Stage Designs (Scenography)
Playful, aesthetic and interactive presentations and special atmospheres will be created in order to facilitate the encounter between the public and the researchers. The idea is to provide immersion into the researchers’ world and highlight its attractiveness. The scenography will be adapted to our particularly evocative themes.
This is a variation on speed-dating where members of the general public meet researchers instead of bachelors. Every 8 minutes, the public switches to another researcher. We encourage researchers to come with an illustrative object to help get the discussion going. This “interaction” will be adapted to the two themes: in 2018, researchers can begin their presentation with "once upon a time" and recount their research work in a manner inspired by the writing of tales. In 2019, meetings can start in the manner of a police investigation.
This creative interaction was tested for the first time during the 2014 French ERN. The public enters a totally black room. A researcher talks about his/her work, without being seen, for 20 minutes. The intimacy created by the darkness is favourable to straightforward exchanges.
Choose Your Own Adventure
In the manner of some books, TV series or games, we will propose a playful narrative concept in which the public is the hero. Visitors will discover and connect with a research story, step by step, acting and living out some twists and developments and facing certain choices they will have to make. These choices will influence the unfolding and the end of the story. The game will be devised by mediators and scientists who have agreed to bring their work into play.
Tell Me a Tale of Research
The universe of storytelling will be conjured up to tell various tales of research in various manners. Ahead of the ERN, we will bring together research workers with storytellers and actors. During these encounters, we will either write research stories or select tales that are “in harmony” with the research methods or research stories that will be put forward in each ERN. These tales may be shared via various modalities: a “town crier” equipped with a loudhailer to begin with, a “rambling storyteller” strolling around the venue and offering visitors to follow him/her, a wise person ending the evening under the parley tree or by the fireside.