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SHAring Researchers’ Passion for Enhanced Roadmaps - The European Researchers’ Night in Italy 2022-2023

Project description

Italian European Researchers’ Night to share passions and visions for the future

Researchers are increasingly engaging citizens in their work and roadmaps – the steps needed for new or improved products, services, technologies and living conditions in general. Getting citizens to share researchers’ passion for the process essentially renders them ‘travel mates’. The EU-funded project SHARPER will contribute to this approach and sentiment for European Researchers’ Night 2022-2023. It will support the engagement of key actors across Italy to come together in activities focused on the five missions of Horizon Europe. Project work will leverage a diverse network of academic, industry and civil society stakeholders and envisions the development of creative online content and common strategies for researcher training.


SHARPER brings together young generations, citizens, and researchers to develop roadmaps to a better and desirable future. Researchers are passionate about future, and they constantly design, adapt and implement roadmaps to contribute to build it. This process increasingly involves young generations and citizens at large and make researchers and citizens “travel mates”. Curiosity driven choices and social needs together mould researchers’ agendas and generate roadmaps that need to be constantly enhanced to effectively tackle new challenges. Researchers are increasingly at the heart of this process and the acronym SHARPER – SHAring Researchers’ Passion for Enhanced Roadmaps describes their attitude to constantly evolve action plans to be key players within the society. SHARPER 2022 and 2023 will let citizens and researchers share this endeavour through engaging activities focused on the 5 missions of the Horizon Europe work programme. SHARPER involves 14 cities in 8 regions across Italy: Ancona, Camerino, Cagliari, Catania, Genoa, Macerata, L'Aquila, Nuoro, Palermo, Pavia, Perugia, Sassari, Terni and Trieste through a diverse network of 9 consortium partners including Universities, Research Institutions, Museums, Social Enterprises and more than 200 stakeholders from the civil society, the cultural creative world, industry, research and education. A special collaboration is developed with the Education National System through association of teachers and regional educational offices. The project will consolidate and innovate the experience developed over the last 9 years triggering researchers’ and citizens’ engagement across Italy. SHARPER has a solid European dimension through a collaboration with 7 ERNs in 7 countries to develop creative online contents and formats, common strategies on impact assessment and researchers’ trainings. SHARPER also collaborates with other Nights in Italy to share ideas, communication and awareness actions.


Net EU contribution
€ 348 000,00
Via sandro penna 22
06132 Perugia

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Centro (IT) Umbria Perugia
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Other funding
€ 0,00

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