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SPARKS Toolkit

  • July 2018
  • Education & learning
  • Practical guide or toolkit

Sparks bridges the gap between the super-fast pace of scientific innovation and society through a unique touring exhibition and a set of participatory activities. The project spanned all 28 European Member States and Switzerland. The innovative formats of activities created by Sparks trigger interaction between citizens and researchers. The ultimate aim is to involve the public in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): The European Commission defines Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as the ‘societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes, with the values, needs and expectations of European society.’ In a broader sense, RRI is ‘taking care of the future through collective stewardship of science and innovation in the present.’

By bringing together researchers, citizens and other stakeholders, Sparks activities have created opportunities to improve the connections between researchers and citizens, to identify priority research questions and to co-design scientific solutions that are closer to societal needs and concerns.

This Toolkit is an easy to use guide to identify the activity that best fits your objectives and resources, to understand and to prepare Science Espressos, Reverse Science Cafés, Pop-up Science Shops and Scenario Workshops. We also advise you to download the Sparks handbook, a step, by step detailed guide on the Sparks formats – the perfect companion for your RRI and public engagement activities!

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Coordinated by Ecsite, Sparks was an ambitious engagement project on the topic of technology shifts in health and medicine. It raised awareness and communicated the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to Europeans in 29 countries.