Project

Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020 (CIMULACT)

CIMULACT has given concrete and unique input to EU’s research and innovation agenda based on visions from citizens in 30 European countries.

More than 1,000 citizens met during the winter 2015-2016 at national vision workshops where they expressed their dreams for a sustainable and desirable future. Hereafter a variety of actors including citizens, stakeholders, experts and the project partners translated these visions into 23 suggestions for Horizon 2020 topics along with policy recommendations. The results were afterwards validated, enriched and prioritised by more than 3,400 people consulted online.

In short, CIMULACT has demonstrated that:

  • Citizen’s visions, needs and concerns can be collected in a format that can easily be transformed into research and policy recommendations
  • It is feasible to open up science and enhance mutual understanding and collaboration between policy makers, researchers and citizens.
  • Citizens are capable of producing concrete and unique input to EU’s research and innovation agenda.
  • Citizens based research and policy recommendations are visionary and innovative while being closely linked to societal needs and concerns.
  • Up-stream engagement of citizens in research and policy agenda settings contributes to capacity building, thereby enhancing responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the EU.

A video of "Behind the methodology of the CIMULACT project" can be found here.

See all project outcomes here.

CIMULACT was a three-year project funded by the European Commission under Grant Agreement number 665948, starting June 2015 and ending March 2018.

In short, CIMULACT will

  • create vision and scenarios that connect societal needs with future expected advances in Science and their impact on technology, society, environment etc. in connection to the grand challenges
  • provide concrete input to Horizon 2020 through recommendations and policy options for R&I and simulated calls for the Horizon2020 Work Programmes.
  • engage citizens and stakeholders in a highly participatory debate/consultation/process on scenarios for desirable sustainable futures and research
  • build capacities in citizen and multi-actor engagement in R&I through development, experimentation, training and assessment of methods for engagement
  • facilitate dialogue and shared understanding between policymakers, citizens, and stakeholders
  • reveal the relative merits of the citizen focused consultations

Fraunhofer ISI is:

  • leading the multi-stakeholder dialogue for translating citizens visions into societal needs and co-creating the research topics (Workpackage 2)
  • Supporting the concept development for the citizen visioning workshops (WP1)
  • Implementing the citizen visioning workshops in Germany (WP1&3)
  • Supporting the methodological learning (WP5)

Duration

07/2015 – 12/2017

Client

European Commission

Partner

  • The Danish Board of Technology Foundation – DBT (Denmark) (Project Coordinator)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI (Germany)
  • Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) – Institute of Technology Assessment – ITA (Austria)
  • Missions Publiques – MP (France)
  • Strategic Design Scenarios – SDS (Belgium)
  • Technology Centre of the Academy of Sciences – TCASCR (Czech Republic)
  • Institutul de Prospectiva – PROSPECTIVA (Romania)
  • Applied Research and Communications Fund – ARC fund (Bulgaria)
  • GreenDependent Institute Nonprofit Ltd – GDI (Hungary)
  • Design Department – POLIMI (Italy)
  • Association for Science and Discovery Centres – ASDC (United Kingdom)
  • The Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation – FCRi (Spain)
  • The Swiss Centre for Technology Assessment – TA SWISS (Switzerland)
  • The National Consumer Research Centre – NCRC (Finland)
  • Norwegian Board of Technology – NBT (Norway)
  • The Institute for Sustainable Technologies – National Research Institute – ITeE-PIB (Poland)
  • Knowledge economy forum – KEF (Lithuania)
  • Baltic Consulting (Latvia (and Estonia))
  • University College Cork – UCC (Ireland)
  • Research institute – LEI (The Netherlands)
  • MEDIATEDOMAIN – Lda (Portugal)
  • The University of Malta – UoM (Malta)
  • The Slovak Academy of Sciences – SAS (Slovakia)
  • Slovenian Business & Research Association v SBRA (Slovenia)
  • RTD TALOS LIMITED (RTD TALOS) (Cyprus)
  • 4MOTION – SOCIAL ACTOR FOR SOCIAL CHANGE (Luxemburg)
  • ODRZIVI RAZVOJ ZAJEDNICE – SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – (ODRAZ) (Croatia)
  • STATENS GEOTEKNISKA INSTITUT (SGI) SWEDISH GEOTECHICAL INSTITUTE – DEPARTMENT OF LAND USE PLANNING AND CLIMATE ADAPTION (Sweden)
  • ATLANTIS SYMVOULEFTIKI ANONYMI ETAIREIA ATLANTIS CONSULTING SA (ALT) (Greece)