The ‘Science with and for Society’ programme is an instrumental in addressing the European societal challenges tackled by Horizon 2020, building capacities and developing innovative ways of connecting science to society. It will make science more attractive (notably to young people), increase society’s appetite for innovation, and open up further research and innovation activities. It allows all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organizations etc.) to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of European society. This approach to research and innovation is called Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
For researchers, who intend under Science with and for Society 2019 call for proposals to start building consortiums was in Brussels, 14 of December. Assoc. prof. dr. Daiva Šileikienė and vice dean dr. Aida Stiklienė represented our University at this event. it were possibilities to participate in short, sharp 20 minutes one-to-one meetings to foster effective networking and present, discuss and develop new project ideas at international level meet, take interest and relevance to members of the Science with and for Society research community who are looking for networking and funding opportunities within Horizon 2020. Members of our discussion were Noel Klima, research Coordinator at Ghent University Ghent, Belgium on consolidating and expanding the knowledge base on citizen science; Miguel Santos Professor/Researcher at in ED – Center for Research and Innovation in Education Porto, Portugal – open schooling and collaboration on science education.