There was a significant expansion of the agenda this year and a change of format, with the festival and awards now combined as a single three day event in Lisbon, Portugal, from 24 to 25 November 2015. The venue was the celebrated Sao Jorge Theatre in the centre of Lisbon.
There were ten awards decided in Lisbon, and two further awards relating to young people and education decided by specific audiences Europe-wide, all listed below. The screenings were complemented by panel led discussions and keynote talks on themes relating to Science and the TV/AV media. This year there were also discussions after each screening of the productions shortlisted by the international jury. The Awards were presented in Lisbon in a special evening on the third day of the event at the Jorge Theatre in central Lisbon, on 25 November.
There were four TV and New Media categories, with a prize in each, plus four further categories and prizes as described below, reflecting “Science in society” issues. There were also four further categories focusing on young people and the wider educational and scientific community.
A production could be eligible in more than one category; these may have been designated either by the entrant or the organizers.
Programme Brochure – Brochure finalprint
The “genre” categories were: The Best European Production involving Science in the following four genres:
- TV Documentary, supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Dancing in the Dark: The End of Physics?, from the series HORIZON, BBC UK
- TV Drama and Docu-drama supported by NEF: The Innovation Institute
Magnitude 6 (Starke 6), A T&C Zurich and cut.it fim Stuttgart Production for SRF 1 Switzerland and ARD Germany
- TV General programmes supported by EuroPAWS/OMNI Communications
Rosetta: A Sky at Night Special
The four so-called “Science in Society” areas were:
- The Environment supported by la Caixa Foundation
Climate Change by Numbers, BBC UK
- Medical Research supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
The Greedy Brain, VPRO the Netherlands
- Physics supported by the European Physical Society
Taming the Quantum World, Masto Medi ApS for DR TV Denmark
- Women in Science supported by l’Oreal Portugal
The Science Squad Series 3 – Programme 2 – Pre-Eclampsia,
A New Decade TV Production for RTE One Ireland
- Interactive new media production supported by EuroScience
Invasive Plants, Centre of functional Ecology, The university of Coimbra
- Non-Interactive New Media supported by the European Science Foundation
The Story of Rosetta And Philae
Episodes of this anmiaton series, entitled: “Fabulous Fables and Tales of Tails” and “Once upon a time…Comet landing”
A production by the European Space Agency and Design and Data, European Space Agency Channel
- Best TV Documentary chosen by a Young Jury supported by Ciência Viva
Killer IQ: Lion Versus Hyena, Deadly Predator Challenge – Part 2
Produced by Kingdom Film and Smithsonian Netwoks in association with Animal Planet International and Terra Mater Factual Studios, for Servus TV, Austria
- Best One Minute Video shot on a mobile phone supported by Vodafone
A Guide to Personalised Medicine, A Spleen Machine Production, Glasgow, UK
This year’s discussion theme “The Rosetta Mission And Space Exploration” was chosen to celebrate the “International Year of Light”.
- Mark McCaughrean, Senior Science Advisor at European Space Agency
- Bella Hurrell, BBC Visual News
- Jean-Claude Worms, Head of the ESF Science Support Office, European Science Foundation
- Ana Viseu, unversidade Europeia
- José Vitor Malheiros (moderator), Ciência Viva
- Joana Barros, Molecular Biologist, Coordinator of Associação Viver Ciência, an organization that works to strengthen society’s relationship with Science.
- Lars Becker-Larsen, A Film-maker who has specialized particularly in directing and writing productions on physics
- Claude Farge, Director of Publishing and Innovative Media Content Division and Director of Multi-Media Library, Universcience
- Christoph Falkenroth, Writer and Project Co-ordinator for MINTEEE in Berlin, which promotes science in TV Drama
- Carlota Simões, Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the University of Coimbra, Director of the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra.