This part is essential to provide to the society that our research has a direct implication to the general public. For this purpose, in this project we have directly involved professors from the Department of Teaching of Experimental Sciences at the UGR. They will be the responsible to carry out all Communication activities of the project.
- Social media. The use of the web page or other social media will be focused to communicate to the general public and to other potential stakeholders (such as Civil Protection and public authorities). Due to the nature of the project and the continuous use of cloud computing, whatever new media that may appear during the period of the project will be used and updated. Press articles and interviews released by the Research and Working Teams to local newspapers, TV and radio stations, e-newsletters on the project website, and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will be used.
- Feedback from potential stakeholders. In general, when researchers present their results to society, they publish what they assume to be of interest. However, we generally do not ask society what they want to know about our results, what it is of interest to them, and seldom do we allow them access to our results. In this project we will ask to receive feedback from potential stakeholders as to what they want to know to provide answers to their questions and dynamically update the contents of our media presence.
- Science Museum. We will organize periodic seminars (at least three times a year) for the general public to show these and other examples using the facilities of the Science Museum of Granada (We are collaborators with this institution), with at least one of them in English. They can be streamed, archived, and offered to the rest of the world using the project Social media accounts. We will help the Science Museum develop new and “exportable” to other countries exhibits to explain volcanoes and what the project has learned about them.
- Volcanoes at the school. Giving seminars at high schools and in elementary and primary levels is an excellent way to communicate results to the general public. Volcanic phenomena provide spectacles that fascinate the observer. In FEMALE we will use a direct approach to schools in two ways: the training of docents and providing periodic experiments that resemble volcanic observations focused on young students. For this purpose we have already contacted with a few public primary schools of Granada (e.g. Colegio Virgen de la Paz at Otura), but also from other Spanish, Italian, Mexican, Argentinean, etc. to perform similar activities by using the large list of collaborators we have included in the present proposal.
The working team will be leader by Profs. Perales with a direct collaboration of Dr. Ibáñez, Carrillo, Vázquez, García-Yeguas, Ontiveros, Feriche and Prudencio. For foreign schools we will involve researchers for their countries.
- Training of docents. As it is mentioned above, the Department of Teaching of Experimental Sciences at the UGR is directly involved in the present proposal, including innovative joint teaching projects. Over the duration of this project we will prepare a series of seminars for Bachelor and Master degree students focused on training them how to communicate the wonders of volcanic phenomena and how we are striving to understand them.
The working team will be leader by Profs. Perales with a direct collaboration of Dr. Ibáñez, Carrillo, Vázquez, García-Yeguas, Ontiveros, Feriche and Prudencio.
- Experiments for young students, “How to become a volcanologist”. Using the facilities of the Science Museum of Granada, and with the collaboration of under and post graduate students of different bachelors and Masters, we will organize bi-monthly experimental days in which young students can participate in several simple experiments such as “listen to an earthquake”, “see and touch” an eruption, “smell” a volcano and more.
For the main activities the working team will be leader by Profs. Perales, Ibáñez and Benítez with a direct collaboration all researchers of the Research Team and of the Working Team.