Engaging the public with the scientific process in science engagement organisations

September 2, 2020 10:15 - 11:45

Location: Virtual Room 1


In a time when facts and reliance on science are under pressure, it is vital to engage the public with science, not only its results but its process. Studies show that communicating only the results of science is not sufficient to help people differentiate facts from beliefs. Over the years, the science engagement field has developed innovative approaches of citizens participation in the scientific process with multi-faceted types of interactions. New models of collaboration between professional science mediators, citizens and researchers have been and continue to be explored with the aim of bridging these communities. In this session, five science engagement practitioners will share experiences from different countries and types of organisations on how to engage citizens with science "in the making":

- In the Netherlands, an example from a university that decided to rethink its museum from a science museum to a research museum whose focus will no longer be on the results, but on the process of science.

- A science engagement agency that coordinates the European Researchers' Night in Italy seeing it as a lab to shape the collaboration between the research community, the science engagement professionals and the citizens fostering mutual collaborations among them.

- A Natural History Museum in Spain, gathering researchers, citizens and science mediators during BioBlitz events which allow a unique experience for the public to take part in a research project.

- A view from a European science engagement organisations network on how to meaningfully engage with citizens in the upcoming next big research and innovation Missions proposed by the European Commission.

- In Paris, France, one of the oldest institutions of science communication is being renovated: the new Palais de la découverte will reopen in the summer of 2024 with a much stronger focus on contemporary research and offering a broad vision of how science is made today.  "

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