Policy brief Issue 3 published!

We invite you to take a look at our policy briefPublic Engagement for Research, Practice and Policy – Introducing a New PE Toolkit“!

This policy brief is the last of three published by the PE2020 project. The policy brief has two aims: 1) it presents the main conclusions from the policy conference Public Engagement for Research, Practice and Policy, and 2) introduces a PE Toolkit for the support of future public engagement processes.

– Mikko, Luciano and Kaisa –

Boosting Public and Societal Engagement

The quality, capacity and legitimacy of European science, technology and innovation need to be boosted. In order to do this, new governance tools and working methods are needed for public and societal engagement of science. Such tools and instruments are necessary for us to solve the wicked problems that challenge researchers, among other societal actors.

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Public and societal engagement of science is claimed to have only limited impact. It has been seen as merely an inward-looking exercise that has little to do with the surrounding society and the practical problems that need to be solved. In the PE2020 project we openly challenge these claims. We re-examined the approach to studying societal and public engagement of science. We wanted to find the core of what constitutes successful PE and the key instruments that promote the use of successful methods.

Read more in our newest policy brief about boosting public and societal engagement!

– Kirsi –

Thank you for your participation in the policy conference!

Thank you for participating to the policy conference organised by the PE2020 and CASI -projects!

Please give us feedback to the conference, you can find the link to an online questionnaire here.

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You can find photos of the conference https://goo.gl/photos/X8RVNAqGositkdha9 . We warmly thank Petteri Repo for his excellent pictures!  We will soon add recordings of the conference to this site.

PE2020 presented in the Dutch Presidency conference

This summer The Brainport Eindhoven Region hosted the 7th edition of the European Commission’s Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE). This conference of the Directorate-General Research & Innovation serves as a prime event under the flag of the Dutch EU Presidency in 2016. The WIRE 2016 conference provided a platform for policy makers, national and regional authorities, knowledge institutions and enterprises from all over Europe to have an in-depth discussion on research and innovation practices and challenges throughout the European regions, including possibilities in the current EU funding programmes and those beyond 2020.

One of the team leaders of PE2020 dr. Saulė Mačiukaitė-Žvinienėresults presented the results of the project in the parallel session “The Art of Collaboration 2 – Teaming up to innovate more rapidly”

About the conference: http://www.wire2016.eu/programme-themes

Presentation: http://www.wire2016.eu/uploads/documents/WIRE-2016-Saule-Maciukaite-Zviniene-Lithuania.pdf

– Saule –

Report of the public engagement pilot cases on Societal Challenges

This report presents the work executed in PE2020 Work Package Three. The aim of the work package was to 1) test and refine innovative public engagement tools and processes in research programme contexts, 2) to evaluate the feasibility of using such tools in other countries, and 3) to gain further understanding of the relevance of contextual factors in designing processes for public engagement.

The seven pilot initiatives were co-designed and implemented with the research projects and programmes we examinied. Testing and introducing new public engagement processes requires them to be adapted to the preconditions of the target programmes. Through the pilot initiatives we were also able to identify innovative public engagement methods. The initiatives led to positive results with regard to the quality of the research projects as well as the relationships between the actors. The forms of public engagement used in the pilot initiatives varied from more conventional science communication and focus group discussions, to highly collaborative co-creation practices.

There has been strong pressure to find solutions that match the style and obligations of the new funding programmes. However, the successful research consortia from the first phases of adopting innovative practices have shown ability to develop both their knowledge and skills in public engagement.

-Timo Aarrevaara, Kirsi Pulkkinen and Ian Dobson-

Societal Interaction Plans of the Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland

In the pilot initiative about Societal Interaction Plans we have examined the 16 projects selected in the first call of the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland. These projects commenced in late 2015 and will run for a maximum period of five and a half years. The competition for SRC funds was fierce and the application process was considered to be laborious. Hence, those responsible for the selected projects are aware that their progress will be followed closely and expectations are high for both scientific and societal deliverables.

The SRC projects funded from the first call in 2015 fell under three main topics, each focusing on grand societal challenges: 1) utilisation of disruptive technologies and changing institutions (six projects), 2) a climate-neutral and resource-scarce society (four projects), 3) equality and its promotion (six projects). The Societal interaction plans report analyses public engagement tools, and identifies the partners and processes that define successful consortiums, the new knowledge on societal interaction plans (SIP) and benefits of SIPs for researchers and research groups. In addition to these core capacities of dynamic governance, continuity is viewed as an additional key capacity in the framework of this report.

Pilot initiative of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years, Better Lives (MYBL)

The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) More Years, Better Lives (MYBL) was chosen as a pilot initiative for the PE2020 project in order to pilot the idea of societal impacts and stakeholder involvement in the research grants awarded by the JPI MYBL programming initiative on European and global demographic change. Joint programming is a new approach to increase collaboration and coordination in research and development in Europe. The JPI MYBL programming initiative is focussed on demographic change which is one of the determining megatrends all over the world and is having an exceptional impact on Europe, for example in rising life expectancy and falling birth rates, resulting in an ageing society which in turn creates strains on existing welfare systems (e.g. pensions, health care, the labour market, and education). The conceptual aim of the programming initiative is to explore and enhance the understanding of societal impacts and stakeholder involvement in studies on the science and the society. You can read more in the report of the pilot initiative.