Special Initiative for Citizen Engagement

“Citizens have a right - and are expected - to be involved in the crucial decisions of what their futures will look like and how science and technology can contribute to its betterment”1
        
As outlined in the framework for Responsible, Research and Innovation (RRI), the grand  challenges facing society will have a better chance of being tackled if all relevant actors are fully engaged in the co-construction of innovative solutions, products and services. Thus RRI is being developed in order to foster the creation of a research and innovation policy driven by the needs of society and engaging all actors via inclusive participatory approaches.

The Special Initiative for Citizen Contribution promoted by Atomium Culture aims to assess how media can engage the public at large in a two-way dialogue about science-related issues in order to develop a more participatory way to develop science policy at European level.

The results of the Initiative will be submitted to the European Commission and they will support as a contribution to the preparation of the topics of the first call for proposals of Horizon 2020 (notably the 'Engagement' part of the challenge 'Inclusive, Innovative and Secure Societies' in the Commission's proposal (former SiS))”.

For more information about Horizon 2020

For more information about Responsible Research and Innovation

For more information about Atomium Culture

 


1. Report of an Expert Group to the European Commission, The Role of Community Research Policy in the Knowledge-based Economy, p. 37

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Women continue to be under-represented in research at a time when Europe needs more researchers to foster innovation and bolster its economy. IN Europe. women represent only 33% of researchers, 20% of full professors and 15.5 % of heads of institutions in the Higher Education sector. The under-representation of women becomes even more striking in fields such as science and engineering.

 
For more information about current debates:
 
Gender and Research (DG RTD European Commission) (http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/index.cfm?fuseaction=public.topic&id=1297)
 
She Figures 2012
(http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/she-figures-2012_en.pdf)
 
Gender equality in ERA
(http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/gender-equality-and-gender-mainstreaming_en.htm)
 
Structural change in research institution report
(http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/structural-changes-final-report_en.pdf)
 
From Gender and Research (DG RTD European Commission)
Every 3 years, the European Commission publishes the She Figures, a report which presents a set of key indicators essential to understand the situation of women in science not only in the 27 EU Countries but also in Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.
 
On 17th July 2012, the European Commission outlined measures in its Communication on the European Research Area, to improve gender equality and gender mainstreaming in research, in order to end the waste of talents.
Is it more difficult for women in science?
Women continue to be under-represented in research at a time when Europe needs more researchers to foster innovation and bolster its economy. In Europe, women represent only 33% of researchers, 20% of full professors and 15.5 % of heads of institutions in the Higher Education sector. The under-representation of women is even more prominent in fields such as mathematics and engineering.
* a) How much do you feel that your gender has influenced your professional life?
* b) Why do you think fewer women choose careers in science?
* c) How do you think science as a career could be made more attractive for women?
* d) Why do you think it is important for more women to engage in science careers?
* e)  What is your age?
* f) What gender are you?