SPARKS. Sparkling with ideas for RRI

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From 28/06/2015 to 28/06/2018
Inclusion, Anticipation

Sparks is an ambitious engagement project on the topic of technology shifts in health and medicine. Its aim is to raise awareness and communicate the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to Europeans in 29 countries. Sparks will organize an interactive touring exhibition and 230 innovative participatory activities such as science cafés, pop-up science shops, incubation activities and scenario workshops. Creative disruptions —in the form of artistic inputs and questioning— will help it to engage more stakeholders. 

Sparks’ methodology emphasizes interdisciplinary (science, art, policy, industry, research, science education) and participatory approaches to promote RRI in relation to health. This is a highly relevant research topic which is able to motivate citizens’ and other stakeholders’ engagement in science and research.

The project will also have a learning and policy component. Data will be gathered from visitors of the exhibition in order to further build the capacity of science actors and policy makers to promote RRI and better understand society’s vision, interests and readiness concerning RRI in health.

The project will develop an interactive touring exhibition and 230 innovative participatory activities such as science cafés, pop-up science shops, incubation activities and scenario workshops

It is estimated that over 1 million individuals could directly benefit from the project by visiting the exhibition and or/taking part in its participatory activities.

List of project partners:

  • ECSITE - European Network of Science Centres and Museums, Belgium (Coordinator)
  • Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, Netherlands
  • Science Museum, UK
  • Copernicus Science Centre, Poland
  • Bonn Science Shop, Germany
  • European Regions Research and Innovation Network, Belgium
  • Ars Electronica, Austria
  • KEA European Affairs, Belgium
  • European University Cyprus, Cyprus
  • ESSRG, Hungary
  • Institute of Social Innovations, Lithuania
  • Labworm Science Shop at Sapientia University, Romania
  • Neulogy, Slovakia
  • Luxembourg Science Center, Luxembourg
  • Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland

Ecsite members involved:

  • Science Museum Group
  • Copernicus Science Centre
  • Ars Electronica Linz GmbH
  • L'ideatorio - Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Technopolis, the Flemish Science Center
  • Center for Research and Analyses
  • Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation
  • Science Gallery Gama
  • Tycho Brahe Planetarium
  • AHHAA Science Centre Foundation
  • Heureka - The Finnish Science Centre
  • Cap Sciences
  • Ellinogermaniki Agogi SA
  • Science Gallery, Trinity College
  • MUSE - Museo delle Scienze
  • Biedrība "Vidzemes inovāciju un uzņēmējdarbības centrs"
  • Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)
  • Continium - Discovery Center Kerkrade
  • Pavilion of Knowledge (Pavilhão do Conhecimento) - Ciência Viva
  • Ustanova Hisa eksperimentov - The House of Experiments
  • Parque de las Ciencias
  • Norrköping Visualization Center
Maria Zolotonosa
Senior Project Manager
Total cost: EUR 3.565.374
EU contribution: EUR 3.498.839
Project reference: 665825
Funded under: H2020-ISSI-2014-1 

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