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What Sparks recommends to policy makers

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For the last three years, Sparks has been travelling to 29 countries around Europe, its activities carried out by as many local organisers and their 200 local partners, its exhibition Beyond the Lab visited by more than 1 million citizens. While this pan-European experience is coming to an end in July 2018, we put forward five key policy recommendations to shake up science and society relations, engaging citizens in research and innovation.

Sparks' set of recommendations provides suggestions of concrete actions which are based on the project pan-European experience, feedback from  partners and citizens who took part in the project's activities.


European, national and regional policymakers are invited to reflect on how they can integrate recommendations into policy and implement them on the ground.

The recommendations were drafted by the Sparks consortium and validated by 150 participants of the project's final Forum on 4 May 2018.

They embrace the RRI values, with a particular focus on inclusive engagement as a central means of ensuring that societal voices are represented within the research and innovation process.

 

SPARKS POLICY RECOMMENDATION 1: INSPIRE
Create inspiring contexts and opportunities to stimulate citizens’ desire to engage in science.

SPARKS POLICY RECOMMENDATION 2: DIVERSIFY
Broaden citizen participation, including hard-to-reach, diverse and marginalised groups by fostering new, innovative collaborations among stakeholders that do not typically engage in research and innovation.

SPARKS POLICY RECOMMENDATION 3: EMBED
Encourage and incentivise organisations, networks and individuals to embed public engagement into their policies and practices.

SPARKS POLICY RECOMMENDATION 4: MAXIMIZE
Exploit and maximise the existing dynamics and resources of science museums, science centres, science Shops and other such institutions as spaces for public engagement and citizen science.

SPARKS POLICY RECOMMENDATION 5: DEMONSTRATE
Assess the impact of public engagement within open science on societal and individual levels by appropriate indicators
 

Download the Sparks Policy Recommendations below

Events date: 
Monday, June 18, 2018