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Big Picnic:Big Questions - engaging the public with Responsible Research and Innovation on Food Security

Objective

Ensuring the availability of and access to sufficient safe and nutritious food is a key priority that impacts all EU citizens and Horizon 2020 has therefore identified food security as one of the major challenges to be addressed. BGCI, an international network organisation will work with botanic gardens, experienced informal science centres with research expertise in food and food plants, alongside other key organisations to implement the BigPicnic project. This project builds, through the co-creation approach and public debate, public understanding of food security issues and enables adults and young people across Europe and in Africa to debate and articulate their views on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in this field to their peers, scientists and policy makers.
The project involves the delivery of low-cost, co-created outreach exhibitions on food security, using the metaphor of a picnic basket; the exhibition will include information, activities and participatory events that engage a broad range of target audiences (adults, schoolchildren and families). Building on audience engagement and data captured from these initial, locally held, exhibitions, the project will run science cafés in publicly accessible and informal engagement areas as well as in botanic gardens, again capturing public views on RRI and food security. The final phase of the project will consolidate the findings of the public engagement to produce two key publications, a report articulating public opinion and recommendations for RRI on food security and a co-creation toolkit that will build capacity for engagement in further science institutions across the EU. A number of case studies on RRI will be provided to support the EU RRI toolkit currently under construction. It is expected that the project evaluation will show organisational learning and change amongst partner institutions. Partners will go on to disseminate training and promotion of RRI for future public engagement.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture

Call for proposal

H2020-ISSI-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL LBG
Address
Kew Road 199 Descanso House
TW9 3BW Richmond
United Kingdom
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 405 372,50

Participants (18)

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 300 468,75
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 184 610
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENTSCHAP PLANTENTUIN MEISE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 169 735
Address
Nieuwelaan 38
1860 Meise
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAAG SOCIETY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 166 500
Address
Nieuwmarkt 4
1012 CR Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
COMUNE DI BERGAMO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 166 781,25
Address
Piazza Matteotti 27
24122 Bergamo
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 164 031,25
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 131 991,25
Address
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28
00 927 Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 146 562,50
Address
Alameda Da Universidade
1649 004 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ELLINIKOS GEORGIKOS ORGANISMOS - DIMITRA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 150 710
Address
Kourtidou 56-58
11145 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOFIA UNIVERSITY ST KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 126 362,50
Address
Bul Tzar Osvoboditel 15
1504 Sofia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 337,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 156 337,50
Address
Plaza De San Diego
28801 Alcala De Henares/madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LANDESHAUPTSTADT HANNOVER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 716,25
Address
Trammplatz 2
30159 Hannover
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 157 716,25
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WISSENSCHAFTSLADEN BONN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 173 081,25
Address
Reuterstrasse 157
53113 Bonn
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 195 718,75
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TOORO BOTANICAL GARDENS
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 140 328,75
Address
Plot 6 Njara Road
4256 Fort Portal
Activity type
Other
ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 178 406,25
Address
Inverleith Row 20A
EH3 5LR Edinburgh
Activity type
Research Organisations