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Promoting Societal Engagement in Research and Innovation

Optimat is a partner in the EU-funded project PROSO that is studying the barriers and incentives for citizens to participate in such engagement exercises.


 

Engaging citizens in decisions regarding future research programmes is a key element of responsible research and innovation (RRI).  Optimat is a partner in the EU-funded project PROSO that is studying the barriers and incentives for citizens to participate in such engagement exercises.

We are speaking with representatives of civil society and non-governmental organisations to learn more about their experiences of such engagement exercises as part of RRI, as well as organising workshops with ordinary citizens to learn more about what would motivate (or  discourage) people to contribute to research and innovation agendas.  We are looking at three broad areas of research and innovation: nanotechnology, food & health, and the bio-economy.

At the end of PROSO we will deliver a policy and practice guide for advancing the use of inclusive participatory approaches in research and innovation.  This will support the activities of public agencies delivering research and innovation programmes to engage more effectively with wider society.

To learn more about PROSO and its objectives please have a look at our short and informative video or download our newsletter.

PROSO is financed by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement no 665947, and runs from January 2016 to February 2018.

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