Why did we create the EUSEA Science Engagement Platform?

It is a good question, there are plenty of other platforms online which strive to provide science communication and public engagement practioners with resources to help faciliate event planning and public outreach. Many of which are friends of EUSEA, which we recomend that you check out (we have included a number of links to some fantastic examples in our resource section of the website).

So… why are we here?

To learn from one another!

The value of this platform comes from you! Our EUSEA network! A collection of researchers, festival organisers, public speakers from all across Europe, all with different experiences and expertise. The value of this platform come from you all and your contributions. You are the people who have conducted these events, seen them work first hand, who better to hear from?

It is our aim to create a sense of community, where ideas can be shared and workshoped to meet your needs. Through a process of continously updates, check-ins and online workshops and events, we will make sure that this platform is fit for purpose in the new normal we find ourselves in today. And a such, we make the following pledges to you:

  • 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.
  • 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.