Science With And For Society (Swafs)

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Public Engagement

Network Analysis of Civil Society Organisations’ participation in the EU Framework Programmes

Publication coverThis study examines the participation of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in the EU research framework programmes (FP) through literature reviews, a series of case studies, social network analyses and agent-based modelling. It revealed that CSOs have played a marginal role in FP6 and FP7, and had very limited effects on network performance and research output. This can be explained by different logics: up to now, the FPs have been mainly shaped by researchers, focusing on scientific excellence, and the business sector, focusing on profits and competitiveness, when CSOs follow a different logic, focusing on societal impacts.

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Public Perceptions of Science, Research and Innovation


Publication coverThis Eurobarometer provides insight into which areas European citizens would like scientific research to focus on. The survey first looks at the respondents’ level of scientific education. It then asks respondents which areas they would like science and innovation to prioritize over the next 15 years, such as job creation, health and medical care, energy supply, education and skills, and the fight against climate change among the issues they are asked to consider.

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Why and how to participate in the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020?

Manual for civil society organisations

Publication cover"We consider it important that NGOs seize the opportunities, which Horizon 2020 is offering. This brochure is aimed at giving a short practical introduction for NGOs on how to participate in projects financially supported by Horizon 2020. It is not aimed at giving a complete overview of the programme. Also, even if we have a rather critical reading of the Horizon 2020 programme as a whole (you will find some words on this in the text), the manual is not targeted at a critical analysis of H2020 but at giving help on how to use it."

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The role of philanthropy in the promotion of responsible research and innovation

Report of the participatory workshop held on 21-22 October 2013

Publication cover Responsible research and innovation (RRI) represents a step forward in the debate on science in society. RRI encompasses all stages of research and innovation (R&I). To that end, RRI supports collaboration between all stakeholders and integrates societal issues in order to improve the excellence of R&I, a goal that perfectly matches the philanthropy’s social legitimisation as well as the European Commission. The workshop showed how mutual understanding and collaboration might lead to success. Its main outcome is maybe the common will of the EC, foundations and other philanthropic organisations to go further in the development of RRI in Europe

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Monitoring Policy and Research Activities on Science in Society in Europe (MASIS)

Final synthesis report

Publication cover This report provides an overview of results emerging from the European-wide project on ‘Monitoring Policy and Research Activities on Science in Society in Europe’ (MASIS), funded by EU work programme ‘Science in Society’ (FP7 ‘Capacities’). It is based on analyses of 38 national reports accessible on, which include data on research efforts, policies, and communication activities relating to science in society, different models and use of scientific advice and expertise for policy making, and activities related to assessment and ethical issues of science and technology in 38 EU and associated countries

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Optimising Civil Society Participation in Research


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Public engagement in science

Report of the science in society session

Publication cover What does Public Engagement in Science mean? Science and its associated technologies pervade every sector of society but how do citizens relate to them? And how do scientists consider their relationship with civil society? In recent years, the volume and intensity of public debates about science and technology have risen, boosted by the emergence of controversies over issues such as BSE, genetically (no hyphen) modified organisms, mobile phones and nuclear waste. Should the public be involved only when a problem arises or is there room, reason and interest for a more systematic participation of civil society in scientific research? These questions have been raised during a Europe-wide consultation on the future of the European Research Area (ERA) and the ensuing Portuguese Presidency conference in Lisbon in October 2007. This publication presents the results of the consultation concerning public engagement in science and research. It also reports on the discussion which took place during the Lisbon conference on the purposes of public engagement and the forms it can take during the process of production and regulation of science and technology

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Why and how to participate in the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon 2020?
Manual for civil society organisations on how to participate in projects financially supported by Horizon 2020 – published by Fondation Sciences Citoyennes.

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