Directors Forum 2018: Science engagement organisations as Citizen labs

14 November 2018 - 16 November 2018

Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, together with Barcelona Ciència, will be hosting the next Directors Forum, to be held on 14-16 November 2018.

Senior Managers of Ecsite Full member organisations will be coming together for 2.5 days of networking, high-profile talks and workshops and peer learning. Registration will be opening end of May.

The theme is Science engagement organisations as Citizen labs.

Science engagement organisations are agents of education, teaching and knowledge transfer, as well as places for public scientific discourse. They have the mission to inspire and empower people with science and shape the future of science engagement. They are key actors not only in knowledge generation, but also serving as mediators and facilitators between citizens and knowledge. Science engagement organisations can act as citizen labs or societal interface labs, promoting open science with the aim of stimulating creativity and critical thinking, empowering citizens through the dissemination of knowledge, and engaging communities in the research process, in particular at city level. Open Science allows knowledge to circulate more quickly and to be more freely available, thus making science and innovation more open, collaborative and global.

Through these open science labs, committed citizens are developing solutions for complex societal challenges in which science and technology can play an important role (such as climate change, nature in the city, aging, water quality, or migration). Often working on a city scale, these open labs bring together and articulate the collaboration of entrepreneurs, researchers, educators, public officers and citizens. They also provide an agora space in which the societal implications and opportunities of cutting-edge scientific research can be debated in an evidence-based and democratic manner, bringing forth a greater understanding of the positive role of science in promoting the welfare of citizens, as well as a deeper awareness of the potentials of emerging technologies and research areas.

During the 2018 Directors Forum we want to address how open science labs can become an opportunity to science engagement organisations, and to present a broad range of inspiring perspectives, case studies and good practices. The keynotes, sessions and interactive workshops will address topics such as novel methodologies for involving citizens in open science, participatory mechanisms like crowdsourcing and gamification, and the value of open science in social innovation projects to tackle urban challenges, among others.

We expect this event to be of great interest to professionals interested in increasing the impact of science communication organisations in citizens’ well-being, and keen to explore ways of sustaining their organisations' continuing relevance in the 21st century’s knowledge society.


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Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona

With 140 years of history the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona holds a patrimony of neary 4 million specimens. It consists of four centres located in three of the city’s emblematic Parks. Ciutadella Park houses the Scientific area (collections, research and documentation centre) and Martorell Museum (the historical building of the museum). Montjuïc is home to the Botanical Garden and the Historic Botanical Garden. And the Forum Park houses its most recent site since 2011 with new facilities (workshop rooms, laboratories, conference hall, media library, etc.) and a 3,000 square metre reference exhibition “Planet Life”.