We welcome you to take a look at our book published by Routledge and written based on the research executed in the PE2020-project!
“This well-researched book on European practices of public participation in science provides comprehensive overview and deep insights. It is empirically rich, theoretically innovative and offers an active lead into Responsible Research and Innovation. In short: Everything you always wanted to know about public participation in science, but were afraid to ask.” — Professor Wiebe E. Bijker, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Maastricht University, The Netherlands
The book is aimed primarily at scholars and practitioners of public participation, as well as research managers, policy makers and business actors interested in related issues. There is also a secondary market for students and scholars of European governance studies, sociology and political sciences. You can order it here.
The field of public participation is developing fast, with phenomena such as citizen science and crowdsourcing extending the resource base of research, stimulating innovation and making science more accessible to the general population.
Promoting public participation means giving more weight to citizens and civil society actors in the definition of research needs and in the implementation of research and innovation. As yet, there is limited understanding of the implications of widespread use of public participation and as a result, there is a risk that it will become a burden for research and an obstacle to bridging the gap between research and society. This volume presents the findings of a three-year international study on innovative public participation. The resulting work studies the characteristics and trends of innovative public participation through a global sample of 38 case studies. It provides theoretical generalisations on the dynamics of public participation, suggestions for an evaluation framework and clear empirical examples of how public participation works in practice. Illustrated by best practice cases, the authors identify characteristics which contribute to successful public participation.
The public portal of the European Union to publish results of research projects, Cordis, has published a short newsletter of the PE2020 project, Results in Brief. You can find the briefing here in six European languages.
While the PE2020 project has officially ended, you can still find the project reports here. Especially, you may take a look at the PE2020 toolkit, which continues to live even after the projects duration! It tells you everything you need to know about public engagement!
The PE2020 toolkit for public engagement with science can be found in
The PE2020 and the CASI projects jointly organised a policy conference for various stakeholders in Brussels, Belgium, November 16-17, 2016. Please find here the report of the conference with some conclusions of the policy messages and discussions that took place during the day.
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We invite you to take a look at our policy brief “Public 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 –
On behalf of the PE2020-project consortium, we would like to thank you for working with us and engaging with our research this year!
– Mikko and Kaisa –
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 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.
Please join us for the policy conference Public Engagement for Research, Practice and Policy via live stream from the Committee of Regions in Brussels. The conference will start November 16th Wednesday at 9:30 .
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You can follow the discussions in the different rooms via the links below. All keynote speeches and plenaries can be found here:
For the session 1 and session 5, choose this link:
For the session 3 and session 7, choose this link:
Please send us your comments via Twitter with the #CASI_PE2020 or to @publicengagemen or @casi2020
Session 1: Innovative public engagement
Mikko Rask: What is innovative PE and why is It needed?
Luciano d’Andrea: What should be done to support PE in R&I activities?
Ville Kairamo: Global Platform Empowering Local Talent
Session 3: Societal interaction and societal impact
Timo Aarrevaara: The policy impact of PE tools
Kirsi Pulkkinen:Societal Interaction Plans In Research Projects
Tanja Suni: Living Lab of Global Change Research
Isabella Susa: Educating on science-society relations and PE for students
Session 5: Evaluation and incentives of public engagement
Session 7: Prospects of PE: Round table with sister projects
The high level policy conference on Public Engagement for Research, Practice and Policy is just around the corner! The organisations are just waiting for our final touch and we are expecting to see 200 highly motivated expert and stakeholder to discuss public engagement and sustainable innovation. Exciting!
While waiting for the beginning of the conference, you can take a look at our new policy brief about boosting public engagement!
The policy conference is jointly organised with the CASI project so go ahead and check out interesting new information related to sustainable innovation and its assessment and management in the CASI website as well.
You can find us in Twitter under @PublicEngagemen and @casi2020 tweeting about the conference. If you cannot join us in person, please join us in twitter using the hashtag #CASI-PE2020!