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Interim evaluation and assessment of future options for SiS activities - 19/12/2012

This report sets out the principal findings, conclusions and recommendations of the ‘Interim evaluation and assessment of future options for Science in Society actions’, which was carried out in the period November 2011 - July 2012 by Technopolis Group in collaboration with Fraunhofer ISI and Science-Metrix.

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Communicating EU Research & Innovation - A guide for project participants (518KB) - 29/10/2012

This short guide gives some examples of successful communication activities, as well as an elaborate checklist to help the project participants to develop a sound strategy for communicating about their work.
It also informs about legal requirements and expectations starting at the negotiation phase right up to the end of the project.
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New leaflet on Responsible Research and Innovation (508KB) - 02/10/2012

Responsible Research and Innovation means that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes, with the values, needs and expectations of European society.
The Responsible Research and Innovation framework consists of 6 keys:
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MML Action Plans : new leaflet issued on call for proposals 2013 (1.01MB) - 25/07/2012

The Science in Society work programme 2013 contains a call for proposals aimed at financing Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plans on societal challenges in the following areas: infectious diseases; assessment of sustainable innovation; water; integrated urban management; ICT, Internet and society; ethics assessment.
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Science in Society Networking Event to be held in Brussels on 19 September. (210KB) - 20/07/2012

The international network of Science in Society National Contact Points - SiS.net invites all stakeholders involved in the Science in Society Programme (SiS) of FP7 to the Info day and brokerage event to be held in Brussels.
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Commission Communication and Recommendation to Member States on access to and preservation of scientific information adopted - 17/07/2012

The European Commission today outlined measures to improve access to scientific knowledge produced in Europe. Broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of publicly-funded research. As a first step, the Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020.
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Preliminary results of She Figures 2012 (1.11MB) - 12/07/2012

She Figures is a major publication presenting a Europe-wide data collection on women in science from tertiary education through to the job market. The full data will be published in December 2012.
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The 2013 'Science in Society' Call for Proposals is open! - 10/07/2012

(European Commission C (2012) 4526 of 09 July 2012)

"The Science in Society Work Programme 2013 aligns with, and contributes towards, the objectives of Europe 2020, the Innovation Union Flagship, and other EU policies. It bears a determined focus on fostering new ideas, on supporting world class teams tackling significant societal challenges, and on ensuring that the fruits of our investments can be properly exploited."

The 2013 Science in Society Work Programme provides for a smooth transition towards the new research and innovation framework programme for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020, which embeds Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). RRI means that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, businesses, civil society…) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align the research and innovation outcomes to the values, needs and expectations of European society.

Access to the Work Programme 2013 – Capacities - Part 5 - Science in Society
Access to the Call for Proposals
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Biobanks for Europe – a Challenge for Governance (961KB) - 19/06/2012

This expert group report on the ethical and regulatory challenges of international biobank research has been authored by an interdisciplinary group with experts from science, law, governance and ethics. Biobank research is rapidly evolving, and in close interaction with developments in informatics and genomics. The size and breath of the collections of biological samples and associated data that can be assembled has increased exponentially. This opens up a vast range of new options for research and diagnosis, but at the same time also holds an important challenge for the governance of these activities. In this report, the expert group makes specific recommendations for good governance of Biobanks
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Video speech - Nordbib 2012 international conference "Structural frameworks for open, digital research - Strategy, policy & infrastructure" - 13 June 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark - 13/06/2012

Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn addressed the participants of the Nordbib 2012 international conference "Structural frameworks for open, digital research - Strategy, policy & infrastructure", Copenhagen 13 June 2012. "We have excellent researchers in Europe, and I am determined to give them the very best conditions. Open access is one of these conditions", she said at a conference that is pivotal in getting the capture and re-use of research data to the forefront of European research policy thinking.
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Science in dialogue – Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation – 23-25 April 2012, Odense, Denmark (298KB)-23/04/2012

The Danish Presidency of the European Council invites research institutions, representatives from businesses and NGO’s, policymakers and civil servants to come together at the conference ‘Science in Dialogue’ to discuss the relationship between research, innovation and the wider society. ‘Science in Dialogue’ will focus on how a strengthened relationship between science, innovation and society may be realized in the future. The conference will present high-level speakers and draw upon the participants’ ideas, opinions and suggestions in an interactive conference format.

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Ethical and Regulatory Challenges to Science and Research Policy at the Global Level (1.6MB) - 20/04/2012

This expert group report has been authored by experts from Europe and the United States of America in an interdisciplinary manner. Science is a major driving force of globalisation. We cannot assume that the ethical values underpinning the European Union's Framework Programme are accepted outside Europe. This has become very clear in the global discussion on privacy standards and data protection, as well as on the ethical imperative for benefit sharing from scientific and technological advance. The expert group has made specific policy recommendations for these two topics, especially in the light of emerging technologies. The expert group advocates an approach to advance an international framework for responsible research and innovation by means of multilateral dialogue. Since governmental bodies have limited possibilities, it will be necessary to include both state and non-state actors in this dialogue.

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Results of the public consultation on scientific information in the digital age (4MB) - 14/03/2012

This consultation, open from from 15.07.2011 to 09.09.2011 concerned access to scientific publications and scientific data as well as the preservation of scientific information. Stakeholders were given the opportunity to comment on the state of play, barriers and potential policy actions in these areas.
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Science in dialogue – Towards a European Model for Responsible Research and Innovation – 23-25 April 2012, Odense, Denmark - 24/02/2012

The Danish Presidency of the European Council invites research institutions, representatives from businesses and NGO’s, policymakers and civil servants to come together at the conference ‘Science in Dialogue’ to discuss the relationship between research, innovation and the wider society. ‘Science in Dialogue’ will focus on how a strengthened relationship between science, innovation and society may be realized in the future. The conference will present high-level speakers and draw upon the participants’ ideas, opinions and suggestions in an interactive conference format.
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Survey on open access in FP7 (11.2MB) - 24/01/2012

 The European Commission launched in August 2008 the open access pilot in FP7.
In May 2011, the Commission sent a questionnaire to all project coordinators in order to collect feedback on their experiences of both the implementation of the pilot and the reimbursement of open access publishing costs.
Answers provide important input for the future of the open access policy and practices in Horizon 2020 (the future EU framework programme for research and innovation), and for the preparation of a communication from the Commission and a recommendation to Member States on scientific publications in the digital age.
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Science, H1N1 and society: Towards a more pandemic-resilient society (177KB) - 19/12/2011

The European Commission’s (former) Directorate for Science, Economy and Society decided in mid 2010 to set up an Expert Group on Science, H1N1 and Society (‘H1N1 Expert Group’, or ‘HEG’) in order to clarify the ‘Science in Society (SIS)-related research questions raised by the H1N1 pandemic and associated crisis management.

The HEG group reviewed various aspects relating to the involvement of scientific expertise in the management of the A (H1N1) pandemic through various documents from the WHO, articles in international health journals, European Union documents and some national reports.
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