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Covid-19 resources for
science engagement organisations

Last updated: Friday 26 March 2021

This is a loosely curated list, to keep you up to date with information and resources that the Ecsite team find on a daily basis. To share other inspirational resources please contact communications@ecsite.eu or tag us in your posts using the hashtag #EcsiteOnline

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Communicating Covid-19 to our audiences

Coronavirus education

Fighting misinformation

Reaching our audiences, online

Digital outreach examples

Tips and tools for digital engagement

Virtual tools & events

Museum and Scicomm Events

Other events for inspiration

Management   

Guides and advice

Stats and inspiration

Vaccines and vaccination learning tools

Communicating Covid-19 to our audiences

This section contains links and useful resources that several organisations have created to aid in the communication of all things directly corona: the virus, the pandemic, ongoing efforts, trends and the like. Those resources that are free to use and share have been marked as such in green. The rest are meant as sources of information and inspiration. This Covid-19 section has been divided into Corona education and Fighting misinformation.

Coronavirus education

Testing for coronavirus  
|
EN | 30 March | Ecsite member
by
Roger Highfield from Science Museum Group | A thorough article explaining and discussing the science and importance of coronavirus testing. Read also Coronavirus Science: What we know (and don’t know) about the virus from 23 March.
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Coronavirus : ce que sait la science! 
Copyright free | FR | 24 March | Ecsite member
from
Palais de la découverte, Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and Universcience | An online expo on the science of coronavirus. In French but completely free of copyright and shareable. You can contact Sophie Biecheler-Fiocconi at Universcience to arrange a translation. Check out also the video Understanding Coronavirus Figures (in French with optional English subs), a short video on distinguishing data science vs fakes. Last but not least, have a look at their other children’s activities and resources in "LaScienceEstLà".
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Citizen science resources 
|
EN | 24 March | Ecsite European collaboration project
by
Lucie Steigleder for EU-Citizen.Science and the Citizen Science Association | An extensive compilation of citizen science projects to help collect useful data from home during the pandemic, coronavirus resources for educators and much more.
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Maker communities build emergency ventilators
|
EN + more | ongoing | collaborations by Ecsite members
by
various | Ventilator parts are in short supply and do not meet the increasing demand of the pandemic. Starting in Italy over a month ago, individuals, FabLabs and Maker communities all over Europe (and further afield) are now proactively helping to support the pressing issue of healthcare system overload by providing open source designs and 3D printing parts. This article provides a very thorough (though not exhaustive) review of participating maker communities. See also the Ecsite news article for links to news in several languages and check out Patient Innovation’s website for other helpful collaboration projects. If you or your organisation are in a position to help, there are many ways to get involved. You can find open source ventilator and facemask design sharing here. Last but not least, read this recent, wacky NY Times article on the reverse engineering of a vintage Dutch ventilator.
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Beyond the Covid: How the pandemic will shape our future 
|
EN | spring 2020
by
Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies | An analysis of the effects of Covid-19 and a look into its repercussions in the future.
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Informal STEM education resources for Covid-19 and online learning 
| EN | updated regularly 
by
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education | A very thorough compilation of resources to communicate all things Covid from a range of informal learning providers.
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COVID-19+Eu
|
PT | updated regularly
by
Rita and Sérgio | A platform for Portuguese speakers which collects updated, very thorough information on Covid-19 and different risk groups and scenarios.
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Webinars: UNESCO learning cities respond to COVID-19
| EN + more | 19 March - 28 May
by
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities | A series of webinars on different aspects of coping with the pandemic, such as inclusion, mental health, community support, economic recovery, the role of institutions and more. Discussions are from global as well as regional and local perspectives.
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Guida Galattica al Coronavirus!
| 🇮🇹 | EN + more | 22 March
from the Children’s Museum Verona, Hands On!, others | A coronavirus guide for children. Currently available in 28 different languages. You can find a long list of corona activities and resources for kids as well as children’s museum tips from Hands On International here.
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Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance
|
EN | 19 March
by
Tomas Pueyo on Medium | An in-depth exploration of pandemic trends and projection of future trends.
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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
Free to use | EN | 18 March
by the World Health Organization | Mythbusting, tips for working and parenting at home, and more. Also check out their detailed technical guidance.
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Illustrated mini-course on COVID-19
Free to use with attribution | EN + more | 16 March
by Lifeology | Presented in a children’s storybook format, this mini-course uses very simple terms and pictures to explain life during the pandemic. Available in eight languages. Also check out other Lifeology coronavirus education comics for younger readers such as How to keep COVID away!.
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The Coronavirus Project
|
EN | updated regularly from 24 February
from the
Federation of American Scientists | The biology, symptoms, testing, treatments, research progress, debunking of misinformation… This project tackles all aspects of Covid-19 communication to the public.
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Fighting misinformation

Misinformation: a strategic approach
|
EN | 15 April | Ecsite member
by
Michael Creek for Spokes - Ecsite’s digital magazine | A manual on battling misinformation, which is especially important during the pandemic.
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Coronavirus conspiracy theories are dangerous – here’s how to stop them spreading
|
EN | 20 April 
by
Stephan Lewandowsky & John Cook for The Conversation UK | Conspiracy theories such as the 5G theory are ripe during the Covid-19 crisis. This article suggests ways of dealing with this issue.
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How Not to Lose the COVID-19 Communication War
|
EN | 17 April 
by
Scheufele, Krause, Freiling & Brossard for Issues in Science and Technology | An article on the four challenges posed by the Covid-19 “infodemic” and how facing these will shape scicomm in the long run.
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Reaching our audiences, online

All our tasks have changed amidst the lockdown - so what are other organisations doing to captivate audiences online? What different engagement tools and ideas are others exploring and are they working? Here we share some examples from within the museum and scicomm field as well as a few noteworthy ones from outside it.

Digital outreach examples

Expedition: Home
| EN + more | Ecsite member
from European Space Agency Education | Games and resources for children and teenagers to enjoy at home. Divided into age groups.
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Eureka! at home
| EN | Ecsite member
from Eureka! The National Children’s Museum | DIY activities and resources for children at home.
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Miraikan educational scientific video content
| EN | JP | Ecsite member
from Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation | A collection of English-dubbed/subbed animated videos (in different art styles) on a range of scientific topics with a distinct Japanese thematic twist, predominantly for children..
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#HeurekaHetki, #LockdownLab, #cienciavivaemcasa, #levaisseauchezvous
|
FI | NL | FR | PT | EN | ongoing | Ecsite members
from Heureka, Technopolis, Ciencia Viva & Le Vaisseau | Similar initiatives that encourage the public to perform DIY experiments and scientific activities at home and share them on social media. The experiment ideas can be carried out with household objects. It is also worth visiting Twitter to have a look at #ScienceFromHome in which people are participating all over the world. Wonderful Idea Co does a similar DIY tinkering concept, which you can share on Twitter.
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Share #LockdownLab on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram
Share #cienciavivaemcasa on social media: Twitter | Facebook
Share #levaisseauchezvous on social media:
Twitter | Facebook

#NEMOchallenge #kettingreactie
|
NL | ongoing | Ecsite member
from NEMO Science Museum | A similar concept - a challenge for anyone at home to build chain reaction videos starting and ending with books and upload them on social media. Also check out NEMO’s corona resources page.
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#storieaportechiuse 
| IT | ongoing | Ecsite member
from The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci | Online museum content of many kinds: behind the scenes tours, explorations of the collections and archives, conversations with curators and educational lab activities.
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Explore museums at home 
| EN | 20 March | Ecsite member
from Science Museum Group | An article on what activities and digital resources the Science Museum Group has to offer to entertain and educate during the lockdown (online collection, virtual visits, games and learning resources…). Check out their regular #OnThisDay tweets as well.
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Coronavirus: How museums are engaging with visitors during social distancing
| EN | 19 March | Ecsite member
from blooloop | A really nice compilation of digital outreach activities by all sorts of museums. Check out also Blooloop’s regularly updated Covid-19-related museum and attractions news from around the world.
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Wondrous Museums You Can Visit From Your Couch Right Now
| EN | 18 March 
from Atlas Obscura | Many more museums and centres are doing virtual tours and digitising and making their collections freely available online. This is a varied selection curated by Atlas Obscura. Check out also their Wonder from Home series. It is also very much worth exploring #MuseumFromHome tweets to see the whole range of digital outreach decisions being made by museums all over Earth. For a long list of museums doing virtual tours and other online programming, visit MCN’s resources page.
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Fun social media outreach ideas
| EN | from 17 March 
by various.
There are many examples of quirky things museums and centres are doing to gain digital engagement, especially in the US. The
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma handed over social media management to their security guard Tim, who has zero prior experience in the area. The result is a series of funny, endearing and trending tweets and posts which you can see here. Shedd Aquarium let loose and filmed their penguins around their exhibits and Field Museum did the same with a floppy T.Rex. Take inspiration from these!

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources!
| EN | 17 March 
from ChatterPack | This thorough list includes a very wide range of digital activities and streams, some of which are science-related. Explore the whole list and have some fun!
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Online programming created by science centres and museums
| EN | updated regularly from 12 March 
from the Association of Science and Technology Centres | A long list of the DIY experiments, crafts, activities and videos shared by many different science centres, mostly in the USA. Find more coronavirus info from ASTC here.
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Tips and tools for digital engagement

People Don’t Want Virtual Museum Tours; Do This Instead
| EN | 30 April 
from Museum Hack | A look at corona crisis engagement trends and advice. Read also the critique article Actually yes, people do want virtual museum tours by Chris Unitt.
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Online Engagement: A guide to creating and running virtual meetings and events
| EN | 7 April 
from UK National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement | I guide from experts in the field of public engagement
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How to Captivate, Connect, and Communicate with Your Audience During Coronavirus
| EN | 25 March 
from Cuseum | You can watch the replay of this webinar, aimed at museums, anytime.
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How to reach – and engage – your public remotely
| EN | 12 March 
from ICOM | Digital outreach tips for museums.
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Virtual Communities for Impact Toolkit
| EN | December 2019
from Virtual Communities for Impact | Beginner/advanced toolkits - guides and resources for improving virtual community engagement and impact.
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Virtual tools & events

Many organisations and networks have closed, cancelled or postponed their conferences and other physical presence events. A few have gone ahead with their scheduled functions but adapted them to take place online. In this section we explore what other programmes, tools, strategies and ideas are being made a virtual reality. The section is divided into directly relevant events and others from those outside the field, but whose experience might be useful or inspiring.

Museum and Scicomm Events

PCST Free Webinar: Science communication and the COVID-19 crisis
| EN | 26 May
from
the Public Communication of Science & Technology (PCST) Network | PCST members and those who registered for the PCST2020 conference are invited to participate in this webinar, which will be chaired by PCST President, Brian Trench.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cultural and creative sectors: impact, innovations and planning for post-crisis
| EN | regularly from 10 April
from
OECD in collaboration with ICOM & ECBN | Webinars and discussions on different relevant topics.
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Virtually Social
| EN | weekly from 20 March
from
Jamie Gallagher | Weekly zoom meetings on different topics related to the Covid-19 crisis and science communication and engagement. The next one on Friday 24 April is on Accessible Engagement.
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Museum lives in post-pandemia
| EN | PAST (6 May) 
by Sandro Debono with NEMO | You can find the recording of the webinar which explored the ways institutions can sustain relevance over time even when circumstances dictate closure. It provided practical suggestions on how museums can keep sight of their communities' needs and ambitions as these evolve and change over time.
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COVID19 - the state & future of pandemics
| EN | PAST (6-18 March)
from
 Singularity University | A free online event which thousands attended. They live-streamed on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Crowdcast, where live chatting was also possible, and replayed on Crowdcast and YouTube. Check out also their still-available webinar How Leaders Can Navigate Chaos in Uncertain Times.
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Other events for inspiration

TED Connects: Community and Hope
| EN | daily from 23 March
from
TED | Daily live talks by a range of experts on the topic of Covid-19 and its repercussions.
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Collision from Home
| EN | 22-25 June
from
Collision | Global tech industry conference with tech CEOs, startups, international policymakers and global cultural figures. The conference will use its own Collision from Home App which includes livestreams, talk scheduling and algorithms that allow you to network from home.
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LEGO Idea Conference 2020 - Virtual edition 
|
EN | PAST (10-11 March) | from an Ecsite member
by the LEGO Foundation | The physical version of the conference was cancelled and instead of a three-day event it was condensed into a one-day virtual event. Registered attendants had non-transferrable logins; there was a presenter, live speakers, interactive sessions and an online chat throughout. You can watch the conference here.
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Management

The following items include good reads, tips and inspiration to motivate, engage and keep your team and yourself happy and healthy at work. You will also find stats and sources of information that might allow you to make better informed organisational decisions. This section has been divided into guides and examples.

Guides and advice

3 things visitor attractions should focus on during the Covid-19 pandemic
| EN | 15 April
by Kelly Molson for Rubber Cheese | A guide on what to focus if you have a visitor-based attraction or centre, before, in preparation for, and after re-opening. You might want to have a look at Rubber Cheese’s other articles too.
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#ERCasks - LockdownLife Podcast
| EN | ongoing
from European Research Council | A weekly series of interviews with experts on different aspects of lockdown life on SoundCloud.  
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An OPEN MIND wellbeing challenge…
| EN | 25 March | Ecsite member
from Science Gallery Dublin | Tips on maintaining mental health and wellbeing during the lockdown.
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Coronavirus: what to read in times of uncertainty 
| EN | 15 March | Ecsite member
by Andrea Bandelli for Spokes - Ecsite’s digital magazine | A collection of good reads and resources for the changing work landscape in the museum world.
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Final report on COVID-19's impact on museums
| EN | 13 May 
from NEMO | A thorough look into changes in budgets and operations during the crisis and survey-based projections for after, as well as advice.
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Travelling Exhibition Planning Through a Pandemic
| EN | 8 April |
from Cynthia Brown for AAM Traveling Exhibition Network | An online presentation on managing travelling exhibitions now. More presentation topics to come.  
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How Can I Contribute? Four Steps I’m Taking to Figure it Out
| EN | 29 March 
by Nina Simon on Medium | An article with general guidance for those (in the cultural sector or elsewhere) who want to use their skills to help out in the best possible way. Read also MCN’s article The 8 Essential Things Museums are Providing Right Now if you are in need of a little motivation boost.
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10 Ways Scientists Can Help During The COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
|
EN | 24 March 
by
Farah Qaiser for Forbes | A practical suggestion guide for the scientific community on how to get involved. Feel free to share this with scientists and scicommers you believe could have a positive impact. Also read this more generic Forbes guide on staying productive during the lockdown.
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How Can Museums Make Money Online
|
EN | 20 March 
by
Jim Richardson for Museum Next | A short guide on funding strategies to survive the impacts of the pandemic.
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It’s time for next-generation remote collaboration
| EN | 16 March 
by Matt Stempeck for Civic Hall | A great compilation article: advice, tips and resources on working digitally in your teams.
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Stats and Inspiration

Coronavirus Resources: Arts, Culture and Cultural Mobility
| EN | updated regularly
from On the move (Cultural mobility information network) | A Covid-19 crisis resource list much like this one, more generally for the cultural sector.  
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NEMO Quarantaine TV
| NL | 30 March | Ecsite member
by NEMO Science Museum | An online video channel created by and for NEMO staff, with news and tips on staying healthy, as well as other creative bits.

Post-pandemic projection data
| EN | 25 March 
by Colleen Dilenschneider | A data-based analysis of what will happen to cultural institutions of different types after the lockdown/pandemic. It’s good to have your team informed and prepared. Explore also What Will Make People Feel Safe Attending a Cultural Entity Again? from 1 April and Performance Vs. Exhibit-Based Experiences: What Will Make People Feel Safe Visiting Again? from 15 April.

Why we need museums now more than ever
| EN | 14 March 
by Rebecca Carlsson for Museum Next | An inspiring article for any museum professional.
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Coronavirus Tech Handbook
| EN | updated regularly 
by various | A crowdsourced website that anyone can edit, with vast coronavirus resources: tips for remote working, tools for organising mutual aid groups, specialist advice for doctors, teachers, charities… Take your time when exploring this!

Vaccines and vaccination learning tools

| EN | The Stephen Hawking Foundation’s vaccination resources

The Stephen Hawking Foundation has launched a schools programme to enable children and their families to make informed decisions about vaccinations after routine childhood immunisations fell every year for almost a decade.

 The first in a series of teaching aids published today focuses on the COVID vaccine and tackles head on conspiracy theories that have led to limited uptake in some communities.

Covid-19 resources for science engagement organisations

Collected by the
Ecsite office team