, teachers and students from local and national research and educational institutions present their work and findings at the metro stations. By developing a vivid, friendly and inviting street science environment through interactive exhibits, scientific experiments, artistic shows, stand up acts, games and hands-on applications, metro passengers are being engaged in a unique science communication experience.
MTL stimulates the interest in science of diverse audiences, including young people, who have no access to or are not particularly interested in scientific and technological topics. Hence, a “pop culture” of science is being developed, providing at the same time a unique opportunity for the various players in and around the scientific community (e.g. scientists; technology-related companies; decision-makers; educators/teachers and students) to network, collaborate and inspire one another.
Mind the Lab is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) awareness raising campaign that aims to stimulate people’s interest in science during a very short time interval. It addresses all citizens (metro passengers), no matter their age, educational and social background or interests. This way the general public can be actually engaged in a science communication experience through interactive exhibits, shows, stand up acts, and street science.
The first Mind the Lab event took place in the Athens metro, Greece in February 2017. Passionate scientists, inventors, researchers, teachers and students from more than 20 Greek research and educational Institutions presented in an interactive way their scientific experiments, technological applications, games and artistic shows at 8 metro stations, and interacted with more than 10,000 metro passengers.
Our vision is to make this initiative international. In 2018 Mind the Lab will travel, apart from Athens, in Berlin, Madrid and Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Edinburgh in order to bring science on people’s way.
WHO WE ARE
Theo is a social entrepreneur, a science communicator and a public speaker. He is the Founder and General Manager of SciCo, an international social enterprise aiming to make science simple and understandable to the public. He is also the Co-Founder of the “Athens”, “Thessaloniki” “Patras” and “Mediterranean” Science Festivals, “Mind the Lab”, the “School lab“, “TEDMED live Athens” and “Green Project“.
He holds a PhD in Medical Genetics from Kings College London and his Post-Doctoral Research work was in hereditary cancer. In 2011 he was nominated by UNESCO Greece for the Kalinga Science Popularization Prize and in 2012 he trained with Al Gore to become one of the Climate Reality Project Ambassadors. Since 2013 he is the President of the Onassis Foundation Scholar’s Association. In February 2017 he won the British Council Alumni UK social Impact Award. He is the first Greek to become an Ashoka Fellow. Theo has travelled to 85 countries in six continents.
Dr. P.M. RODRIGUES DOS SANTOS RUSSO
Assistant professor of astronomy & society at Leiden Observatory
Pedro has graduated from the University of Porto, Portugal, with a Major in applied mathematics/physics/astronomy and with a Master’s degree in geophysics. He has been working with different international organizations, such as Europlanet (European Planetology Network), International Astronomical Union Commission, European Geophysical Union – Earth and Space Science Informatics Division and International Astronautical Federation -Space and Society Committee.
Until 2010 he was the global coordinator of the largest ever network in Science Outreach, the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Pedro coordinated the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of the global IYA2009 activities, projects and events.
Pedro Russo is currently the International Project Manager of the FP7 EU Universe Awareness project and Chair of the Schools and Children Task Force of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Astronomy for Development programme and the Vice President of Commission Communicating Astronomy with the Public of the IAU.
Mind the Lab
at your city
In 2018 Mind the Lab will travel across different countries around the world in order to literally bring science on people’s way.
We envisage that the event will take place in different cities on the same day, thereby increasing its social awareness and impact and at the same time connect people through science. We invite research, innovation, technology and outreach institutions to join our consortium.
We provide all hosting Institutions with helpful document and files to prepare and execute a Mind the Lab successfully. If you find this initiative exciting don’t hesitate to contact us for further information.