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Welcome to the first issue of the Citizen Engagement Quarterly!

Through this newsletter, five Horizon 2020 projects – MOSAIC, SocKETs, IRIS Smart Cities, COESO and FRANCIS – are coming together to share their latest activities, interventions and opportunities related to citizen engagement, co-creation and participatory processes.

In this first edition you can get to know each project a little, as well as their latest and upcoming pursuits. We hope you enjoy reading this first issue and encourage you to forward it to anyone you think would also find it interesting!
Implement Social Science & Humanities pilots with COESO
COESO is a three-year, Horizon 2020 funded, participatory research project that enables 10 citizen science pilot projects around Europe to address societal challenges. Its mission is to develop and sustain citizen science research in the social sciences and humanities. Watch a short video about our pilot projects here.
Additionally, COESO will create a Virtual Ecosystem for Research Activation (VERA) platform to  support continuous and end-to-end collaboration between citizen science stakeholders, such as media, artists, local associations, public administrations, lay citizens and researchers. The five RRI dimensions form the foundation of the VERA development and guide the COESO project in fostering science education through participatory research and public engagement by exploring new models for mutual learning exercises. 

Open Call until 30 January 2022 - COESO will fund 5 new pilot projects for up to €50,000 each to implement innovative Citizen Science projects in Social Sciences and Humanities. Civil society and researchers are invited to apply. Learn more here.
COESO  has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 101006325.
MOSAIC’s mission-orientated Open Innovation processes

The MOSAIC project is capitalising on the wide range of experiences of co-creation emerging from European funding programmes within Horizon 2020, such as Science with and for Society (SwafS), as well as other firm-centric and city-relevant co-creation activities. It is working to identify and classify elements of best co-creation practices to engage all parts of the quadruple helix (science, policy, industry and society) in open innovation.

MOSAIC recently closed its call for Expressions of Interest for cities and regions. Pilot actions in a number of these selected cities, will test MOSAIC’s methodological approach and research actions within the context of the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-neutral and Smart Cities. Learn more in MOSAIC’s new video.

MOSAIC has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 101006382.

Creating urban systems that are more sustainable and safer for citizens with IRIS Smart Cities

Have you ever been afraid of crossing a street when it is already dark? Do you wonder if the car will be able to see the crossing lanes in time and slow down? That was a common worry from the citizens of the Kanaleneiland district in Utrecht, Netherlands. So, they came up with a solution: a pedestrian crossing that lights up when walked on. 

The pilot project Smart Street Lighting Utrecht, installed in June 2021, detect pedestrians, measure car speeds, and communicate with the pedestrian crossing; When crossed, it lights up. A LED light shines in blue or orange color signaling the traffic activity to the pedestrians. Further, the smart poles have sun-charged batteries and air and noise quality meters. 

This pilot in Kanaleneiland district was launched by the municipality of Utrecht in the context of the IRIS project. In the IRIS project different European cities work together with the common goal of creating the sustainable urban city of the future. Continue reading here.

IRIS Smart Cities has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No. 774199.

Developing frugal innovations - FRANCIS

Demand for affordable yet high-quality solutions is soaring. Fraunhofer and VTT, two of Europe’s most renowned research organisations, joined forces with manufacturing companies and other partners to determine what innovations would benefit society as a whole and bring the general public on board for their development.

This initiative, an EU Horizon 2020 project that goes by the name of FRANCIS, aims to accomplish this end by posing two open innovation challenges. Learn more about FRANCIS in its project video.

FRANCIS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006220.

What does it mean to co-create innovation with citizens in the SocKETs labs?

SocKETs – Societal Engagement with Key Enabling Technologies - aims to develop and use co-creation as a form of collaborative innovation to develop shared new values and align the development of KETs-based innovations with societal values and needs.

The project gathers 10 partners from 8 countries and is coordinated by the Danish Board of Technology.

New technologies are undeniably shaping the future of our society and taking a prominent place in citizens’ lives. Whether for recreative purposes, communication, transportation, bank and finance services or health, emerging technologies are – again – disrupting things as they stand, offering new potentials and bringing new societal and ethical questions. Some of these sectors are particularly of interest and have a huge potential for innovation.

However, at the moment, it is an overstatement to claim that citizens have a major role to play in the development of such technologies. Their participation, when it exists, is often reduced to simple consultation, and they rarely have the occasion to be involved in the development process from the start. In SocKETs, we believe that early and continuous societal engagement is key to improve the quality, desirability and sustainability of innovations, and we are ready to roll our sleeves and turn these convictions into action! Read more here.

SocKETs has received funding from the European Union´s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement No 958277.


OECD: Technology in and for Society
6-7 December 2021
This upcoming OECD conference seeks to develop a policy agenda to pair the transformative potential of emerging technology with the need for good governance. It will explore how we can increase innovation actions that use inclusive processes to have a lasting, positive impact. Learn more. 

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