The goals of the new EUSEA Science Engagement Platform were defined in a collaborative process, uniting experts from the EU projects NUCLEUS and SUSTAIN, along with qualified EUSEA members. The partners agreed upon the following characteristics to make the platform unique and practical for professional users:

  • The EUSEA Science Engagement Platform will serve Public Engagement professionals, across Europe and beyond. To provide inspiration, resources, methods and tools needed for running participatory, dialogue-oriented engagement activities in various institutional and national contexts.
  • As a continuous work in progress, this new platform will unite and showcase inspiring and innovative ways to engage different publics with science. With a particular focus on actively involving citizens and stakeholders in research and innovation processes.
  • The platform will have a clear European perspective while being open to engagement formats from other countries: “European but Open to the World” will be the motto of this platform.
  • While there are several national Public Engagement platforms, there is until today no European version, compiling European examples, related to European concepts of Research and Innovation.


  • The platform will relate to European values and the European Innovation Model, which is human-centric and focuses on both socio-economic and social innovation.


  • The platform will reference and link to strategic approaches to engagement such as the Quadruple Helix Model, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Open Innovation Framework, and the new concept of Mission-Oriented Research, which will be at the heart of HORIZON Europe.

Inspirations and Resources of the EUSEA Science Engagement Platform

  “Living RRI”: Uptakes from the NUCLEUS Project
A large number of activities shared in this platform was inspired by the HORIZON 2020 project NUCLEUS (, 2014-2019). Many examples are derived from a series of so-called Mobile Nuclei – modular approaches to facilitate and broaden the uptake of Responsible Research and Innovation, RRI.
RRI focuses on engaging citizens and their representative institutions as active agents to solve societal challenges. Enabling easier access to scientific information and data, so a diverse range of stakeholders can participate in immersive discussions on scientific developments, this idea is one of the central cores for an RRI approach.

RRI processes aim to include actors from society, research, industry, policy and education into science and research processes. The goal is to maximise the impact of R+I processes by fostering collaborative forms of knowledge generation and transfer.

The NUCLEUS project aimed to find out how research can better relate and respond to societal needs and challenges. 21 “Mobile Nuclei” advocated for new ways of communicating scientific research, not only by sharing results of research and innovation but by involving a wide range of stakeholders in the discussions of how and why research is conducted. This is the prolific ground in which the Mobile Nuclei took place.

The host organisations were of different kinds: universities, NGOs, science centres or municipalities. Mobile Nuclei were advised to follow the NUCLEUS Project approach of interrelatedness and reflect the RRI concept in the context of research and its relations with various stakeholders.

The following five goals are  considered as guiding principles of the Embedded Nuclei:

  1. Build institutionalised bridges between the research community and different stakeholders
  2. Catalyse ongoing debates about the role of research in open societies
  3. Develop, nurture and support new forms of transdisciplinary research
  4. Question and redefine prevailing notions about science agents and recipients
  5. Stimulate co-responsibility in all actors involved in the process of research and innovation

Mobile Nuclei formats were co-defined in a collaborative process involving the NUCLEUS partners and other host organisations. The “Mobile Nuclei Menu” consisted of 7 formats that help to invite different partners and addressing new audiences. The format, the content and the participants varied depending on the needs and individual profiles and contexts of each host. All Mobile Nuclei took place between November 2017 and July 2019.


  The EUSEA White Book

The European Science Engagement Platform includes recommendations that were once compiled in the EUSEA White Book.
In 2005 this publication was compiled by engaged and experienced EUSEA members, aiming to:
  • assess the state of the art of Science Communication Events (SCEs) in Europe
  • summarize strategies on how to start new SCEs
  • structure recommendations on how to improve existing SCEs
  • collect “best practices” and valuable ideas
  • enhance the Science Communication Event community in Europe
The White Book Inputs have been refreshed with new formats and toolkits that have been developed by sister institutions or EU Projects relevant to the field.