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Science with and for Society

Science with and for Society: The specific objective is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Science with and for Society

This Science with and for Society programme is not encompassed under the three pillars of Horizon 2020. Its objective is to build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility.

Science with and for Society on the H2020 website.

The purpose of the programme is to involve the general public and other stakeholders in the research and innovation process, create meeting places and promote effective cooperation between academia, trade and industry, and society at large. Other focus areas include gender equality and gender issues and encouraging young people to study the natural sciences and pursue researcher careers.

The programme encompasses the following thematic areas:

• Public engagement – foster dialogue and raise public awareness of research and innovation;• Open Science – increase access to scientific results;• Gender – ensure gender equality in both the research process and the research content;• Science education and careers – promote formal and informal science education;• Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) – incorporate considerations relating to ethics and benefits to society into research and innovation.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

RRI is an inclusive approach to research and innovation (R&I), to ensure that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process. It aims to better align both the process and outcomes of R&I, with the values, needs and expectations of European society.

In general terms, RRI implies anticipating and assessing potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation. In practice, RRI consists of designing and implementing R&I policy that will:

  • engage society more broadly in its research and innovation activities,
  • increase access to scientific results,
  • ensure gender equality, in both the research process and research content,
  • take into account the ethical dimension, and
  • promote formal and informal science education.

Work Programme 2018-2020 - Science with and for Society

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