iNOVA Media Lab collects a number of important awards that value academic research and its relationship with the industry and people’s lives. We are very proud to recap the awards received since 2018 for works developed on the Binaural, Dreamscape and 90 Segundos de Ciência projects.

In November of last year, the audio report “Com Olhos de Ouvir” (With Eyes of Listening), in partnership with Antena 1, won the Digital Media Award in the category of Best Digital Innovation, which recognizes the most important journalistic productions for their innovation. The piece is edited by Rita Colaço with Paulo Castanheiro’s sound design and tells the story of Telmo Baldé, who lost his sight almost three years ago and is now undergoing rehabilitation with a specialized association. In the report captured in 360º audio, it is possible to experience another layer in the immersion and consumption of journalism. Listen to the full content here (in Portuguese).

The same story was also among the 10 nominees for the important Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Award 2019, in the Innovation category that recognizes projects that have made the best contribution to the development of new media, content, languages and ways of relating to the audience.

In 2018, the immersive narrative project Dreamscape was one of 20 prototypes selected at a global scale that was granted to the Sennheiser’s AMBEO – Augmented Audio Developers Program. The project development is based on AMBEO cutting-edge technology and propose to understand how the narrative connects with users’ cognitive structures.

90 Segundos de Ciência project (or 90 Seconds of Science, in English) was the winner of the Portuguese Access Culture award, which aims to distinguish and promote organizations and projects which make a difference in the development of good practices for the improvement of access to the cultural offer in general. 90 Segundos de Ciência project is a one and a half minute daily radio program in which a different researcher each day explains one of their projects. The choice is made to have geographic, scientific and gender representativeness. It began broadcasting in 2016 and is currently broadcast twice a day on Antena 1, with four repeats on RDP International and RDP Africa. It is also broadcast via the internet, RTP Play, podcast and a dedicated website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

In July 2019, 90 Segundos de Ciência project was also honoured with the Gulbenkian 2019 Award in the Knowledge category. Currently, the program has reached about 10,000 people per month, plus radio, podcast and social media audiences, and by the time of the awards had already interviewed and contributed to the science communication of more than 700 scientists. The project is supported by ITQB NOVA, Faculty of Social and Human Sciences (NOVA FCSH), Antena1, Novartis and Santander.

And to close the year in a very special way, the most recent recognition also received by 90 Segundos de Ciência was the Honorable Mention in the Blog or Podcast category in the National Innovation Agency Award (ANI). The winning episode was about replacing plastic with fiber or how to find alternatives to an invasive species, which explains Helena Cristina Vasconcelos research at the University of the Azores.

It is evident, then, that the term 2018-2019 brought even more prominence and visibility to projects developed with great dedication. We, in addition to thanking the judges at each award, know that the most important is the cultural and scientific legacy we are building as people and researchers who are proudly part of the iNOVA Media Lab.

We can’t wait for 2020.