Citizen engagement TRANSFORMing regional R&I policy making

The video takes you through the three-year journey of the TRANSFORM project. Get to know more about the project activities, results and impact in three regions. 

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Presentation of TRANSFORM activities organised in Brussels-Capital region, aimed at introducing citizen engagement practices in the regional governance of research and innovation.


Lombardy Region commits to render S3 more inclusive and transparent, ensuring that citizens’ voices are heard, and opinions are taken into account in setting up key regional R&I policies (participatory research and innovation agenda setting).

TRANSFORM capacity building library

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

Date: 16 March 2022
Organiser: Science for Change (SfC)
Speaker: Louise Francis, Co-founder and Managing Director of Mapping for Change 

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. 

SESSION NO. 4: Participative innovation Agenda Settings

Date: 15 June 2022
Organiser: Giannino Bassetti Foundation (FGB)
Speaker: Simon Burall, Senior Associate at Involve and member of the TRANSFORM Advisory Board (Participatory Research Agenda Setting Advisor, Lombardy Cluster)

Description: In this session, Simon Burall introduces participatory innovation agenda setting, providing an extensive overview of the definitions, scopes, and methods at the basis of public deliberation for policy making. The presentation also includes a set of case studies on deliberative engagement that put citizens at the heart of decision-making. Simon has long and extensive experience in the fields of democratic reform, open government, public participation, stakeholder engagement, accountability and transparency, scientific and technology innovation and organisational change. 

SESSION NO. 5: Social innovation, participation and local development

Date: 15 November 2022
Organiser: La plateforme belge pour la participation citoyenne (BE Participation)
Speaker: Anna Meroni, Deputy Dean of the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano and the member of the TRANSFORM Advisory Board (Deisgn Thinking for Social Innovation, Brussels-Capital Cluster)

Description: In TRANSFORM’s last capacity building session Anna Meroni, Deputy Dean of the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano talks about her experiences with social innovation, participation and local development. After the explanations of the main concepts, she illustrates them with a number of inspiring practical examples. Make things happen – supporting communities, companies, organisations with design tools.

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