ALLINTERACT is a project selected and funded under H2020 program (SwafS-20-2018-2019: Building the SwafS knowledge base). From October 2020 to May 2023, this project aims, on the one hand, to create new knowledge about how to transform potential citizen participation in science into actual engagement in scientific research, and on the other hand, to unveil new ways to engage societal actors, including young citizens and groups that have traditionally been excluded from science.
The project is grounded on the idea that, although many citizens still do not see why they should understand science or participate in it, they are willing to participate in science when they become aware of the social impacts generated by research outcomes. In this line, previous research has evidenced that if citizens are aware of social impact emerged from research, they are more likely to be involved and participate in science.
ALLINTERACT project is focused on two Sustainable Development Goals –Quality Education and Gender Equality – and with a mixed method approach, by using digital technology (social media analytics), a survey and an intervention study, including communicative focus groups. By exploring the transformation of potential engagement into actual engagement through fostering awareness of the social impact of research, this project contributes to understanding how societal actors react to and interact with scientific developments. The aim is to improve the cooperation between science and society, with diverse citizens and societal actors involved in it. The potential pair between scientific excellence and social awareness of social impact of research is also being addressed alongside. Overall, engaging in a transformative and productive dialogue with citizens throughout the research is being key in order to achieve the envisioned goal.
ALLINTERACT project is coordinated by Prof. Flecha (CREA-Universitat de Barcelona) and countz on an international and interdisciplinary consortium in close dialogue with diverse stakeholders and societal actors. In this line, the consortium includes Prof. Kumpulainen (University of Helsinki), Prof. Avraamidou (University of Groningen), Prof. Leccardi (University Milano-Bicocca), Prof. Torres (ISCSP – University of Lisbon), Prof. Ovseiko (Oxford University), and Prof. Petuya, president of the European Parents Association (EPA). In addition, ALLINTERACT is supported by Instituto Natura and the Department of Welfare of the Catalan administration.