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Debate Science! European Youth Parliaments

The Commission will support the final event of the 'Debate Science! European Student Parliaments'. This activity is in line with the main objectives of the Science with and for Society Programme and Responsible Research and Innovation policy (RRI), and in particular the main objectives of the science education as an integral part of the RRI policy : to build effective cooperation between science and society, to attract youth towards scientific studies and careers, to pair the interest of youth in science with social awareness and responsibility, and to help them to become more active citizens in the field of science. This activity also aligns with the overall objectives of ESOF 2018 to foster European dialogue on science and technology by engaging citizens, and in this case youth, to increase communication and cooperation between science and society. This activity enables to engage youth in debates about science and the solutions it can bring to the challenges European Society will face in the future (alongside of learning the democratic decision process).

'Debate Science! European Student Parliaments' is a unique opportunity for European youth to engage in debate on issues relating to science and technology with the help of scientists, and thus to provide insights on the views of youth on themes that will be of importance for future European research and innovation policy. The 'Debate Science! European Student Parliaments' held in Toulouse will be the culmination of a series of local debates carried out in Europe by students at the secondary level of education in different Member States. It consists of a series of events during the period of two years, the final event during the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) in July 2018 in Toulouse, France.

This action allows for the provision of financial support to third parties in line with the conditions set out in Part K of the General Annexes.

Expected impact: The impact of this action is important at the national level as well as at European and international levels, given that the activity will take place during the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) 2018 in Toulouse. This action will raise awareness among the general public of the importance of science education and on the need to attract youth to scientific careers, especially young girls, in this case through informal science education activities, as part of the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross cutting issue for Horizon 2020 and in the context of European Research Area (ERA).

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders is excluded from the delegation to REA and will be managed by the Commission services.

This grant will be awarded without call for proposals in line with Article 190(1)(e) of the Rules of applications of Regulation (EU, Euratom) 966/2012, Regulation No 1268/2012 and Article 11(2) of the Rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"", Regulation (EU) No 1290/2013