SCICOM represents a Co-ordination and Support Action (Co-ordinating) for networking experts who work with and on new concepts for communicating science to the public. One of these concepts is to address the interests and concerns of citizens through interactive exhibitions in association with science concepts, citizens´ debates and participative democracy tools. Taking into account that the research topic of Renewable Energy is discussed very much these days in the public; it becomes obvious that more involvement of the public into the development of science and research is necessary. Therefore, the SCICOM European Network acutally used innovative communication models for enlarging the public at the European level when communicating science in Renewable Energy. In many European countries, initiatives have started in setting up science centres, science museums and in organising national or regional events. The SCICOM project combines different experiences and know-how in order to develop a synergetic network when setting up common projects. The Lisbon and Goeteborg Strategies of a knowledge-based society require a strong involvement and active participation of citizens in the creation, sharing and dissemination of knowledge. The SCICOM project has been initiated to establish a science centre network focusing on energy topics and its activities will bring in other science centres that want to start events and exhibitions in the energy sector. There is a great potential in reaching a lot of citizens in Europe when communicating science and technology on issues like renewable energy and to convince the citizens of the importance of implementing renewable energy technologies, as well as to use energy efficiently. The current activities of the EU to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce the use of fossil fuels can only be successful if the majority of citizens will support these measures. The public has the strength to implement renewable energy technologies (e.g. solar energy, photovoltaic, and biomass) in their own houses and to use bio fuels when driving their cars. The challenge for the policy makers is to communicate the advantages of more efficient energy use to the public and to convince them about the necessity to do so. The SCICOM project is the liaison between policy makers, scientists and the industry to inform and educate the public on new energy technologies and the use of renewable energy.
Exhibition, Science Center, Interactive, Energy Island, network, traveling exhibition