The scientific communication funding scheme Agora was introduced in 2011. On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the current president of the Agora commission presents in a video the scheme and three representative projects.
The Agora scheme aims to promote the spread of knowledge, as well as the exchange of views and perspectives about scientific research. It therefore encourages projects involving two-way processes - with interaction and listening - which generate dialogues between researchers and the public.
The call for proposals is issued on 15th May each year. Grants of between CHF 5,000 and CHF 200,000 are awarded for both small communication formats and large-scale initiatives with more far-reaching goals. Diverse activities are supported, for example: discussions and debates, hands-on workshops, multimedia projects, serious games, theatre and performances, interactive exhibitions, education projects with schools, etc.