Article published

9 Apr 2013

We published an article on European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations website 


Diamond is a two-year project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme which began in November 2012 in the framework of the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. It aims at bringing together a group of scientific museums and research centres committed to providing learning opportunities for adult people (using ICT). It also aims at providing an in-depth analysis of tools and methodologies to measure the impact of museum activities within society and the adult learning field, and to develop guidelines of good practice.

All of these partners are already working with people from different backgrounds in co-operation with different kinds of social, educational and local institutions. The project will also give them the possibility to train their professionals in an innovative communication method, such as Digital Storytelling, and to develop a new and innovative educational activity, either individually or jointly, addressed to the elderly or disadvantaged adults. Activities should help these groups to use also Digital Storytelling as a tool of self-expression and communication.

The use of Digital Storytelling harnesses the potential of self-biography (a very powerful pedagogical tool) and the use of ICT, fostering the decrease of the digital divide among different age groups and different social groups.

Within Diamond, 4 pilot projects will be developed in 2013 and 2014 and carried out in the coalition countries within the scientific museums involved (Museo civico di Zoologia, Rome; Natural History Museum “Grigore Antipa”, Bucharest; Natural History Museum “Ion Borcea”, Bacau, and Natural History Museum of Valencia), and in co-operation with different entities such as social organisations, elderly associations, etc. 

The 4 pilot projects will be addressed to a total number of 100 participants (25 for each project). Each project will share the role, the impact and understanding of science, and of scientific communication and dissemination, in people’s lives in contemporary society.