CIMULACT: Engaging all of Europe in the shaping of a desirable sustainable future
CIMULACT is a three-year project funded by the European Union whose aim is to engage more than 1000 citizens in 30 countries in Europe, along with a wide range of other actors, in the shaping of desirable sustainable futures. In a highly participatory process, the project will provide unique input to European research and innovation policies and topics, create dialogue and shared understanding between the actors, and build strong capacities in citizen engagement, thereby contributing to Responsible Research and Innovation in EU. In short, CIMULACT will:
Embrace the citizens in the actual formulation of EU Research and Innovation agendas.
Provide concrete and unique input to the identification of the future European research agenda by eliciting concerns, wishes and visions for desirable sustainable futures from 1000 citizens in 30 countries in Europe.
Make the future more accessible and commonly shared and discussed by making it a public conversation for a greater democracy.
Make the European research and innovation agenda relevant and accountable to society by engaging citizens, stakeholders, and experts in co-creating research agendas based on real, validated and shared visions, needs and demands.
Contribute to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in EU by promoting public engagement and inclusion in the identification of desirable sustainable futures.
Set a new standard for citizen participation by integrating science and society and through development, experimentation, training and assessment of methods for engagement.
Public engagement in science and technology is gaining increasing attention. Societal challenges and advances in science and technology call for new initiatives, platforms and opportunities for engaging the public in non-traditional ways.
This catalogue, produced by the PE2020 project, explores and analyses particularly innovative public engagement practices, and provides a platform for international inspiration and learning in the fast-moving field of public engagement. The catalogue presents detailed case descriptions and first-hand reflections provided by individual case coordinators with particular expertise with the initiative.
Denmark is one of the countries investing the most in developing a “smart grid”. This paper unpacks one influential national vision of the smart grid to identify what kinds of expectations guide the work of smart grid innovators and how the boundaries of the smart grid are defined. Our findings show that the smart grid hype embodies several implicit expectations that serve to guide research and investment and to attract new players into the field. On the basis of our analysis, European policymakers might consider how their (intentional or unintentional) choices serve to create or maintain certain boundaries in smart grid development: for example, an exclusive focus on electricity within the broader context of a sustainable energy system. As serious investment starts being made in the smart grid, concepts like the supergrid, flexible demand and a broader smart energy system will start competing with each other.