Periodic Reporting for period 1 - QUEST (QUality and Effectiveness in Science and Technology communication)
Reporting period: 2019-02-01 to 2019-10-31
(i) consolidating the partnership: given the strong multidisciplinary nature of the consortium, we worked to strengthen a cooperative partners team, facilitating the dialogue and promoting interpartners activities: project meetings and regular skype calls; multidisciplinary presence in the events; joint submission to conferences and events.
(ii) setting up the main implementation tools of the project including internal working tools among the partners to guarantee a smooth implementation of the project, e.g. common working platforms (drive, slack …), management guidelines, set up of communication team.
(iii) definition and setting up of communication and dissemination tools including plan, website, social media, identification of key events and scientific journals, for an effective communication and dissemination of the project.
(iv) building a science communication community around QUEST through the identification of key stakeholders and the setting up of an Advisory Board, Stakeholder Group, Guidelines for QUEST Stakeholder Engagement approach , communication and dissemination plan and social media activity, QUEST participation in a high number of events, high number of already implemented co-design activities, QUEST connections with EU funded projects.
(v) all WPs have been kicked off, starting in advance some of the activities exploiting cross-cutting activities and multi-focus events.
QUEST, supporting quality science communication in general and in all the three modes of communication considered, will facilitate and open a fluent uptake of scientific knowledge by society. In particular, the project will contribute to making R&I more open under several dimensions, through:
• applying in its own practice open data e open access policies, in order to make the project’s results and data fully open and available to the public;
• making science more understandable and closer to citizens, through tools (guidance, KPIs) able to guarantee its quality, and therefore providing citizens with more reliable information and enhanced awareness to participate in the debate on science and technology, research and innovation.
QUEST has already developed its Data Management Plan and set up its Research Data Repository to make the project research results open and accessible to any user. The development of general KPIs has already started through codesign workshops.
Moreover, QUEST will act on governance, sensitizing it and providing guidelines on what incentives they can provide for supporting quality science communication, that includes the uptake of RRI as a basis for quality of research results to be communicated. QUEST will also produce educational toolkits for different targets (scientists, journalists, social media content managers, museum explainers) and a curriculum for master level journalist students on how to communicate research results to the wide public and engage citizens in S&T debate. The exchange with key stakeholders to identify current obstacles and possible incentives has already started though codesign workshops, interviews and surveys. The same are the basis also of the development of the toolkits.