The mission of the PE2020-project is to identify, analyse and refine innovative public engagement (PE) tools and instruments for dynamic governance in the field of Science in Society (SiS).
PE2020 continues the work began in the MASIS project (2010-2012), both through its consortium and by going deeper in analysing the PE tools and instruments through a systemic and contextual perspective, and contributing to the potential and transferability of new governance innovations. PE2020 will create new knowledge of the status quo and trends in the field af public engagement in science, refine innovative PE tools and instruments and propose new ones.
The project will do this by
(1) further developing a conceptual model that provides a systemic perspective af the dynamics af public and stakeholder engagement;
(2) creating an updated inventory af current and prospective European PE innovations;
(3) context-tailoring and piloting best practice PE processes related ta the grand challenges of the Horizon 2020 and
(4) developing an accessible net-based PE design toolkit that helps identify, evaluate and successfully transfer innovative PE practices among European countries.
New tools and instruments for public and societal engagement are necessary to boost the quality, capacity and legitimacy of European STI governance and to solve the looming problems related to the grand societal challenges of the Horizon 2020. In order to ensure practical relevance, the project will work through intensive co-operatian between researchers and science policy actors. PE2020 will expand the capacity of European and national science policy actors to integrate better societal engagement by providing an easy access to new PE tools and instruments, to be included in the requirements and implementation of research in Horizon 2020 and beyond.
The PE2020-project started February the 1st 2014 and will last until January the 31st 2017.