International Ocean Literacy – Once Upon a Time Project (stories for kids in multiple languages)

The aim of this pro­ject is to com­mu­nic­ate sci­ence through short stor­ies in or­der to en­cour­age the dia­logue between sci­ent­ists and the pub­lic. We are a group of in­ter­na­tional re­search­ers from dif­fer­ent in­sti­tu­tions, mainly in Bre­men, but co­oper­at­ing with vari­ous sci­ent­ists, writers, artists in Ger­many and in­ter­na­tion­ally. We as sci­ent­ists write short stor­ies deal­ing with the top­ics of our field of re­search: the mar­ine realm, cli­mate change, the im­port­ance of the seas and oceans and how hu­mans can dis­cover, util­ize and pro­tect them. Our tar­get group are chil­dren as well as adults from all over the world. A first set of stor­ies is free to down­load in Ger­man, Eng­lish and Span­ish as an ebook. The first book was com­pleted in the frame­work of the “Sci­ence Year 2016/​17: Seas and Oceans” (Wis­senschaft­s­jahr 2016/​17: Meere und Ozeane) thanks to the fund­ing of the ini­ti­at­ive Sci­ence in Dia­log (Wissenschaft im Dialog) and the Ger­man Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Sci­ence (Bundesmin­is­terium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) through the com­pet­i­tion “Show your re­search!” (Hoch­schul­wettbe­w­erb – Zeigt eure Forschung!). The pro­ject was one of the three win­ners of the com­pet­i­tion! We are con­tinu­ing with the pro­ject even after the com­pet­i­tion, more ex­cited and en­gaged than ever. At the mo­ment we are busy trans­lat­ing the book into other lan­guages, so please keep vis­it­ing our web­site not to miss the latest up­dates. We are also work­ing on a second book with more stor­ies to tell and more sci­ence to share! We aim to re­lease it at the be­gin­ning of 2019. Some of our time is de­voted to search for fund­ing op­por­tun­it­ies in or­der to fully de­velop the pro­ject in a longer term. If you have an idea in this re­gard, feel free to con­tact us!

Here you can down­load the short stor­ies of the first volume in the lan­guages Eng­lish, Ger­man, Span­ish, Filipino, Chinese and Por­tuguese. If you are in­ter­ested in more lan­guages listen to our sneak peeks.


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