Science in Society (SiS) aims to make the European Research Area (ERA) more responsive to the needs and aspirations of the European society as defined in Europe 2020.
EU funding in 2012
€ 46.02 million
The societal challenges addressed include ethical principles, promotion of gender equity, public engagement with science and technology, responsible innovation, the importance of attracting young people to S&T careers and better conditions for the use of science.
The SiS activity focuses on the relationships between societal actors involved in the Research and Innovation process. It provides an adequate framework for their engagement in future societal challenges.
Major policy contributions were made in 2012 to the Communication and Recommendation on scientific information, the gender aspects of the ERA Communication and the implementation of the 'Women in Research and Innovation' campaign launched in June.
In 2012 several evaluations of this activity were carried out: an interim evaluation, an assessment of future options for SiS, a report from the Responsible Research and Innovation expert group and a report of the Workshop on Mutual Mobilisation and Learning Actions' future development.
A pilot action was included in the 2012 Work Programme which aims to identify the best way to introduce a citizen dimension into the preparation of the first wave of calls for proposals under Horizon 2020.
The activity has had a positive impact on the ethical dimension of research and on participant networking.