Despite the efforts done to engage societal actors in scientific developments, many citizens still do not see why they should understand science or participate in it. Nevertheless, they potentially engage in science through dialogues and actions (live and digital) that are related to research results. Moreover, they are willing to participate in science when they become aware of the social impacts generated by research outcomes.

Therefore, the general goal of this project is twofold: on the one hand, to create new knowledge about how to transform potential citizen participation in science into actual engagement in scientific research. On the other hand, to unveil new ways to engage societal actors, including young citizens and groups that have traditionally been excluded from science. This will be done in the framework of 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 will contribute to understand 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 will be addressed alongside. This proposal has been developed by an interdisciplinary consortium in close dialogue with diverse stakeholders and societal actors. The inclusion of their voices will raise critical dimensions to successfully engage diverse citizens in science. Overall, engaging in a transformative and productive dialogue with citizens throughout the research will be key process in order to achieve the envisioned goal.

WPLead BeneficiaryPeriod
WP1 Citizens’ benefits from social impactUBM1-M17
WP2 Raising citizen awareness of social impactSCSP-ULisboaM4-M18
WP3 From awareness to citizen engagement in scienceUHM5-M19
WP4 Engagement, co-creation and recruitment of new talentUNIMIBM5-M20
WP5 Replicability of actions aimed at citizen engagement in scienceRUGM21-M26
WP6 Informing policy for replicabilityUOXFM27-M30
WP7 Dissemination, exploitation and communication
of the project’s results
WP8 ManagementUBM1-M30
WP9 Ethics requirementsUBM1-M30

List of deliverables

NumberDeliverable TitleLead beneficiaryDissemination levelDeadline
D1.1Raw data1 – UBPublic7
D1.2Report 1 “How societal actors benefit from the social
impact of scientific research in gender and education”
1 – UBPublic17
D2.1Report 2 “Initiatives which are making societal actors
aware of the scientific research that led to the solutions
they appreciate”
5 – ISCSP-ULisboaPublic18
D3.1Report 3 “Awareness- raising actions which are encouraging
an active engagement of societal actors in direct participation
in science”
2 – UHPublic19
D4.1Minutes from Worshop 17 – EPAPublic19
D4.2Report 4 “Actions fostering the recruitment of new talent
in science and their participation in the co-creation of knowledge”
4 – UNIMIBPublic20
D5.1Report 5 “Study of the replicability of awareness-raising actions
which foster citizen participation in scientific research with impact”
3 – RUGPublic26
D6.1Minutes from Workshop 27 – EPAPublic30
D6.2Report 6 “Fostering citizen participation in science through
awareness-raising action on the social impact of research:
evidence for policy”
6 – UOXFPublic30
D7.1Dissemination, Exploitation, Communication and Impact Plan1 – UBConfidential1
D7.2Data Management Plan1 – UBConfidential2
D7.3Policy Brief7 – EPAPublic20
D7.4SSH Research guide1 – UBPublic30
NumberDeliverable TitleLead beneficiaryDissemination levelDeadline
  D7.5Webpage of the Project and social media accounts  1 – UB  Public  1
  D7.6  Video-Capsules  7 – EPA  Public  17
  D7.7  Sciencethon  1 – UB  Public  17
  D7.8  Game Jam  1 – UB  Public  26
  D7.9  Science Open Events  7 – EPA  Public  17
  D7.10Chain of Bridging Narratives  1 – UB  Public  26
  D7.11Open Final Conference Channel  1 – UB  Public  30
  D7.12  Scientific publications  1 – UB  Public  30
  D8.1  Steering Committee meeting minutes  1 – UBConfidential,  1
  D8.2Gender and Youth Action Plan5 – ISCSP-ULisboaConfidential,  2
  D9.1  H – Requirement No. 1  1 – UBConfidential,  4
  D9.2  H – Requirement No. 3  1 – UBConfidential,  6
  D9.3   – Requirement No. 4  1 – UBConfidential,  3
  D9.4  H – Requirement No. 5  1 – UBConfidential,  6
  D9.5  POPD – Requirement No. 6  1 – UBConfidential,  1
  D9.6  POPD – Requirement No. 8  1 – UBConfidential,  1

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