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Welcome to the third issue of the Citizen Engagement Quarterly!

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

In this third edition, you will receive an update on the latest activities of each project, including news from the MOSAIC Community of Practice, lessons learned from IRIS Smart Cities, as well as upcoming events and news from COESO, FRANCIS and SocKETs. You will also see a contribution from another interesting citizen engagement project, IMPETUS. We hope you enjoy the issue and encourage you to forward it to anyone who might find it interesting! 

The MOSAIC Community of Practice

The MOSAIC project is particularly pleased to announce the selection of its two pilot cities, Gothenburg and Milan, as well as the following replicator cities: Aarhus, Espoo, Groningen, Pau, Tampere, Turku. These leading cities will work alongside the project’s co-creation experts and a wider group of engaged European cities to make up the MOSAIC Community of Practice.

The first Community of Practice workshop was organised by MOSAIC partners on 14 June in Brussels. Representatives of 14 cities from 10 European countries joined the first of a series of capacity-building and knowledge-sharing workshops, which concentrated on the integration of the private sector in the Horizon Europe Mission on Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities. This workshop had a particular focus on the involvement of the private sector in co-creation processes together with other stakeholders.
Future MOSAIC workshops will address key aspects of co-creation in mission projects, with a particular focus on citizen engagement, including strategies for effective engagement and rewards for citizens. MOSAIC activities will also provide opportunities for cities to engage in an exchange of best practices and support peer-to-peer learning.  

Cities interested in joining the MOSAIC Community of Practice can still apply by sending an email to MOSAIC@errin.eu, providing a short explanation of their motivations to join. Learn more here.

MOSAIC is also pleased to announce that it has been selected by Falling Walls, a unique global hub connecting science, business and society, as one of the 50 best Science Engagement projects from around the world. Find the listing of MOSAIC, as well as, other inspiring Science Engagement projects here and make sure to follow MOSAIC on Twitter and Linkedin to be updated on all the project news. 

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

The COESO project aims to develop and sustain citizen science in social science and humanities research. The primary output of the project is the development of an online platform – a “collaboratory” we are calling VERA (Virtual Ecosystem for Research Activation) – where researchers and engaged stakeholders can meet each other, co-conduct citizen science research, and find project funding. The VERA platform is being co-designed with our 10 SSH citizen science “pilot” projects.
Here’s what’s happening within COESO:
  • Open Call process for the 2nd round of 5 pilot projects is complete, and we are pleased to announce COESO’s 5 new pilot projects
  • The five pilots in our 1st round are finishing up their projects. You can find interviews with them about their collaborative experiences on the COESO blog. You can also find more specific outcomes of their collaborations, such as the findings of our “Pilot 4” about the technical and legal framework for sharing confidential data between researchers and investigative journalists and the challenges of accessing sensitive and privately-owned databases.  
  • COESO is advocating for more SSH citizen science funding opportunities. In May and June 2022, we co-conducted funding workshops - as described in our blogpost, “Funders and Fundees: two sides of the same coin” with groups of national-level funders in Germany, Spain, France and Italy. Based on what we learned from them at these workshops about existing funding opportunities and issues that may be hindering the growth or uptake of funding opportunities, we are writing a policy brief that will be shared with the funders and the community. Additionally, we’ll be conducting an international workshop for funders in the fall. Learn more and stay updated about our funding advocacy work here
  • Are you interested in learning more about the VERA platform and co-designing with us? We invite you to participate in the next VERA co-design workshop, focusing on developing project “task lists,” happening in July (date/time TBD). To participate please send an email to Tiziana Lombardo, lombardo@netseven.it, by July 8th.
  • COESO is developing a “Cooperation Analytics” tool, to be integrated into the VERA platform, that will allow users to monitor the quality of their cooperation practices within their projects. You can access the latest deliverables (D5.1 and D5.2) to read more about how this tool is being developed here.
COESO  has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 101006325.

How to design in the public space? Lessons learned on citizen engagement

Willem-Jan Renger, a design researcher from HKU (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht) - partner to the IRIS Smart Cities project, shares his experiences and lessons learned on Citizen Engagement strategies in relation to energy transition.

We are currently facing many societal challenges, being energy transition a pressing one. We are part of a large H2020 EU project called a Lighthouse project, in which cities in seven countries in Europe bite the bullet to effectuate innovative solutions for energy transition in demo areas in each city. A prime focus in projects like these is solving problems in implementing emerging technologies. Integrating various solutions is a non-trivial problem. Installing solar panels is by no means a solution in itself. It creates challenges such as how to store excess energy and to retrieve during peak hours, making it a complex issue.

While the talented technicians grind their way in the multitude of technical challenges, another challenge is looming that is also non-trivial yet not yet fully addressed. This is the notion of citizen engagement. How do we get citizens involved in decision making, adoption and proliferation of these solutions in their daily lives? Read more.

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

Stuttgart Science Festival – Interactive event for kids and grown-ups

The first FRANCIS challenge will start soon! In the meantime, we are participating in various events to engage citizens. On 25 June 2022, the project invited citizens to roll up their sleeves and spin ideas related to kitchen and household.

The Stuttgart Science Festival presented various events for everyone, who is passionate about innovation. FRANCIS’ event team on the Fraunhofer Campus was particularly pleased with the many families who used the sunny day for a visit. Some participants even took a trip of more than two hours to get there.The workshop of FRANCIS was a joint activity with the association OneDollarGlasses that provides people all over the world with simple, affordable (= frugal) visual aids. Learn more here.

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

Co-creating new technologies with citizens is under way
 
SocKETs is conducting six case studies across Europe, called SocKETs Labs, and focusing on the application of key enabling technologies towards a diversity of innovation and societal challenges in the sectors of construction, e-health and automation industry.

Their co-creation journey started a few months ago, and are now reaching the end of their exploration of citizen engagement practices in technology development. Let’s grab our backpack, and travel around Europe to learn from their experience. You will be able to find on our website their latest updates and advancements. Continue reading here.

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

Citizens to have their say in climate IMPETUS project

There is a significant opportunity to better engage citizens in climate change adaptation initiatives, according to initial results of a survey by the EU-funded IMPETUS project.

Around 400 people in 7 European countries shared knowledge, concerns and ideas about climate change and its impacts in regional surveys that kicked-off the project’s activities to engage with citizens and other stakeholders. With a PhD research position supporting this work, lessons being learned from other projects and around 600 identified stakeholders to work with, stakeholder engagement will be a significant feature of IMPETUS. Partners are already planning workshops and other ways to involve members of the public, researchers, businesses, environmental groups, industry, media, civil society groups and others in co-creating climate change solutions, ensuring that regional economic, social, policy and cultural factors are taken into consideration.

Aiming for innovative solutions that build resilience to climate change and contribute to locally meaningful impacts, IMPETUS activities focus on case study sites in 7 bioclimatic regions: ‘Continental’ in Berlin metropolitan area, Germany; ‘Coastal’ in Catalonia, Spain; ‘Mediterranean’ in Athens and wider Attica, Greece; ‘Atlantic’ in the Dutch provinces of Zeeland and Rijnmond; ‘Arctic’ in Troms and Finnmark, Norway; ‘Boreal’ in Zemgale region, Latvia; and ‘Mountains’ in the Italian Alpine region of Valle dei Laghi. Partner organisations in these regions released the project survey in local languages in April 2022. They will analyse the responses during the summer as the basis for planning diverse engagement activities. See full story for more.

Interested in following or participating?
•            Find local contacts and other information on the 7 regional pages via the IMPETUS ‘Solutions’ web page.
•            like and follow IMPETUS social media accounts on
•            Twitter @ClimateImpetus
•            LinkedIn @Climate Impetus
 
With a 14.8 million euro budget, IMPETUS is a 4-year programme to accelerate Europe’s response to climate change. IMPETUS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037084, funded in the Green Deal call.

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