From the early days of television, different ways of interpreting scientific developments and discoveries have been explored. Once the power of TV drama for conveying scientific ideas and the lives of scientists became recognised, choices arose about the style of presentation and the relation of science in fiction to other cultural traditions.
This new Festival and Awards will present European television drama first screened over the years 1950 to 1999: Pascal, Marie Curie, Volta and Oppenheimer live again thanks to the interpretations of great actors, writers and directors.The variety of style, content and mood characterise the productions which cover science over several centuries, its triumphs, its challenges and some difficult ethical and social issues surrounding scientific advance.
The Festival will also include a colloquium or Round Table where leading professionals in science, scientific history, television drama and the wider media coverage of science will address the issues and opportunities opened up by science based drama.
An international jury of specialists, TV drama executives and scientists from across Europe will select winners in two categories, for the most illuminating depiction of the science or the scientist, and for the most innovative drama production of the time.
The Awards will be presented at the EuroPAWS Awards evening in London on the 25th of November 2002.