Presentation of TRANSFORM activities organised in Brussels-Capital region, aimed at introducing citizen engagement practices in the regional governance of research and innovation.
SESSION NO. 1: The methodology of the RRI Maturity Assessment at regional level: EU project MARIE
Date: 22 January 2021
Organiser: Science for Change (SfC)
Speaker: Giulia Bubbolini, member of the TRANSFORM Advisory Board and is COO at CISE – Centre for Innovation and Economic Development, Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Romagna, Italy
Description: The EU-funded MARIE project (MAinstreaming Responsible Innovation in European S3) has developed and performed an RRI Maturity assessment of 8 European regions. The assessment was designed and implemented to help partner regions assess their level of RRI maturity and identify their strengths and weaknesses in terms of RRI awareness and implementation. This capacity building session will look in depth at the practical aspects of developing the methodological approach for such assessment. The objective is to extract valuable knowledge and strategies that will help in the development of regionally co-created RRI evaluation tools in TRANSFORM.
SESSION NO. 2: Collaboration with civil society organisations for citizen engagement
Date: 17 June 2021
Organiser: La plateforme belge pour la participation citoyenne (BE Participation)
Speaker: Anna Paola Quaglia, Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission; Annelies Duerinckx, Coordinator of Scivil, the Flemish citizen science centre
Description: Within the second capacity building session, we explored the collaboration with civil society organisations for citizen engagement. Anna Paola Quaglia (JRC) presented the BiodiverCities, a project run by JRC which aims to enhance civil society participation in local and urban decision-making. In the second part of the session, Annelies Duerinckx presented the work of Scivil which promotes citizen science, brings stakeholders together and supports project initiators. As coordinator, Annelies advises the Flemish department of Economy, Science and Work on citizen science project grants, conducts surveys on citizen science in Flanders and expands the Scivil network.
SESSION NO. 3: Citizen science and collective mapping as innovative ways to engage the community in bigger national and global issues
Description: In this session, Louise Francis introduces citizen science and collective mapping as innovative ways to engage the community in bigger national and global issues, from main principles and typologies to case studies illustrating the practical use of citizen science. Louise has over 15 years of experience in working with communities and grass-roots organisations with a particular focus on justice, sustainability and community development, and she is a co-founder and managing director of Mapping for Change, a social enterprise owned by UCL London supporting sustainable communities through online mapping and Geographical Information Systems.