More and more governments around the world are considering to define overall standards for what they expect, incentivise or even require Science Communication to achieve. Such policies, as previously established in Australia, China, or South Africa, take the form of recommendations, regulations or even federal law. In close collaboration with or even as consultants to several different governments, our project explores how the regulations can anticipate and address cultural and societal needs, institutional structures and national strategies. Long before KPIs should be determined, it is crucial to design processes that include the scientific community and civil society, legacy media and a wide spectrum of other stakeholders. Only if these are invited and empowered to co-create science communication policies upstream, can governments expect a wide-ranging implementation and compliance in the academy. SciComPass also investigates potential risks of such policies, e.g. constraints for the diversity of scicomm formats.
In NUCLEUS we have the leading role in an international consortium of 24 institutions from 15 countries which is developing new cultural and organizational approaches to help scientific institutions respond to societal needs and challenges. Over four years in Europe, China and South Africa, the project is designing and implementing new ways to embed Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into the governance and culture of universities and scientific institutions.
RRING investigates the global diversity of approaches towards social appropriation of science, from Latin America to Japan, and from Europe to South Africa. The project then aims at developing a global network for collaboration in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) using an Open Access knowledge-base with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals as a common denominator.
Dozens of degree programmes for Science Communication have emerged worldwide, particularly in the past 15 years. Despite the shared ‘frame’, these programmes are highly diverse in terms of focus area and content, teaching methods and costs. For the first time ever, our SciCommFinder project conducts a detailed content analysis of several hundred module descriptions, and explores the course directors’ objectives and experiences. An international symposium to discuss the preliminary empirical results is planned for Spring 2019. Some of the data can already be explored interactively in the beta-version front-end of our data-base.
PROJECT Ô demonstrates the efficacy of technologies for more circular and sustainable water management systems, by incorporating stakeholder needs and expectations at an early stage of the innovation process, with upstream public engagement initiatives in three demonstration sites.
CREATIONS has worked for three years on improving the skills of young people in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) by developing creative arts-based approaches to ensure that the science learning process is engaging and inspiring.
STEAM is a 10-day intensive summer school in science communication which aims to create communities of European practitioners capable of effectively exchanging knowledge between the research community and various public groups.
How can academic institutions in the Marine and Maritime Sciences, relate their work better to societal, political and industrial needs? The “GRRIP” project is setting out to facilitate a sustainable culture-change in five research institutions. The changes are expected to translate also into adapting the institutional governance. The five institutes are based in Ireland and Wales, France, Portugal, and off the coast of Gran Canaria (Spain). The Action Plans will be based on internal analyses and audits. The project will also establish engagement platforms for the institutions in the context of Quadruple Helix theory.
Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action – is Europe’s largest project on climate change mitigation research, policy and communication. Starting in January 2019, the project will establish a comprehensive overview on the state of the art of climate change adaptation research, policies and communication strategies and approaches. This research will integrate consideration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Taking a co-creative multi-stakeholder approach, the project will identify opportunities, drivers and barriers of implementation of climate change mitigation. It will explore a diverse range of pilot cases in regions in Spain, Germany, France, Serbia, Poland and Belarus. Rhine-Waal University will lead an in-depth, iterative evaluation work package on this project. Combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, the evaluation is designed to deliver practical, formative insights on a continuous basis throughout the project.
NUCLEUS, RRING, Ô, CREATIONS and GRRIP are funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme
STEAM was funded through the Erasmus+ programme and is now being run as a social enterprise in collaboration with the University of Malta, the University of Edinburgh, and ScienceView in Greece