To further Science Engagement worldwide, Falling Walls Engage has launched independent network nodes worldwide – the Falling Walls Engage Hubs – with the aim of connecting the local and regional Science Engagement networks with the global Falling Walls community.
The Hubs translate into a series of events, conferences and workshops fostering co-learning and the exchange of best practices across borders and cultures. Open in format and virtually-accessible, the Hubs gather leading practitioners and experts in Science Engagement with a regional and thematic focus. They provide the opportunity for participants to increase the visibility of their projects and to envision new collaborations.
ENGAGE HUBS MANAGERS
Each Hub is unique and offers a starting point for long-term collaboration. With the mission to build a robust international network, we partner up with Hub Managers for the initial Hub launch and support them in strengthening their network with new formats in the future.
Fundacion Ciencia Joven
Oscar Contreras-Villarroel is the Hub Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Argentina. He is the founder of the Fundación Ciencia Joven, and the Executive Director of the Ecoscience Foundation. Oscars expertise is in working with companies at a regional level to develop private partnerships. He was responsible for implementing one of the first STEM community engagement programme at the first Google data centre in Latin America.
VETENSKAP & ALLMÄNHET (VA)
Maria Hagardt is the Hub Manager for the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden, and the International Relations & Communications Manager at Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA). She works mainly with developing VA’s international collaborations and coordinating the Nordic-Baltic Scicomm network, the Falling Walls Engage Hub Sweden and working in EU-projects such as ORION Open Science and Allthings.Bio. As a former National Contact Point for the Horizon 2020 programme and a Communication Officer at the European Commission, Maria also has a vast knowledge about EU policy.
Kari Mugo is the Hub Manager of the Falling Walls Engage Hub Kenya. She is a dedicated writer and the Public Engagement lead at Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya, whose mission is to support the next generation of female scholars and thought leaders in East Africa, and get policymakers and the general public engaged with their work. Kari develops the public engagement program with the intention of getting high quality, local research into public discourse, and promoting the visibility of female scientists who are African.
Australian Academy of Science
Paul Richards is the Hub Manager of Falling Walls Engage Hub Australia. Paul spent 20 years working in television and radio before joining the Australian Academy of Science to establish a video production strategy that has transformed science communication.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE HUBS TO COME
We are planning on launching new Hubs in different regions, with the objective of building a strong Science Engagement scene connecting local and global communities.
Please reach out if you would like to connect with us to talk about future Hubs: email@example.com.
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