We see ourselves as a knowledge-sharing platform, striving to accelerate innovation in different fields of society. Our spirit is in constant expansion: We believe that good ideas and enthusiasm are contagious. We stand for societies involved in their scientific advances, who care for knowledge as one crucial path to make a better living on this planet.

EUSEA is an international knowledge-sharing platform and accelerator of innovation in the fields of public engagement. The association addresses experts involved in the design, organisation and implementation of public engagement activities across Europe. EUSEA is an active consortium member in projects funded by the European Commission and supports partners in European funding policies.

 In times of rapid changes in scientific institutions and society at large, science festivals and public engagement activities offer much more than “edutainment”. Collaboratively designed events can build bridges – between science and society, researchers and citizens, policy makers and innovators.

The formats are as diverse as the institutions behind them: All across Europe you will find Science Festivals, Researchers’ Nights, Science Parliaments or Maker Faires, organized by universities, municipalities, science centers or cultural institutions. Many such events have evolved all over Europe: from Slovenia to Sweden, from Portugal to Poland, from Israel to Iceland – and more are on the way.

EUSEA initiates and supports many of these activities as a strong partner striving to develop science festivals and public engagement formats that make an impact across Europe.

Join us – and receive impulses for your work from an open community of experts!

Meet us

Cissi Billgren Askwall, Sweden

PRESIDENT

Secretary General of VA (Public & Science)

Cissi Askwall is Secretary General of Vetenskap & Allmänhet (VA), a Swedish non-profit association promoting dialogue between the public and researchers. VA runs Science Communication and Public Engagement activities, and conduct studies and surveys investigating different aspects of the science – society interface. Cissi Askwall has been the coordinator of the European Researchers’ Night events taking place in some 30 cities all over Sweden, initiated the annual Swedish Researchers’ Grand Prix Science Communication contest that is broadcast on national TV, and worked with numerous Citizen Science initiatives and EU-funded Science with and for Society projects. She is a member of a number of expert groups and advisory boards, and also involved in national and international advocacy work to make research more open, inclusive and engaging to citizens, strengthen Public Engagement and encourage political decisions to be informed by research.

Dr. Annette Klinkert, Germany

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

CEO of city2science, Germany

Annette Klinkert is EUSEA Director since 2016. With a professional background in city management, she founded city2science – Science Communication and Strategy Consulting in 2012. city2science facilitated and conceptualizes innovative communication approaches connecting scientific institutions with urban and regional development strategies. Annette Klinkert has initiated and organized a number of large-scale science communication formats across Germany, such as the science festivals GENIALE, WissensNacht Ruhr, FameLab Germany and MakerFaire Ruhr, and facilitates multi-stakeholder dialogues and co-creative innovation strategies such as Knowledge Metropolis Ruhr.

Edward Duca, Malta

BOARD MEMBER

Public Engagement Lead, University of Malta

Edward Duca is a science and innovation communication lecturer at the University of Malta and the Editor-in-Chief of the research magazine Think. He is founder of the national science and arts festival Science in the City, which attracts over 6% of the Maltese population every year. Edward Duca runs the EU-wide science communication summer school STEAM and a Science, Arts, Entrepreneurship course called SciCulture. He is coordinator and partner in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ projects, and has created and managed several innovative science communication events through the NGO the Malta Chamber of Scientists.

Kenneth Skeldon, UK

Board Member

Public Engagement Lead, Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, UK

Ken Skeldon is Head of Public Engagement at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire, UK. From 2008-2017 he was Head of Public Engagement, Festival and Events at the University Aberdeen, Scotland. Having worked in Glasgow Science Centre (2000 – 2001), Hunterian Museum (2004 – 2008) and as Chair of Board at Aberdeen Science Centre (2015 – 2017) he began his career as a researcher in physics, working on gravitational wave detection. Ken Skeldon
has been a UK NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Fellow (2005 – 2008) which catalysed his career transition from research to public engagement.

Aleksandra Drecun (RS)

Board Member

President of Intersection – Center for Science and Innovation, Belgrade

Drecun is the member of two EC DG Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 Program Committees: for “Strategic Configuration for the Implementation of H2020, with Science and Society” and for Societal Challenge 6 – “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies”, the member of the Helsinki Group (advisory body to the European Commission on Gender and Science) and the EC COST GenderSTE Management Committee. She also serves as a member of the Advisory Board on several H2020 projects. Aleksandra was the founding director of the Center for the Promotion of Science (2009-2015), where she managed projects in the field of RRI and Science with and for Society (FP7, H2020, Erasmus, Erasmus+, Creative Europe, Comenius, etc.).

Philipp Burkard, Switzerland

Treasurer

Director of  Science et Cité in Switzerland

Science et Cité is a network for science-society-dialogues, with a special focus on citizen science and dialogue-oriented formats of Science Communication.Philipp Burkard is a member of the Directors’ Board of the Swiss Academy of Sciences, as well as of other scientific and cultural associations in Switzerland. He is an experienced lecturer for science communication. Since 2016 he is a member of the Advisory Committee of Science Barometer Switzerland. Philipp has studied Humanities in Bern and Vienna and brings in professional experiences in the fields of science, education and culture.

EUSEA – the European Science Engagement Association – is a dynamic community and knowledge-sharing platform for all experts involved in the design, organisation and implementation of public engagement activities across Europe. Read more in the Eusea Statutes.