Science with and for Society (SwafS)

SwafS is a programme that is instrumental to address the societal challenges which are being tackled by Horizon 2020.

Posted on: 22 July 2020

New factsheet on Citizen Science

Find out how citizen science can improve research and its outcomes, reinforce societal trust in science and how the ‘Science with and for Society programme’ plays a leading role within Horizon 2020 in supporting innovative citizen science projects. This factsheet has been produced to inform policy makers during the Competitiveness Council meeting on 21 July 2020 and contains 10 inspiring project examples that show how citizen science benefits our society.

Posted on: 20 July 2020

Swafs achievements and recommendations report published

Inclusiveness underpins the funding programme of Science with and for Society (Swafs) in Horizon 2020. The objective of this report is to convey the achievements of SwafS to serve as input for DG Research and Innovation to integrate science, society and citizens in Horizon Europe, both across the future framework programme and in the first Work programmes falling under the 'Strengthening the European Research Area' part.

We need science education for all, gender equality in our organisations, ethics and integrity embedded in research, communication we can trust and ultimately place citizens at the core to ensure excellent Research and Innovation to tackle the challenges of today for a better future. Europe can only thrive by matching the immense potential of science with the values (including adherence to the highest ethics standards), needs and aspirations of society.

The report gives an overview of SwafS achievements in Horizon 2020 about Science Education; Science Careers; Research Ethics and Research Integrity; Responsible Research and Innovation; Gender Equality; Institutional changes towards responsible research and innovation; Citizen Science and Citizen engagement; and Open Access. It draws policy objectives and outlines recommendations for better cooperation between science and society, the recruitment of new talent for science, and how to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Posted on: 8 April 2020

Stock-taking and meta-analysis of Science in Society projects throughout FP6 and FP7

This study assessed the implementation, results, and wider impacts of the “Science and Society” and “Science in Society” programmes, projects and activities in Framework Programme 6 and 7 (FP6 and FP7) – as well as their legacy in the development of ‘Science with and for Society' in Horizon 2020.

The findings and conclusions were presented to stakeholders and discussed during a final workshop in Brussels. Participants discussed future developments for science-society policy action under Horizon 2020 and FP9, and ways to increase the effectiveness of future actions. All of the study’s findings and recommendations were validated by the participants, who also emphasised further areas for improvement including policy aspects.

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Posted on: 12 March 2020

A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025

The European Commission is committed to promoting gender equality in research and innovation. It is part of the European Commission Gender Equality Strategy for 2020-2025, which sets out the Commission’s broader commitment to equality across all EU policies. The strategy addresses the key role of research and innovations in reversing gender stereotypes, ensuring bias-free AI and supporting unbiased evidence policy.

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Posted on: 7 October 2019

Research and Innovation Excellence through gender equality: New pathways and challenges - Finnish presidency conference

The Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, with support from the European Commission through Horizon 2020, is organising a conference on gender equality in research and innovation on 23–24 October 2019 in Helsinki. This event marks 20 years since the first European Commission Communication on Women in Science and the follow-up founding of the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation, which launched the EU action in this area.

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