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Horizon Europe: Sign Ecsite's Open letter

Ecsite's Open letter to R&I Commissioner

Ecsite is inviting all science engagement organisations to sign an Open letter to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.

Despite the mobilisation of the science engagement field in the past years, there is no equivalent of the current ‘Science with and for Society’ (SwafS) strand in the new framework programme, Horizon Europe. The involvement of citizens in the co-creation and co-design of the R&I agenda has nonetheless been made one of the objectives of the programme by the EU Commission. Ecsite strongly supports this co-creation initiative, however, we have identified important gaps in the citizen involvement strategy as currently planned by the Commission, which is why we are inviting all science engagement organisations to sign an Open letter to the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas.

In this Open Letter, Ecsite urges the European Commission to meaningfully engage with citizen and be more ambitious on science engagement. To do so, the Commission should rely on cost-effective actions led by experienced and committed science centres and museums and other science engagement organisations, all over Europe.

How to endorse the Open letter to Commissioner C. Moedas?

As numerous voices are always more powerful than one, we are urging all science engagement and research organisations to support this Open letter.

A simple step is required: fill in the “Endorsement form” you will find in attachment below and send it together with the logo of your organisation, to Marie Couëdic at the Ecsite office by 25 June.

Get in touch with the Ecsite office for any further question.

Ecsite reserves the right to refuse the signature of organisations that would not comply with Ecsite’s core values.

What are we asking?

We suggest three communication objectives that would maximise Horizon Europe‘s relevance and impact:

  1. Enhance European citizens’ scientific culture
  2. Involve stakeholders and citizens in R&I priority setting
  3. Make the topics of the Missions the talk of Europe

Read the whole Open letter attached below that has already been endorsed by 57 major science engagement organisations (as of 14/06/2019).

More on Ecsite’s advocacy campaign

To know more about Ecsite advocacy campaign for more science engagement in Horizon Europe, read Ecsite’s Position Paper and Ecsite President Herbert Münder's column in Spokes (January 2019 issue).

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Tags

  • Open letter
  • Horizon Europe
  • advocacy
  • Carlos Moedas
  • R&I Commissioner
  • FP9