Robotville II : Robotsafari Background There is an appetite to run another celebration of European robotic research after the success of RobotvilleEU

in 2011 where around 8,000 visitors attended the festival at the Science Museum in London. Researchers from 11 different countries across Europe brought 20 robots. There was extensive media coverage of the festival. Robotsafari Robotville II will focus on biomimetics in robotics across the EU. The first floor temporary exhibition space at the Museum where Robotville was held will be dressed to resemble different habitats. The Museum will create individual spaces for each research robot. Key Dates All research robot candidates to be sent to museum by end of June. Final selection of robots confirmed mid July. Schedule for text and information required from researchers issued by end of July. Robots arrive at Museum week beginning 25 November. Reception/Press launch of festival evening Tuesday 26 November. Robotsafari open to public: 19.00 – 22.00 27 November – adults only 10.00 – 18.00 29 November – school groups 10.00 – 18.00 30 November – Museum visitors 10.00 – 18.00 01 December – Museum visitors We will expect researchers to be present for the duration of the festival. Responsibilities EUNIC members Nominate a contact within your organisation. Propose robot research project to feature in festival – information to include an image, size of robot, size of ‘enclosure’ required to demonstrate robot, information on how robot is biomimetic and innovative (what makes the research project special?). Cover costs for transport, accommodation and subsistence for researchers and robot. Please note researchers are often asked to carry our public engagement as part of their funding agreement so may have the funds to pay for themselves to come.) Contribution to launch event – this could be food or drink. Support funding applications to EU. Suggest/support avenues for any other potential funding. Science Museum Provide dedicated budget to delivery of the festival. Support additional fundraising for festival. Provide project manager to co-ordinate festival and deliver festival space and amenities required to ensure operational robots. (Includes 3D and 2D design and identity for festival.) Provide operational staff for duration of festival. Provide press officer to co-ordinate press and marketing of festival. Collate attendance numbers and visitor feedback.

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kat.nilsson@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

EUNIC Briefing 12 March 2013

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