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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 –

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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© Petteri Repo

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-