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ENGAGE2020 — Result In Brief

Project ID: 612281
Funded under: FP7-SIS
Country: Denmark

Societal engagement in research and innovation

An EU-funded project has helped to increase the use of public engagement methods and policies in research and innovation.
Societal engagement in research and innovation
Awareness about the benefits of engaging society in matters related to European research and innovation needs to be raised at all levels. Currently, most engagement practices at universities are conducted in social sciences. However, public engagement needs to take place in other research areas as well.

Mapping and exploring how, where and why society can be more engaged in research and innovation was the aim of ENGAGE2020 (Engaging society in Horizon 2020). This involved an overview of current and potential policies, instruments and practices in Horizon 2020 for engagement of society in research, innovation and related activities. The second half of the project focused on communicating the potential of public engagement and ways in which it can be improved.

The consortium comprised six European partners from research institutions, universities and civil society organisations. Results included reports, an overview of the reasoning behind engaging society in research and an anthology e-book, which provides an easy-to-read introduction to engagement in research and innovation. Dissemination of results also took place via workshops, policy briefs, conferences and webinars.

Promoting interdisciplinary, problem-oriented and community-related research in academia will help diffuse the practice of public engagement to all disciplines. More information about the project, official reports and small articles can be found on the project website.

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Research and innovation, engaging society, ENGAGE2020, Horizon 2020, public engagement, societal engagement, capacity building, mainstreaming engagement, community-related research
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