Science with and for Society

The specific objective is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Science with and for Society (SwafS) in Horizon 2020

There are times when science can seem to lose its connection to society and its needs, and sometimes its objectives are not fully understood, even if they are well intended.

The lack of a common language and rapid progress in many areas of research has increased the public's concern or contributed to ambivalence about the role that science and technology play in everyday life. But science cannot work in isolation, and advances in science and technology are not an objective in their own right.

The Science with and for Society programme is instrumental in addressing the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society.

It makes science more attractive (notably to young people), raises the appetite of society for innovation, and opens up further research and innovation activities.

Areas of SwafS

  • Ethics
  • Science Education
  • Open Science (Open Access) 
  • Public engagement in responible research and innovation
  • Promoting Gender Equality in Research and Innovation

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SwafS publications



Multimedia: 9 June 2015
Multimedia: 9 June 2015
Multimedia: 27 January 2015
Multimedia: 27 May 2014
Multimedia: 27 May 2014