NUCLEUS. New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions

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From 31/08/2015 to 31/08/2019

NUCLEUS will develop, support, and implement inclusive and sustainable approaches to Responsible Research and Innovation within the governance and culture of research organizations in Europe. A major goal of the project will be to stimulate research and innovation which continuously reflects and responds to societal needs.

For a mutual learning and exchange process, the project will reach out beyond the European Research Area by including renowned scientific institutions in China, Russia and South Africa. 
Within a 4-year timeframe NUCLEUS will systematically uncover and analyse structural and cultural obstacles to RRI in scientific institutions. The partners will collaboratively develop innovative approaches to overcome these barriers. 

The project is expected to lead to an applicable ‘RRI DNA’, providing practical guidelines for higher education institutions and funding agencies across Europe and beyond. This ‘DNA’ will form the basis for the ‘NUCLEUS Living Network’, an alliance to ensure sustainability of the approach beyond the project timeline.


  • Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Germany (Coordinator)
  • University of Aberdeen, UK, Scotland
  • Bielefeld University, Germany
  • Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • University of Edinburgh, UK, Scotland
  • Ilia State University Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Université de Lyon, France
  • University of Malta, Malta
  • Nottingham Trent University, UK, England
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands


  • Beijing Association for Science and Technology, BAST, China 
  • European Union of Science Journalists' Association, EUSJA, Finland
  • European Science Events Association, EUSEA, Sweden

Extramural Institutions

  • Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Serbia
  • China Research Institute for Science Popularization, CRISP, China

Networks and Municipalities

  • City of Bochum / UniverCity Network Bochum, Germany
  • Nottingham City Council, UK, England
  • Science City Hannover, Germany
  • South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement, South Africa
  • Wissenschaft im Dialog, Germany 

Science Communication Practice and Evaluation

  • Psiquadro, Italy
  • Science View, Greece

Alexander Gerber / NUCLEUS project coordinator


Robin Yee / NUCLEUS communications officer

Total cost: EUR 3.993.632
EU contribution: EUR 3.993.632
Project reference: 664932
Funded under: H2020-ISSI-2014-1

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