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 (http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm?pg=home&video=none)

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

More Information

It's difficult to have a measured conversation about open access — the term widely used to refer to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals. People who believe that free and unrestricted access to peer-reviewed journal articles will undermine the viability of scholarly journal publishing disagree sharply with those who believe that only open access can expedite research advances and ensure the availability of that same scholarly literature. Arguments for and against open access tend to focus on implementation details, ignoring the powerful motivations underlying the phenomenon.

For more information:

Science in Society Portal: Open Access
European Commission

Scientific data: open access to research results will boost Europe's innovation capacity
European Commission

For the Sake of Inquiry and Knowledge — The Inevitability of Open Access
Ann J. Wolpert, M.L.S.
N Engl J Med 2013; 368:785-787February 28, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1211410
Research results: public good or not?
All research builds on former work and depends on scientists' possibilities to access and share scientific information. The advent of the internet and electronic publishing has resulted in unprecedented possibilities for the dissemination and exchange of information. The argument that the results of publicly funded research should be freely available has been adopted by researchers, research institutions, and funding entities. Yet the discussion on how to implement the transition towards a more open world is on-going.
We want to hear your opinion and ideas.
* a) Do you think the results of publicly funded research should be considered a public good?
* b) Which of the following options best describes the way you believe access to the results of research should be regulated?

* c) Do you think access to scientific information should be more open?

* d) Would you read research articles if they were easily available for free?

* e) On a scale of one to ten, how important is research and scientific information to you as a citizen?
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