Science With And For Society (Swafs)

Posted on: 22 February 2018

Guidance to facilitate the implementation of targets to promote gender equality in research and innovation

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In the conclusions of 1 December 2015, the Council invited Member States and research institutions to set up guiding targets for a more even gender balance for professors and in decision-making positions. It called on the European Commission to develop a guidance to facilitate the implementation of these targets in close cooperation with the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation.

This guidance draws on the national action plans submitted in 2016 and on a survey done by the Helsinki Group on practices adopted at national level by national authorities. It provides recommendations as well as good practices relating to the implementation of targets in research institutions and higher education establishments.

Guidance was prepared by the European Commission and the Helsinki Group in consultation with the European Research Area stakeholders’ platform

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Posted on: 13 October 2017

Interim Evaluation: Gender equality as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020

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This report was drafted by the Commission expert group on the interim evaluation of gender as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020. This report aims to identify possible improvements in the implementation of gender equality as a crosscutting issue in Horizon 2020. It assists the European Commission in assessing gender equality, and – in particular – the gender dimension in research and innovation content, as a crosscutting issue at the various stages of the implementation of Horizon 2020 from the Work Programme definition to the funded projects. It aims to provide a solid evidence base for designing future activities and initiatives, in particular the preparation of the exante impact assessment of the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

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Posted on: 28 September 2017

Implicit Gender Biases during Evaluations - Workshop

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On 30-31 May 2017, a Workshop on Implicit Gender Biases during Evaluations: How to Raise Awareness and Change Attitudes? was organised by the Gender Sector of the European Commission's Directorate-General Research and Innovation. It aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of what implicit/unconscious gender biases are, how they intervene in evaluative processes, and how they can be addressed within Horizon 2020. This report summarizes the discussions and outcomes of the workshop.

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Posted on: 23 June 2016

Ex-post evaluation of science in society in FP7

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The Ex-post evaluation of science in society in FP7 (full report and executive summary) has now been published. It assesses the rationale, design and implementation of the Science in Society programme (predecessor programme to Science with and for Society) and evaluates its achievements, impacts and EU added value. 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.

Posted on: 22 March 2016

She Figures 2015

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The She Figures 2015 is the 'go-to' document for anyone interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of gender equality in research and innovation in the European Union. In addition to comparable statistics on women and men amongst PhD graduates, researchers and decision-makers, it sheds light on differences in working conditions. It also presents for the first time the situation of men and women in scientific publications and patent applications, as well as the inclusion of the gender dimension in scientific articles

The She Figures was produced in close collaboration between the European Commission, Eurostat, the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation and Statistical Correspondents.

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Posted on: 05 August 2015

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

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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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Posted on: 19 January 2015

How to go about Responsible Research and Innovation-Social Sciences and Humanities in ICT-related areas of Work Programme 2016-2017?

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On Feb 2 at 14.00, the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology organises an Info-Day, for all those interested in addressing properly responsible research and innovation in the topics with a deadline in 2015.
On Feb 3 at 9.30, a workshop is organised to discuss about the mainstreaming of Responsible Research and Innovation and the integration of SSH (social sciences and humanities) in the research to be called for in the next workprogramme, i.e. WP16-17.

Registration is free.

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Posted on: 19 December 2014

Symposium-Forum Reinventing the Science and Society Alliance – A democratic imperative, Paris 7-9 January 2015

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The interactions between society the research institutions are the subject of numerous debates. This symposium-forum which is a first step in a long process that will gain momentum over time, aims at renewing and strengthening the ties between science and society.

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Posted on: 17 December 2014

Rome declaration on fostering RRI adopted at Italian Presidency Conference

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The Italian Presidency Conference “Science, Innovation and Society - achieving Responsible Research and Innovation” was held in Rome from November 19th to 21st. The Conference, supported by the European Commission, took stock of EU funded activities on 'Science in Society' and Responsible Research and Innovation. One of the main outcomes of this conference was the adoption of the Rome declaration, to foster Responsible Research and Innovation

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Posted on: 26 September 2014

EMAPS - Brussels1 6th October 2014 - Event Invitation

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On the 16th of October the EMAPS (Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science) partners are coming together in Brussels to showcase the results of the sprints and investigate how the methodology can be used in other areas.

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Posted on: 06 August 2014

Challenging futures of citizen panels - Critical issues for robust forms of public participation

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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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Posted on: 01 August 2014

Consultation on Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society Work Programme 2016-2017

We are pleased to inform you that we have just launched an open public consultation on the potential priorities for the Horizon 2020 'Science with and for Society' work programme of Horizon 2020 covering the period 2016-2017.

The aim of this consultation is to obtain views and contributions from a broad constituency. The contributions received will complement the opinion provided by an External Advisory Group of high level experts set up by the Commission according to Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 establishing Horizon 2020.

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Posted on: 30 July 2014

STEM Educator Academy

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2014 STEM Educator Academy – a joint conference of Intel and European Schoolnet, organized in partnership with European Union Contest for Young Scientists, Warsaw University and the Copernicus Science Centre. Warsaw, 21-23/24 September 2014.

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Posted on: 17 June 2014

Policy Brief: Putting the Science into Regionalization

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A policy brief, based on the discussions held at the GAP2 workshop 'Putting the Science into Regionalization: Participatory Approaches in the New, Regionlized CFP', has now been authored by GAP2 scientists Dr. Steven Mackinson and Dr. Martin Pastoors. This is now available to read, and in PDF format, on the GAP2 website. Alongside the post-event policy briefing, you will find links to pre-workshop materials and, furthermore, to a detailed workshop report.

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Posted on: 11 June 2014

We are delighted to announce the long-awaited VOICES final report !

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The Report provides a synopsis of the first ever DG Research and Innovation citizen consultation process to gather ideas on how to advance urban waste research in Europe.

This initiative, launched by the Science with and for Society Unit of DG RTD, was implemented by the ECSITE network of science centres and museums, from January 2013 through to June 2014. The outcome of the initiative led to the definition of 5 waste-related topics under the Horizon2020 2014-2015 calls for proposals of Societal Challenge 5 - Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials - for an expected EC financial contribution of approximately 116 Million EUR.

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Posted on: 14th May 2014

Science with and for Society Brokerage Event - Brussels, Belgium

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Do you intend to prepare a proposal under Science with and for Society 2014 Call for proposals? Start building your consortium!

The network for National Contact Points for Science with and for Society (SiS.net) invites all stakeholder involved in the Science with and for Society Programme of Horizon 2020 to the 2014 Brokerage Event. The main objective is to provide first-hand information by the European Commission officials about the first Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society call for proposals and then bring all stakeholders together (universities, research institutions, civil society organisations, SMEs, public bodies, Science Centres etc.) in order to meet potential Co-ordinators and partners in a fruitful networking environment.

The event is organised by SiS.net in cooperation with the European Commission and will take place at the MCE Conference Centre, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, in Brussels. Participation is free of charge. For detailed information aboutregistration and the agenda, please visit the event web page.

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Posted on: 15 December 2014

Educating the educators - Essen, Germany

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Conference on international approaches to scaling-up professional development in maths and science education

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Posted on: 17 September 2014

EASST conference - Situating Solidarities: social challenges for science and technology studies - Torun, Poland

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Stakeholder involvement: an inclusive or exclusive practice? In the governance of science and technology, in particular in research programming and in establishing research priorities, policy makers expect from stakeholder involvement, the involvement of organized interest groups, to meet two objectives: firstly, to address 'societal challenges' by taking a broader range of interests, perspectives, knowledge/s, needs and demands into account; secondly, to increase the legitimacy of governance of science and technology. The benefits, limits and disadvantages of stakeholder involvement to increase legitimacy in the governance of science and technology are debated in STS and beyond.

They are especially interested in discussing contributions on stakeholder involvement in research policy and approaches to tackle them in practice: empirical studies, analyses of implementation experiences and theoretical perspectives.

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Posted on: 01 August 2014

GREAT project

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The GREAT project develops an empirically based and theoretically sound model of the role of responsible research and innovation governance. The project explores the dynamics of participation in research and innovation, and investigate the characteristics of responsible practices.

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Posted on: 20 March 2014

International Conference "Transition to a new society" organised by the Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, 20-21/03/2014

"Human society is currently undergoing changes of a nature unprecedented in both magnitude and intensity. The outcome of this development will be a different type of civilization based mainly on knowledge, information, communication and the most importantly – mobility. One of the main difficulties in this transition is the emerging gap between the accelerating pace of technological change and the slower pace of cultural evolution."

This conference gathering many academies of science has been an opportunity to shed a light on the importance of socio-epistemic networks in a new society. The support to socio-epistemic networks will create socio-epistemic capital, hence wealth in the future knowledge-based society.

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Posted on: 25 August 2014

2nd International PROFILES Conference

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From 25th to 27th August 2014,the PROFILES Consortium would like to invite all interested colleagues to the “2nd (and final) PROFILES International Conference on ‘how to enhance IBSE and Scientific Literacy’ in Europe.” This Conference will take place in Berlin. Project results will be presented to stakeholders and to other invited guests from schools and other educational practices and colleagues from other FP6, FP7 and/or projects related to the Conference’s topic are especially invited! And all are invited to submit a brief proposal for the foreseen “interactive poster presentation” at the PROFILES conference. Further information regarding the current status of the “2nd (and final) PROFILES International Conference on ‘how to enhance IBSE and Scientific Literacy’ in Europe” will be available and will be regularly updated on the PROFILES website.

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