Your public engagement partner in Horizon 2020

The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT) has 30 years of experience in developing and implementing methods of public engagement in research and innovation. We work continuously to improve the interaction between science and society through multi-actor approaches, societal engagement, stakeholder engagement, citizens’ dialogue, policy dialogues and more. We pioneered the ground-breaking methods such as the consensus conference, the citizens’ summit, the future panel, and the World Wide Views method. We are proud to say that we have helped decision-makers in all corners of Europe to balance opportunities against risk and values against interests in the interfaces between science and society. We do our work in fields as diverse as ICT development, cognitive science, climate change adaptation, biodiversity governance, pandemics response governance, and more.

When we participate in Horizon 2020 projects, we deliver:

  • Public engagement and citizen participation
    We design and facilitate engagement processes – upstream, downstream and in-between – for all types of research and innovation
  • Stakeholder dialogue
    We provide processes and platforms to connect research and innovation projects with potential users and concerned parties to maximize impact and to avoid unintended consequences.
  • Strategies for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
    We design and implement RRI strategies for research and innovation projects at all scales – from small collaborative projects to flagship initiatives.
  • Research and evaluation
    We study and evaluate new and emerging approaches to public engagement, stakeholder dialogue, science-in-society policy and governance of research and innovation.
  • Training and tools
    We provide training and tool-boxes for public engagement in science and RRI for both young and senior researchers, innovators, administrators, funders and others.
  • Digital solutions
    We continuously develop and implement new digital tools to support public engagement and citizen participation.

 

Our experience in European research and innovation
We see the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – currently Horizon 2020 – as a unique environment which allows us to share our experiences and learn from others across Europe and beyond. For this reason our involvement in European collaborative research has grown continuously since we first dipped our toes in the European pool back in the 1990s. We have thus coordinated numerous projects under FP5 (EUROPTA), FP6 (CIVISTI), FP7 (PACITA, Engage2020, DESSI) and H2020 (CIMULACT). Moreover, the DBT has participated as partner and work package leader in several other European research projects, such as SurPRISE, SATORI, Res-AGora, Human Brain Project, Foresight, BASE, CASI, SUBSOL, EUth and ASSET.

Our involvement in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
In the latter years we have followed closely and contributed extensively to the development of the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). We have especially sought to ensure that the mainstreaming of public engagement, which the RRI approach involves, starts from and improves upon the state-of-the-art. To this end we – along with our international partners – have developed toolboxes and training programs for public engagement and multi-stakeholder dialogue in relation to Horizon 2020 projects and other platforms for science with and for society. We work actively to make these products live on and shape engagement practice in European research and innovation. And we welcome any chance to collaborate on the implementation of public engagement and RRI in research and innovation projects.

Going digital
The DBT has for more than 10 years developed ICT tools for support of face-to-face participatory projects, including DoingForesight.org (foresight project ex ante/ex post project evaluation tool), DESSI (societal multi-criteria assessment tool), CoNote (co-writing minutes at large-scale meetings), WWViews Platform (coordinating large-scale meetings worldwide and providing statistics of citizens’ answers) and most recently the GlobalSay platform, which is a modular toolbox for e-participation, including functions such as online coordination of participants and multi-language multi-site small-scale meetings, providing online training, facilitation and gathering answers/assessments.

Our role in H2020 projects
We participate in European R&I projects as coordinator or partner depending on the needs of each particular project. Over the years we have built a strong network of excellent partners with whom we are lucky to work on a regular basis. At the same time we are always looking for new acquaintances just as we are always eager to see new perspectives on the relations between science, innovation, public policy and the views and values of citizens.

Get in touch
If for any reason you think that we might help you and your project to better engage with the public, policy makers, or other stakeholders, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.