Glasgow Young Jury for the European Science TV and New Media Festival

December 5, 2014

Dr Susie Mitchell from Glasgow City of Science gives us an insight in to the recent Young Jury for the European Science TV and New Media Festival hosted at the Glasgow Science Centre on Tuesday 4th November.

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Glasgow, through Glasgow City of Science, was 1 of 3 European cities (and the only UK city) selected to take part in the first Young Jury for the European Science TV and New Media Festival.  The other cities involved were Lisbon and Copenhagen. The European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards are organised jointly by EuroPAWS (European Public Awareness of Science and Engineering) and EuroScience, who organise ESOF – the large European City of Science Congress held in Copenhagen this year.

At the annual Festival there are a number of “science in society” categories where science-related issues are recognised.  In 2014, these are the environment, medical research, women in science and an audience prize which, for the first time, focuses on teenage audiences. The annual Awards evening is now a special event at the science centre in Lisbon in November – which this year will include the inaugural Young Jury Award.

Using the power of film, the Young Jury activity aims to demonstrate to European young learners how science education can support exciting career opportunities within the creative industries as well as promote the importance of film and TV to engage the wider public in science.

The Glasgow Jury

The Glasgow Young Jury comprised a diverse selection of 40 students and pupils (aged 15-19) from 4 schools and 2 Universities within the Glasgow City region including University of Strathclyde, Bellahouston Academy, University of Glasgow, Notre Dame High School , John Paul Academy and All Saints Secondary School.

The Glasgow Young Jury was tasked with choosing a shortlist of 3 productions from 7 European science TV documentaries. The 7 films were a selection of the best science TV documentaries entered for the European Science TV and New Media Festival. Participating educational organisations were asked to organise group film showings to promote and stimulate interactive discussions about the films.  City of Science arranged for the films to be hosted on Distrify – the online movie distribution and marketing platform.

The judging criteria was set by Europaws and had 3 key elements:

  • Production Values: was it a gripping, well-crafted film with good filming techniques, scripting, structure, pacing? This is usually similar to your “gut reaction” to the programme, or if you liked it or not?
  • The Science Bit: Did it illuminate some aspect of science and/or technology/engineering – was the scientific message clear and significant?
  • Originality – Making Science Accessible to All: Did it have original elements, including content and style, to support reaching new audiences or presenting issues or activities in an innovative way?

The Glasgow Young Jury result

The Glasgow Young Jury score was revealed at a special event in the Cineworld IMAX on November 4th 2014. The Glasgow Jury voted the BBC’s “Pain… Michael Mosley presents” as the best science documentary from this year’s European Science TV and New Media Awards. This was followed by The Mystery of Dark Matter by Arte France and Techman by VPRO from the Netherlands.

Our lucky audience also had the opportunity to listen to inspiring stories and top careers advice from award-winning science documentary makers & leading TV/film executives.

The Founder of the European Science TV and New Media Awards (Dr Andrew Millington) was Chair for the night. The panel was comprised of BAFTA, RTS, and EMMY award-winning science TV/film documentary producers, directors and camera-operators including BBC Scotland’s Graham Russell and Fay Finlay, Clair Stevens – producer at Twig World, Jonathan Sanderson (science communicator and film-maker), and John Aitchison – the BBC, Discovery Channel & National Geographic wildlife cameraman and photographer.

Graham Russell from BBC Scotland gave practical advice to the audience on honing their film production skills using free to use online resources such as Lynda.com, Creative Cow, Indy Mogul and Film Threat as well as hints and tips on making your CV stand out from the crowd in a competitive industry. The panel members explained the diverse range of roles within science TV and documentary making. The audience were also treated to inspirational stories from the diverse panel including John Aitchison, the BAFTA and EMMY award-winning wildlife camera operator and photographer, who talked about working on the acclaimed BBC series Frozen Planet where his team camped for three weeks on the frozen sea near Cape Washington to capture incredible shots of emperor penguins leaping out of the ice.

Developing the pipeline of film-making talent in Glasgow and the West

Our inspirational Jury also judged the Glasgow City of Science inaugural 60 Second Science Mobile Movie Competition on the night. All finalist films are now being showcased on a large screen in the busy public space outside the Glasgow Science Centre and BBC Scotland in Glasgow.  So pause for a few minutes to see them, if you’re passing by!

Otherwise the 4 City of Science, 60 Second Mobile Movie Finalist Films can be viewed on our playlist. Watch now. Once in a lifetime work experience opportunities with top science TV and film documentary makers were awarded to the winners.

The combined European Young Jury result

It was announced at the European Science TV and New Media Awards ceremony in Lisbon on 28th November 2014 that the collective European Young Jury voted The Mystery of Dark Matter by Arte France as the best science documentary from this year’s nominees.

The BBC’s Pain and Techman by VPRO were the runners up – chiming with the Glasgow top 3, if a different overall winner!

The creative industries represents a key economic sector for Glasgow City of Science and the Young Jury project is an excellent example of an international partnership project that aims to promote science education and wider public engagement in science.  Furthermore, it presents young learners in Glasgow and the West of Scotland with a unique opportunity to influence a major European project.

This project was delivered in partnership with Creative ClydeTwig worldCineworldGlasgow Science CentreEuropaws and Euroscience.