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A new webpage (in Italian) on TRANSFORM is online on the Lombardy Region’s “Open Innovation” portal, the platform devoted to inform and connect local research and innovation quadruple-helix actors.

In Lombardy, the goal of TRANSFORM is to support the regional government in identifying research and innovation citizens’ needs from the voice of the inhabitants. In fact, citizens’ priorities will be emerged from a participatory and deliberative process led by Giannino Bassetti Foundation with the support of Lombardy Region and Finlombarda.

The results of the process will be integrated in the definition of regional research and innovation strategies and, more specifically, in the preparation of the Three Years Strategic Plan for Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer (PST) 2021-2023, the document that defines the regional priorities in these areas for the next three years.

The new Open Innovation webpage will accompany the whole participatory and deliberative process carried out in Lombardy in the framework of TRANSFORM, so as to guarantee information transparency by providing citizens and interested stakeholders with an overview of the project and regular updates on the public engagement path.

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Research and innovation (R&I) play a crucial role in addressing global challenges. To build a more just, inclusive and responsible future, the needs, expectations and values of citizens should be taken into account from an early stage on. Citizen participation has received increasing attention in recent years at European, national and regional level. 

Although not widespread in Italy, the Lombardy Region is one of the pioneers of citizen participation in regional R&I decision-making, including the pilot actions within the TRANSFORM project. TRANSFORM’s Lombardy regional cluster has already finalized the embedding of RRI in the objectives of S3 so that citizen engagement will be  widely applied in the implementation of S3 throughout its duration. A participatory research agenda setting is being tested on the ground to identify and incorporate the needs of Lombardy citizens into the regional Three Years’ Strategic Plan for Research, Innovation, and Technology Transfer (PST).

Read the full article ‘Give citizens a seat at the table’,  co-authored by the TRANSFORM Project Coordinator, Angela Simone (Fondazione Giannino Bassetti) on citizen engagement and social innovation and their potential to shape the future of R&I in Italy.

The article was recently published in Nature Italy, the regional digital magazine, published by Springer Nature, reporting on scientific research and issues of science policy in Italy.

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The month of April saw the launch of two citizen science pilots in Catalonia. Thanks to citizen participation, these pilots aim to generate scientific evidence that will inform public policies and their better alignment with societal needs. 

Pilot 1. Citizen science for the co-design and implementation of an “interactive waste game” that contributes to improving the selective collection of municipal waste.

The first pilot, developed in the municipality of Mollet del Vallès, addresses  a local challenge to increase and improve waste separation at source. 

The first phase of the pilot is based on the co-creation of an “Interactive waste game” that will bring together the knowledge and skills of local citizens and students of Master‘s degrees from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This interactive game will then be used as a citizen science tool to:

  • raise awareness on negative impacts of waste on health and the environment;
  • collect data on citizens behaviours, attitudes, habits, perceptions and preferences towards waste management; 
  • identify barriers for the implementation of improved waste collection systems.

The collected data will help design the new waste management contract as well as the municipality’s waste innovation public procurement project.

Pilot 2. Endometriosis in the first person: participatory research on experiences, assessments and needs of people with endometriosis

The second pilot is developed together with Sant Pau Hospital and the Catalan Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation (AQuAS) to tackle the invisibility, under-diagnosis and lack of research into endometriosis, a condition affecting people worldwide of which the exact cause still remains unknown. 

The first phase of the pilot will consist of collecting information from a wide and diverse range of people suffering from endometriosis. The collected data will gather  first-hand experiences of people with this condition and their assessment of and needs for diagnostic, care, support services and resources, all this feeding a policy brief addressed to policy makers and healthcare staff and officials with a view to improving care and support services for patients with endometriosis.

The second phase of the pilot will bring together women and healthcare professionals in a co-creation exercise of a tool designed to improve self-awareness of one’s body and early diagnosis of the disease.

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EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 872687. This website reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
Project Coordinator: Angela Simone Fondazione Giannino Bassetti angela.simone@fondazionebassetti.org
 
contact: info@transfrom-project.eu