Concluding remarks

AuthorDelaney, Niamh; Tornasi, Zeno; Warin, Colombe
Since 2014, t he p rojects funded under ‘Science with and for Society’ contributed to its
primary aims set out in the EU Regulation establishing Horizon 2020, notably to
effectively build cooperation between science and society, recruit new talent for science
and pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility. 32
Engaging citizens is a priority across the European Commission and a key component
of Horizon Europe. Missions, constituted u nder Horizon Europe, provide a uni que
opportunity to test and refine me chanisms for consulting and engaging with citizens. Use
of citizens’ engagement for the definition and impl ementation of mi ssions under Horizon
Europe is crucial. Effective citizen engagement involves th ree stages of intervention:
communication and awareness raising; co-design and co-creation; and co-
Toolkits and guidelines produced by SwafS funded projects will be useful resources to
effectively implement these missions. In the near future, the EU-Citi zen.Science platform
will serve as the reference point for tools and guidelines, promising p ractices and
training modules on citizen science. The COVID-19 pan demic, which came to the fore in
March 2020 with Member States going into lockdown, resulting in citizens across the EU
being obliged to stay at home, there was an imminent need for effective online tools.
Many Sw afS projects adopted contingency measures including moving from physical to
virtual events and online activities.
Networking is key to ensure that projects learn from each other and build on existing
know-how. DG Research and Innovat ion and the REA organise thematic cluster events to
promote networki ng between projects and encourage sharing of best practices. Liaising
with other SwafS projects was formally encou raged in the 2018-2020 work programme
which foresees the inclusion of ‘additional dissemination obligations’ requiring consortia
to share their strategies and methodologies from the outset with a view to reaping the
full benefits of synergies. This grant condition was a key element in efforts to build a
knowledge and collaboration ecosystem. Project co-ordinators demonstrated strong
willingness to work together.
International cooperation is one of the priorities of Commissioner Gabriel. SwafS
projects have embraced international cooperation and involve partners from around the
Inclusiveness on al l levels underpins SwafS. We need science education for all, gender
equality in our organisations, ethi cs and integrity embedded in research, communication
we can trust, open science and ulti mately place citizens at the core to ensure excellent
Research and Innovation to tackle the challenges of today for a better future.
32 Regulation (EU) No 1291/2013 of the European Parliament and of th e Council establishing Horizon 2020

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