There is a growing acceptance worldwide that engaging citizens in dialogue about issues that affect them improves the quality, legitimacy and sustainability of policy and decision making. In response policy makers, academics, civil society groups and public authorities are increasingly looking to involve the public in addressing some of the grand challenges of our time – from climate change to tightening supplies of energy, water and food, to balancing individual freedoms with international security concerns. Tackling these matters will undoubtedly require new scientific and technical innovations, advances that will potentially have profound ethical, social and practical implications for individuals, communities and nations. In this context developing systems that can bring the differing perspectives, views and values of the public into these debates becomes even more important than ever.
This e-anthology sets out to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of effective engagement around scientific research and technological innovation. Aiming to foster the spread of good practice across Europe it includes:
[i] Engage2020, funded (FP7) by the European Commission (DG Research and Innovation), brought together 7 international research partners, including Involve, to explore how members of the public have been engaged in science policy and research across Europe to date and how this involvement could be enhanced in the future.
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