Public Engagement in Science in European Context
Yet, a flurry of activities at EU level is coming up mostly centred around Responsible Research and Innovation. And the EuroScience Open Forum ESOF has become a major European event for debating public engagement with science and innovation among scientists, policymakers, business, media and even, in the form of Science in the City the general public, the latter drawing in Copenhagen 2014 40,000 visitors.
The presentation will not focus on communication and dissemination, but rather on more active, more interactive ways of engaging the public in the form of public dialogues, joint shaping of research directions, citizen science, or influencing scientists’ attitudes.
Examples will be presented from the UK (the Concordat between the largest funding agencies for Engaging the Public with Science, and its inclusion in the criteria for funding allocations), Germany (Wissenschaft im Dialog), Denmark (Consensus Conferences), the Netherlands (the Science Agenda based on open submissions by everyone interested, Science Shops), and others.
Though conceptually Responsible Research and Innovation as well as another buzz word: Open Science) when it should apply to all research and innovation supported by EU funds, it has the potential to inspire researchers, innovators, citizen groups, local authorities and many others who want to benefit from research and innovation but feel left out in the process of creating them. Also here, some examples in an RRI Toolkit, soon to go public for tests, will be shown.