For almost three years, GRACE project partners have worked towards implementing fundamental institutional change in 6 research performing and funding organisations. With an intense mutual learning programme and a co-creation environment, six expert partners have supported six other partners in developing a set of specific RRI-orientated Grounding Actions in their organisation. These actions have provided a basis for developing tailored 8-year RRI Roadmaps within these institutions to ensure their sustainability and full implementation over the long-term.
From 26 October to 14 December, GRACE project organised eight thematic webinars to share their findings and address different topics related to GRACE, inviting internal and external experts.
TRANSFORM at GRACE final webinars
TRANSFORM partners took part in the webinar series sharing their work, knowledge and lessons learned. Missed it? Do not worry, recordings of the GRACE webinar sessions are now available.
Making the case for public engagement
Marzia Mazzonetto (BE participation), Brussels-Capital cluster leader and coordinator of shared learning activities, presented TRANSFORM’s experience in the Brussels-Capital region and their citizen engagement activities in critical innovations in circular economy during the second webinar on ‘Making the case for public engagement’, which took place on 2 November from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Marzia Mazzonetto, co-founder of BE participation and StickyDot, together with Laurène Cheilan (Bristol University and co-founder of CultureInstable) and Dr Maud Radstake (Utrecht University) discussed how value is created and demonstrated at different levels of actors involved to make a strong case for public engagement.
PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT: THE RESEARCH FUNDERS’ PERSPECTIVE
On 16 November, Rosa Arias (Science for Change) took part in the fourth GRACE webinar on Public Engagement: The research funders’ perspective. Rosa, a CEO and Founder of Science for Change, presented their work and the activities of TRANSFORM’s Catalan regional cluster, which experiments with citizen science in two pilot projects on municipal waste management and care for people suffering from endometriosis. Through its activities, Science for Change aims to bring science closer to society and inform public policies. Together with Cédric Verstraete from Innoviris and Jean-Paul Bertemes from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), the webinar explored the perspective of research funders on public engagement, touching both on their responsibilities and initiatives in this area, and the expectations they have of the applicants and the research they fund.