CIMULACT: Citizens to provide concrete and unique input to the European Union’s research and innovation agenda

October 22, 2015

CIMULACT – ‘Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020’ – will engage citizens, along with a variety of other actors, in redefining the European research and innovation agenda and thereby make it relevant and accountable to society.

The project does so by having more than 1000 citizens in 30 countries in Europe formulate their visions for desirable sustainable futures, to debate and develop them with other actors, and to transform them into recommendations for future research and innovation policies and topics. By no longer reserving these questions for experts and policy makers only, CIMULACT makes the building of the future more accessible by commonly sharing and discussing our visions for how research and innovation can take us there.

A multi-actor approach
CIMULACT is not only about citizens’ visions. It involves a large number of actors who also have an interest in the
shaping of the future research agenda – the ‘multi-actors’. This group includes policy makers, scientists, research
communities, NGO’s, and more atypical “challengers” such as designers, futurists, and technical developers. The input to the research agendas will be created with all of them in a highly participatory process. Besides making real, validated and shared visions, based upon needs and demands, this process will create dialogue and shared understanding between the different actors.

A new standard for citizen participation
CIMULACT stands out as a visionary project by inspiring the future research agenda and shaping it on the concerns about, wishes for, and visions of desirable and sustainable futures of citizens from 30 countries in Europe. The aims of CIMULACT continue beyond the end of the project, as it sets a new standard for public participation through development, testing, training and assessment of methods for citizen and stakeholder engagement. The participatory
tradition is well established in some European countries, but not in all of them. By uniting partners from all over
Europe, all aiming for the same high level of public participation, CIMULACT will build strong capacities in the field.

CIMULACT is a three-year project funded by the European Commission, starting June 2015.

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