Public Engagement with Research And Research Engagement with Society is by the FP7 Capacities programme and runs from 2010 – 2014. The PERARES project aims to strengthen public engagement in research by involving researchers and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the formulation of research agendas and the research process.
It uses various debates (or dialogues) on Science to actively articulate research request of civil society. These are forwarded to research institutes and results are used in the next phase of the debate. Thus, theses debates move ‘upstream’ into agenda settings. For this, partners link existing debate formats – such as science café’s, science festivals, online-forums – with the Science Shop network – already linking civil society and research institutes.
To be able to answer to research requests, it is necessary to enlarge and strengthen the network of research bodies doing research for/with CSOs. Thus, ten new Science Shop-like facilities throughout Europe are started, mentored by experienced partners. Science Shop-like work is advanced by adding studies on good practices to the available knowledge base and organising workshops. Guidelines to evaluate the impact of engagement activities are developed and tested.
Visit the PERARES website (external link, last accessed 28 March 2014)