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The 2015 Science TV and New Media Festival & Awards

There was a significant expansion of the agenda this year and a change of format, with the festival and awards combined as a single three day event in Lisbon, Portugal, from 24 to 25 November 2015. The venue was the celebrated Sao Jorge Theatre in the centre of Lisbon.

Ten awards were decided in Lisbon, and a further award relating to young people and education decided by specific audiences Europe-wide. The screenings were complemented by panel led discussions and keynote talks on themes relating to Science and the TV/AV media. This year there will also be discussions after each screening of the productions shortlisted by the international jury. The Awards were presented in Lisbon in a special evening on the third day of the event at the Sao Jorge Theatre in central Lisbon, on 25 November.

The following information remains here for archive purposes.

The Categories

There are four TV and New Media categories, with a prize in each, plus four further categories and prizes as described below, reflecting “Science in society” issues. There also four further categories focusing on young people and the wider educational and scientific community.

A production can be eligible in more than one category; these may be designated either by the entrant or the organizers.

The “genre” categories are: The Best European Production involving Science in the following four genres:

  • TV Documentary
  • TV Drama and Docu-drama
  • TV General programmes like magazines or current affairs (an item or a complete programme)
  • Informational or promotional Video and Productions for the Web or Science Centres/Museums

The four so-called “Science in Society” areas are:

  • The Environment
  • Medical Research
  • Women in Science
  • The best interactive new media production voted by the festival audience (excluding the professional jury or the programme-makers involved).

And categories focused on young people and the wider educational and scientific community:

  • The Young Jury Prize for best Science TV Documentary (voted on by young people in many countries across Europe)
  • The best one minute science based video edited from footage shot on a mobile phone from a teenager.
  • The best production promoting an individual branch of science – Physics in 2015 being the International Year of Light

There will also be dialogue created on Facebook and Twitter in relation to issues in the films and in the festival discussion. This will be flagged in advance and continue during the festival.

Discussion sessions

Specific themes will be chosen for the Festival and Awards talks and discussion session in which both the scientific and media communities are stakeholders. The potential topics are currently under review. These will have a wider focus than the short seminars associated with individual productions, which will develop issues specifically raised by the productions. Representatives of short-listed programmes/productions will be invited to Lisbon.


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