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The CIMULACT project demonstrates that up-stream engagement of citizens is possible and marks a shift in how research can be defined.
Thirty eight partners from thirty European countries, participants in the CIMULACT (Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020) project, met recently in Malta to discuss the future impact of citizens’ visions which were generated during workshops held in each country.
CIMULACT is funded by the European Commission and coordinated by The Danish Board of Technology Foundation in Copenhagen. It is composed of 29 partners from 30 European countries including Malta and it aims to bridge the gap between citizens and policy makers.
The project is based on the premise that open science is not just about making science available to people, it is also about engaging people in setting the direction for research. This was the core idea behind the project, which released 23 citizens’ based suggestions for Horizon 2020 topics during the meeting held at the University of Malta’s Valletta Campus.
The 23 topics address different challenges European citizens find in their everyday life and specify how research may address these challenges, e.g., how to ensure equal and holistic health services for all; how to develop evidence based personalized healthcare; how education can be a driver for social innovation and local development or how to achieve smarter consumption.
The CIMULACT Malta meeting discussed the future impact of the project. This should incorporate an increase in citizen participation as a source of information for research, the regular promotion of citizen feedback on projects and the increase of participatory practices. Lars Klüver, the project coordinator, strongly feels that similar activities that adopt a bottom-up approach could and should be implemented in all branches of the EU research system, ‘CIMULACT has accomplished something new, which already demarcates a shift in the view on how research can be defined.
Professor Ing. Saviour Zammit, Pro-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Malta, addressed participants at the meeting. He acknowledged the link between the visions, challenges and research scenarios that emerged from the project and the research priorities of the University of Malta and of the country.
'It is interesting to see that the future visions generated and prioritized by Maltese citizens clearly address some of the European Commission’s Grand Challenges, in particular those related to the environment, health and wellbeing', said Professor Sandra M. Dingli from The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta, who hosted the Malta meeting.
Three research scenarios generated and prioritized by the Maltese citizens are included as the three most popular research topics generated by the various citizens' workshops. These are: (1) At one with nature; (2) Access to equal and holistic health services and resources for all citizens and (3) Evidence based personalised healthcare. Education, transport and technology were amongst the concerns and visions which the Maltese citizens focussed upon.
One of the Maltese citizens stated: 'With education come healthier lifestyles.' Sustainable transport was a key issue as one of the visions expressed the desire for 'less traffic due to self-driving cars, higher use of scooters and bicycles.' Concerns related to technology emerged in the Malta workshops as one person stated that 'Technology is not completely at our service … What makes humans is not what humans make, and our creations should not become our creators.'
Between October 2015 and February 2016, workshops were held for 1500 citizens in the 30 participating countries, including Malta. The result was 170 visions which were later processed and clustered. Various meetings, an additional workshop in each country and a Pan European Conference, where experts and European Commission Programme Officers attended, were held. The 23 research topics and 40 policy recommendations emerged from the process. These reflect citizens' expectations, desires and concerns for the future of Europe and they are based on the topics which the European citizens raised.
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CIMULACT is a Horizon 2020 project with partners in 30 European countries.
You are invited to participate in the project’s online survey. This should take approximately 20 minutes. The survey allows you to voice your opinion on the direction of research scenarios for the future of Europe.
CIMULACT involves a highly participatory process where the hopes, dreams and fears of over 1,000 European citizens are being developed into research scenarios for the future of Europe. The project is expected to provide a unique contribution to future European research and innovation policy and funding priorities, thereby enhancing responsible research and innovation in the EU.
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On Saturday 8 October 2016, a workshop was held at The Corinthia Hotel in St. George’s Bay, St Julians. This workshop is one of the thirty being held across 30 European countries for the CIMULACT Project (Horizon 2020) with the sole aim of refining future research scenarios which will be presented this December to the European Commission.
'We are very delighted that our workshop managed to attract this much attention in the Maltese community. This is a testament to how much the Maltese society cares about the future of not only our country, but the rest of Europe,' says Prof. Sandra M. Dingli, associate professor at the Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta.
This bottom-up approach to policy-making took off in late 2015 with a first round of workshops in EU countries. During these workshops, the hopes, fears, dreams and concerns were condensed into visions of what they wanted to see in a future Europe. In Malta, this workshop took place on Saturday 5 December 2015 in Valletta. These visions were then transformed into Research programme scenarios with the combined effort of citizens, stakeholders, researchers and policy experts at an international meeting in Milan in March 2016, with representatives from all over Europe, including Malta.
The second consultation phase is where the co-created research programme scenarios were tested, validated, enriched and prioritised with two tracks: face-to-face consultations in all 30 countries and an online consultation. The face-to-face consultation took place in Malta on Saturday 8 October 2016. An online consultation in the form of a survey is taking place concurrently.
The result from these two methods will be a set of Science & Technology issues and recommendations which the citizens find most important for their future. From the validated and prioritised scenarios, a set of policy options, possible research calls topics, and recommendations will be extracted.
The Malta partner for the CIMULACT Project is The Edward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of Thinking at the University of Malta and is one of the twenty-nine partners involved in the project, which is led by The Danish Board of Technology Foundation in Denmark.
The initial topics selected for Malta were:
Citizens have contributed to the project by communicating their hopes, fears and dreams at workshops held in thirty countries during December 2015 and January 2016. These visions, including the six visions generated in Malta, are available online.
The two editions of the CIMULACT newsletter (published December 2015 and March 2016) and the 'inspirational magazine' may be accessed on the CIMULACT website.
A meeting for the CIMULACT – Horizon 2020 project was held in Milan, Italy on 19 and 20 April 2016, followed by an intensive, two-day workshop on the 21 and 22 April 2016 to identify future European research scenarios. Two representatives from the Edward de Bono Institute, Professor Sandra M. Dingli and Ms Daniela Azzopardi attended the meeting and the workshop. An expert on Family Studies, Professor Angela Abela, and Alison Ann Meilak, as a representative citizen of Malta, participated in the workshop.
Twelve social needs were discussed during the workshop: Equality, Holistic Health, Sustainable Food, Life-long Processes, Strengths-based Education and Experiential Learning, Personal Development, Harmony with Nature, Green Habitats, Sustainable Economy, Sustainable Energy, Unity and Cohesion, and Citizenship Awareness and Participation. Over 100 participants made up of project partners, experts and citizens from all over Europe worked together on building future research scenarios based on the twelve social needs.
The adoption of a bottom-up approach where citizens develop visions for the future of Europe is one of the aims of CIMULACT, a Horizon 2020 funded project with 29 partners in 30 European countries. As a partner in this project, The Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta organised a workshop for citizens on 5 December. ‘It was interesting to watch 38 people from different backgrounds and age groups discuss their hopes, fears, concerns and dreams for the future and to see them collaborating to generate six visions for the future of Europe’ said Professor Sandra M Dingli who conducted the workshop, assisted by some University of Malta Masters students.
Similar workshops are being conducted in 30 European countries with the involvement of over 1,000 citizens. A total of 180 visions will emerge through this democratic participatory process. Each vision will reflect the hopes and wishes of European citizens for a better future for themselves and for future generations.
CIMULACT engages citizens and stakeholders in order to co-create research agendas that are based on the visions, needs and demands of society. At a later stage, additional stakeholders including policy makers, scientists, research communities, NGOs, futurists and technical developers will be involved in the project. Through a participatory process, dialogue and shared understanding will be fostered amongst a variety of actors who have an interest in the shaping of the future of Europe’s research agenda.
The aims of this Horizon 2020 project are quite challenging and ambitious. They include promoting the engagement of the public in the identification of desirable sustainable futures through responsible research and innovation, setting a new standard for public participation through the development, testing and assessment of methods for citizen engagement and making the building of the future more realistic through a wide and democratic public conversation with citizens and other stakeholders.
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