BarCamp is a format of user-generated “unconferences”, open, participatory workshop-events, the content of which is provided by participants. In October 2018 Explainable Daniel participated at Barcamp Minsk: ‘Alternative Events in Science Communication’. Here is his report.
In October 2018, Brains and Bridges e.V. and the European College for Liberal Arts hosted a Barcamp in cooperation with the Center for Fine Arts and Media “New Culture Initiative” and supported by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participants were young professionals from Belarus, Germany, Russia and Ukraine with strong interest in alternative events. These participants had backgrounds in science communication, journalism, science or (alternative scientific) events. The main goal of the workshop was to exchange experiences, network on an international level and cooperate to create new workshop formats.
The participants determined both the content and structure of the three-day barcamp. They scheduled sessions, gave presentations, and shared their experiences. Every participant provided input from her or his background to the barcamp - from producing science video content to taking photos at outreach events. Explainable Daniel showed part of our Explainables communication game portfolio and gave a seminar on branding, networking and marketing for scientists and science communicators.
In the evenings, the barcamp group gained hands-on experience and organized three different events, a science pub quiz, Science Slam and a Science Bar Hopping-Tour through Minsk.