In the 157th year of the publication of Darwin’s groundbreaking work “On the Origin of Species”, EvoKE hosted a European meeting to promote “EVOlutionary Knowledge for Everyone” from February 6th to 8th, 2017 in Porto, Portugal.
The three-day conference was structured around five plenary talks and several break-out sessions where participants exchanged ideas on all aspect of evolutionary research, education, and outreach and actively worked together to further activities in all theses areas.
On the first day, participants discussed the following topics in two of the following break-out session topics:
- Creationism in Europe: is this an issue?
- Applied evolution: evolution in our daily lives
- Evolution and formal science education
- Evolution and public science literacy
- Communicating evolution effectively in the media
- Communicating evolution effectively in informal learning environments
- Addressing evolution education in the international context of Europe
- The art of evolution (literature, art, theatre): using art to communicate evolution
- Evolution in citizen science: engaging citizens in evolution research: a citizen science approach
On the second day, participants formed collaborative teams to think about and develop evolutionary projects in any of several different important areas.
The third and final day was dedicated to summarising the key thoughts of these working groups to all delegates and to chart the way forward for these collaborative projects.