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A EUSEA/Intersections Hotpot!

What’s on the Menu?

Are you a passionate science communicator or public engagement practitioner eager to bring your innovative ideas to life? Are you seeking financial support to propel your projects to new heights? Look no further! We are thrilled to bring to you our next joint EUSEA and Intersections HotPot, where we will discuss “How to Write a Successful EU Grant Proposal “, an engaging and informative chat, to help equip you all with the essential knowledge and skills to secure EU funding for your public engagement initiatives, from those who are in the know.

Book your seat at the table:

Date: 30th August 2023

Time: 13:00 – 14:30 CEST

Whose in the kitchen?

Dr Edward Duca – Public Engagement Lead, University of Malta

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Edward Duca is a Science and Innovation Communication Lecturer at the University of Malta, co-runs the science communication STEAM Summer School, is involved in several large EU-funded projects, and has created and managed several science communication events through the NGO the Malta Chamber of Scientists. The largest activity is the national science and arts festival Science in the City attracting 6% of Malta’s population annually. He’s been appointed as Rector’s Delegate for STEM Popularisation (Engagement), on Malta’s National STEM Engagement Working Group and EUSEA board member. His aim is to continue developing transdisciplinary research and activities to develop evidence for the effective communication of research that will encourage a scientifically aware society leading towards an informed democracy and active citizenship. He wants to embed a culture of public engagement and research that benefits society. He wants to empower people to improve their communities.

Specialties: Science Communication practice and research, Innovation Communication, Responsible Research and Innovation, Science Writing, Project Management, Science and Arts Transdiciplinary Practice, Impact Evaluation, Genetics, Ideas, Editing.


Dr Kirsi Pulkkinen – RDI chains, ecosystem development and evaluation, co-creation, and cross-sectoral facilitation – Gaia Consulting

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Kirsi Pulkkinen works as a Leading Consultant at Gaia Consulting in Finland, where she focuses particularly on research and innovation policies, evaluations and RDI ecosystem development. During her career she has also worked as a researcher and RDI specialist at several universities, communication and public engagement expert, civil servant on issues related to research and civil society collaboration and as Secretary General for the Finnish Science Centre Association. She has several years of experience in doing evaluations for the EU Commission on grant applications as well as their mid-term and final evaluations. Kirsi holds a PhD in higher education studies from the University of Lapland and a MSc in political science from Uppsala University. She’s a keen believer in learning-oriented dialogue across professional and sectoral boundaries.

Andrew Thompson Public Engagement Office Manager – Science and Technology Facilities Council (UKRI)

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Andrew Thompson is Public Engagement Office Manager at the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UKRI. He manages several high-profile funding schemes from conception to the awarding process, to final reporting.

Moderated by:

Dr Kenneth Skeldon – Research Engagement Manager, University of Glasgow

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Ken Skeldon is the Research Engagement Manager at the University of Glasgow and the current Vice President of EUSEA. He has worked in public engagement for over 20 years in a variety of settings including universities/research organisations, science centres, and museums. Ken is particularly interested in the institutional cultures, conditions, and contexts that help engaged research to thrive and how the sector can better recognise and value progressive approaches to collaboration.

What you can bring to the table? 

We look forward to hearing about your experiences or any questions you may have on how to write an EU grant proposal, we would love to hear your stories, both your successes and any roadblocks you may have faced.

Take a seat at the table and get a taste of how to transform your science communication ideas into reality.

Make your reservation for this HotPot!

An email with the zoom link and a event reminder will be timely provided.

This Hot Pot is brought to you by the Berlin School of Public Engagement, the INTERSECTIONS Science Festival, and the European Science Engagement Association.