Science With And For Society (Swafs)

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She Figures 2018

Equality between women and men is a core value of the European Union, actively promoted in all aspects of life by the European Commission. What is the situation in Research and Innovation? Are women participating and contributing to it to the same extent as men? Or is the so-called ‘leaky pipeline’, the phenomenon of women dropping out of research and academic careers at a faster rate than men, still prevalent?

The She Figures 2018 presents the latest available official statistics on the footprint of women in the research landscape. The data follow the ‘chronological journey’ of researchers, from graduating from higher education programmes to acquiring decision-making roles, while considering their working conditions and intellectual outputs. The publication highlights also the differences between women and men in all these respects. It is recommended reading for policymakers, researchers and anybody with a general interest in these issues.

The She Figures was produced in close collaboration between the European Commission, Eurostat and the Statistical Correspondents of the EU Member States and Associated Countries.

 

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Ex-post evaluation of science in society in FP7 - Final report

The FP7 Science in Society (SiS) programme was part of FP7 Capacities and had a budget of €312 million allocated for the period 2007-2013. It attracted a total of 841 proposals, of which 184 were funded. Drawing on desk-based research, CORDA/SESAM/bibliometric/network analysis, stakeholder interviews, online surveys and project case studies this ex-post evaluation assesses the rationale, design and implementation of the programme and evaluates its achievements, impacts and EU added value. It is available as a full report and as an executive summary. The following annexes are also available to download:

Policy responses to the Ex-post evaluation of SiS are documented in Ex-post Evaluation of Science in Society in FP7 – Unit RTD B7 response to recommendations.

 

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Strategic opinion of the SwafS Advisory Group for the next Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

The strategic contribution of our Science with and for Society (SWAFS) Advisory Group to our next Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 illuminates new trends in SWAFS and Responsible Research and Innovation policy, for example Citizen Science in the context of the Open Science

 

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New report on Science Education: “Science Education for Responsible Citizenship”

This publication on science education offers a 21st century vision for science for society within the broader European agenda. It is the culmination of many months of work by a group of experts brought together by the European Commission in 2014. As the world becomes more inter-connected and globally competitive, new economic opportunities often come hand in hand with complex societal challenges. Therefore, we must engage all of society in research and innovation processes. We must provide the space for open, inclusive and informed discussions on the research and technology decisions that will impact citizens' lives. This report is aimed primarily at science education policy makers. It identifies the main issues involved in helping citizens to access scientific debate; it provides guidance on how industry can contribute to science education; and it proposes a new framework for all types of science education from formal, to non-formal and informal approaches

 

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Indicators for promoting and monitoring Responsible Research and Innovation - Report

This report of the Expert Group on Policy Indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation considers options for RRI indicators. It divides such indicators into three sections: I) (good) governance as an overarching principle for R&I networks; II), public engagement, gender equality, science education, open access and ethics, as the five main keys for governance; and III), sustainability and social justice/inclusion as a more general policy goal.

 

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Concurrent Design Foresight - Report

This report aims to provide advice on how to develop a modelling tool that can integrate knowledge and data from forward-looking activities like foresight, in a transdisciplinary manner that could be used by policymakers. Concurrent Design Foresight is proposed as a concept that can guide the development of such a modelling tool, enabling real-time interaction with stakeholders through both non-numerical and numerical modelling.

 

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European citizens positive about scientific and technological innovation, while concerned about impacts on employment and social relationships

A new European qualitative study shows that citizens are positive about scientific and technological innovation. Citizens could identify the many associated benefits such as improvements in their quality of life, shown in increased comfort and convenience, better communication means, safer and healthier lives and increased life expectancy. But as much as citizens could identify the positive, they were equally concerned about possible drawbacks of scientific and technological innovation. These drawbacks included privacy and data security concerns, unemployment, growing technological dependency and deskilling, worsening of relationships, social exclusion, a sedentary lifestyle, and effects on the environment.

 

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Challenging futures of citizen panels

Critical issues for robust forms of public participation

This report emerged from the workshop “Challenging futures of citizen panels”, held by the Innovation in Governance Research Group on April 26, 2013, at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin, Germany. The workshop was conceptualized and designed as a platform for a wide variety of actors involved in citizen panel design and implementation to identify and discuss issues and challenges for the future development of participatory methods.

 

 

 

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Gender in EU-funded research
Ever since the Treaty of Rome, the European Union has consistently advocated gender equality as one of its core policies. Yet the monitoring and assessment studies of FP5 and FP6 have shown that despite the efforts to promote gender in research, women remain under-represented and the issue of gender is far from being systematically addressed in research projects.

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