Science TV and new Media Festival 2014

European Science TV & New Media Festival & Awards 2015

Science TV and new Media Festival 2014There 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.
The Categories

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 winners

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 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

Discussion session

This year’s discussion theme “The Rosetta Mission And Space Exploration”  was chosen to celebrate the “International Year of Light”.

Discussion Panel

  • 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.