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Annual PLACES conference

PLACES of scientific culture, Bremen, Germany
Mar 10 2014 - Mar 12 2014

View the PLACES Legacies video

Download the City Partnership posters

Download the final programme

All cities - whether engaged in PLACES or not - are invited to sign the PLACES Declaration on the European City of Scientific Culture

  • Science and technology hold the keys to the future. Researchers all over the world are working on the great global challenges of our time, like climate change, health care and energy.

  • This is highly relevant also on a regional or local scale. Science and technology foster creativity and innovation, producing wealth, jobs, and good lives for the citizens. However, the communication between public, policy-makers and scientists can be improved, in order to strengthen the engagement, knowledge, opportunities and competitiveness of cities and regions. A scientific culture must be nurtured and supported.

  • More than 60 city partnerships have now explored and tested different aspects of a scientific culture. Local Action Plans have been written, Pilot Activities have been carried out, and the findings and results have been discussed and documented.

  • See the About PLACES page for more information about the PLACES project.

The PLACES Declaration and PLACES recommendations

The PLACES Declaration will be signed at the PLACES of Scientific Culture conference. The Declaration is based on the work carried out during PLACES by city and region representatives and science communication experts.

The final recommendations of PLACES - to be officially submitted to the European Commission - will also be unveiled at the conference.

The PLACES project and its partners, are now inviting 100 European cities or regions to come to Bremen 10-12 March 2014 to become part of the development of European Cities of Scientific Culture.


There is a tram number 6, going all the way from the airport, through the city center, to the University area. Step off at "Universität NW" and follow the signs to Universum - it is a five minute walk. The Atlantic Hotel Universum and Universum Bremen are neighbors.


Hotel rooms in different categories can be booked at the registration site (opens end of October), including rooms at the conference hotel Atlantic Universum and two other hotels in the immediate neighborhood. It is also possible to make reservations for hotels in the city centre of Bremen (approx travel time to conference venue by tram: 10-15 mins)

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Who should attend?

The PLACES project is calling science communicators, innovators, businesspeople and local-level policymakers to attend the conference. You don't need to be a member of the PLACES project to attend - in fact, we are looking for new ideas to join the mix!

The Registration for the conference is now closed. Should you wish to participate, please contact the conference secretariat by mail.

Your incentives for joining us in Bremen:

  • -The conference is open to all who are interested in promoting and developing scientific culture – not just cities registered with the PLACES project.

  • -Share your city’s policy and development challenges with the PLACES community and get new ideas and solutions from all over Europe; PLACES offers cities and regions evidence, experience and knowledge to support local-level goals.

  • -If you decide to become part of the PLACES project, you’ll enjoy European-level visibility in our promotional publications and website, the chance to influence science communication policy recommendations to the EU, and a diverse networking community of science communicators and policymakers.

Interested in joining the PLACES project?

Find out how your city can become part of the PLACES project by contacting

Reimbursement for travel and accommodation

Two people per city/region can attend the conference. Travel and accommodation costs are reimbursed up to 600 euro per person (1,200 euro per city/region) . There is no registration fee for the conference. For information about reimbursement claims, contact Jan Riise, Director, European Science Events Association:

Cancellation policies

There is no cancellation fee for the conference itself. The hotels in Bremen that can be booked through the registration site all offer free cancellation until 24 hours before arrival, with the exception of Park Hotel where cancellation is free until 48 hours before arrival.

Reimbursement form and regulations

Reimbursement forms will be sent to all participants before the conference.They can also be found here.

Mar 13 2014
Images from Wednesday, March 12: Plenary session and Signing of the PLACES Declaration on the European City of Scientific Culture. view photos here
Mar 12 2014
European Mayors and other regional and city leaders are expressing commitment to scientific culture by signing the PLACES Declaration – a document based on the four years of dynamic work emerging from the PLACES project at the PLACES of Scientific Culture conference.