In 2010 the Centre was awarded co-financing under the MicroFund Project for organising Play DeCiDe at Young Explorers’ Clubs.
The Centre, as one of thirteen European institutions, received co-financing in the amount of EUR 2 500 for promotion of the debate-game PlayDecide. It aims at familiarising the participants with the issues concerning progress of science, its influence on the life of individuals and the society, and at discussing ethical dilemmas. The objective of the game is to encourage the participants to be active in the legal decision making processes, which are to find solutions to the problems.
The project submitted by the Centre included translating the game into Polish, developing a correct application at the website and organising a game session for Young Discoverers’ Clubs (http://www.kmo.org.pl) and local communities.
The results are registered at the official website of PlayDecide. More information about the game available at www.playdecide.eu.
The Copernicus Science Centre took part in the DeCiDe (Deliverative Citizen’s Debates) Project – organising sessions of game debates concerning the influence of contemporary science on citizens’ lives in 2006 and 2007. The aim of the game is increasing citizens’ activity, improving the ability of active information seeking concerning scientific issues and persuading citizens of the need and necessity of influencing the development of science and its uses.
The following debates focused on:
All game discussions are concluded with the development of recommendations for a given field of science by the participants. Reports from the meetings enable evaluation of similarities and differences in perceiving and solving ethical dilemmas resulting from the development of human sciences in European societies.
The Copernicus Science Centre has been invited with 12 other European centres to conduct a series of six debates on the above-mentioned issues. The debates have been organised in Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The game may also be organised by institutions and private persons from other countries - the materials are accessible free of charge from the project website: www.playdecide.org.
The DeCiDe Project is co-financed by the European Union and headed by the consortium consisting of the ECSITE and science centres: @Bristol (The United Kingdom), La Cité des Science et de l’Industrie (France), Citta della Scienza (Italy) and Heureka (Finland).