Upcoming Events

26 June 2024, Venice, Italy

Engaging Green Policy Decision Making

The event will start with a workshop "Build and enhance the academic approach to public engagement" at 10 am. Following an introduction "The ENGAGEgreen project and the making of a toolkit for policy engagement" experiences of public engagement will be discussed in a roundtable by: 

  • Esteban Romero Frías, University of Granada (Spain), Medialab UGR - Research Laboratory for Digital Culture and Society
  • Samuela Franceschini & Luciana Gualdi, Ca' Foscari University of Venice: The experience of PInK (Promoting Innovation and Knowledge)
  • Giulio Minto, Yunus Social Business Centre - Ca'Foscari University of Venice
  • Stefano Campostrini, The Governance and Social Innovation Centre
  • Veronica Pegoraro, The GSI health area
  • Eleonora Luciani, The GSI municipalities area

Registration link:

In the afternoon a hybrid webinar on "Engaging Green Policy Decision Making" will follow with short presentaitions by: 

  • Marco Angheben, Head of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs of European DataWarehouse (Italy): The relevance of data for the Green Transition in the EU: evidence from the auto and mortgage sectors
  • Raffaele Pesenti, Full Professor of Operational Research, Venice School of Management, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy): From Smartness to Autonomy
  • Esteban Romero Frías, Vice-Rector for Social Innovation, Employability, and Entrepreneurship, University of Granada (Spain): The generation of alliances between university and institutions to address territorial challenges
  • Chair: Marco Corazza, Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

An open panel with the audience will allow for further discussions.

Zoom link: , Meeting ID: 861 3134 3661 | Passcode: EngGreen24

Past Events

June 2024, Barcelona, Spain

Presentation of the ENGAGEgreen project at the Provincial Council of Barcelona 

BETA TC presented the ENGAGEgreen project at the conference "ace-to-face meeting Working and Exchange Space on European Projects: Partnerships with a quadruple-helix approach in European projects". The event was organized by the regional government, the Barcelona Provincial Council and some city councils as well as regional administrations from Catalonia participated.
The team from BETA TC presented the structure of the project and the importance of science-policy dialog, we promoted the metodology and finally we presented our current pairing scheme, SIMIL II. We explained how the ENGAGEgreen project is an example of dual stakeholder engagement leading to the implementation of evidence-based public policies and bi-directional knowledge transfer. Although still in the development phase of the project, the team gave examples of why some of these goals have already been achieved.

April 2024, Mainz, Germany

Rhine-Main Science-Policy-Dialogue

In cooperation with Rhineland-Palatinate state institutions, the Rhine-Main universities were able to start a new dialogue: In April 43 researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz visited nine ministries, the state chancellery and the state parliament administration in Mainz and conducted a total of 90 face-to-face meetings with about 80 policymaking officials. The topics of discussion ranged from digitalisation and artificial intelligence to energy, climate and the environment, education, social cohesion and innovation in the economy. We received the evaluation results today: Both policymakers and researchers rated the format as very beneficial. We are particularly pleased that literally all respondents stated that they would participate in the format again in the future. It is also interesting to note that almost 60 per cent of respondents from state institutions told us that they had had little or no contact with researchers before taking participating in the format. Thus, there is a great potential for science-policy dialogue. The pilot project was a success and we are looking forward to the next round of the Rhine-Main Science Dialogue in September 2024!

Picture: Lunch at the State Chancellery on 25 April, 2024, with researchers and policy professionals

24 April 2024, Granada, Spain

Science and Society: The case of French research policy

The University of Granada, through MediaLab UGR, in collaboration with the Erasmus Plus EngageGreen project, is pleased to announce the organisation of the seminar "Science and Society: the case of French research policy" presented by Florence Belaën. 

Wednesday, 24 April 2024, from 9 to 11 AM, hybrid event:

Please register here, if you plan to attend.

The online broadcast will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube on the MediaLab UGR channels at the University of Granada. 

The seminar will be presented by Florence Belaën, a prominent professional at the intersection of science, culture, and society, from Université Lumière Lyon 2. The session will focus on the connection between science and society, referencing the evolution of research policy in France, especially how these policies are promoting a more effective integration of science with the needs and expectations of society. This topic is particularly relevant at a time when trust in academic knowledge faces significant challenges and the need for a fruitful dialogue between science and society has never been more critical.

This seminar is an exceptional opportunity for academics, students, and professionals interested in the social impact of science and technology. For more information and registration, please visit the MediaLab UGR website.

After studying theoretical physics, Florence Belaën earned a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences in 2002, focusing on science museums and immersive exhibitions. She worked for ten years at the large Parisian museum, the Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, as a mediation technical staff and later as a programming technical staff. From 2008 to 2013, she led the National Observatory of Scientific and Technical Heritage and Culture at the request of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Between 2014 and 2021, she held the position of Director of Culture, Science, and Society at the University of Lyon, implementing a policy of disseminating territorialized scientific culture through the Pop'sciences portal, a "science shop" that experiments with participatory research and maintains a platform on research ethics, scientific integrity, and social responsibility. Since 2021, as Director of Science and Society at the University Lumière Lyon 2, specializing in Humanities and Social Sciences, she oversees the Lyon Science Boutique, the institution's scientific mediation policy, the University of All Ages, the Mold Museum, the Incubator, and the department of continuing and alternate education. Throughout her training and professional career, Florence has always reconciled expertise, research, and programming with major projects on the themes of knowledge circulation, the relationship between science and society, cultural mediation, and museographic evolution.

10 April 2024

Training Session for Policymakers in Olomouc Region

On 10 April, a training session on data presentation and visualisation in ArcGIS Online was organised by the Department of Geoinformatics at Palacký University Olomouc. The training provided policymakers from the Olomouc Region and the Statutory City of Olomouc with a new set of skills in presenting open data by introducing new forms of visualisation. The participants (16 in total) also learned about effective alternatives for internal communication. The software used was ArcGIS Pro and Esri Storymaps. The research team at UP gained valuable insights, and the exchange of community knowledge during the training enhanced new perspectives in geoinformatics.

Picture: Palacky University Olomouc 

12 March 2024, Brussels, Belgium

A new Boost for Europe's Green Transition with R&I


With the 2023 revision of the European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan, the European Commission has identified the financial, political and societal challenges that need to be addressed in order to promote the development and establishment of key technologies for the Green transition. The promotion of new technologies is a cross-cutting task for EU institutions, national governments, businesses and science alike. 

The event brings together researchers from the technical, economic and social sciences with representatives of the European Commission to discuss technical innovations for green transition and the political and financial frameworks for the developement and application of key technologies.

28 February 2024, Olomouc, Czech Republic

Discussion: Identification of internal issues in the process of “opening” the data

On 28 February, the Pairing Scheme at Palacký University Olomouc was officially launched with a discussion on the process of 'opening' the data and its internal issues, specifics, risks, and expectations both within the university and among the public institutions involved in the project. The overall aim of the discussion was to understand the current practices regarding the acquisition and processing of different types of data, share experiences, and set common mid-term goals. The discussion was opened by presentations from UP, Olomouc Region, and Statutory City of Olomouc, followed by a brainstorming session. 

16 February 2024, Treviso, Italy

Bridging Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence

The workshop provided a platform for reflecting on various aspects of sustainability issues and exploring innovative tools that facilitate the analysis of their complexity. The objective was to tackle challenges arising from the economy and society while assessing the potential contributions that new tools can offer.
The event was divided into two parts. In the morning, there were contributions from the economic and institutional sectors related to the local area. In the afternoon followed the presentation of scientific contributions.

Further information can be found in the programme and on the website.

8 February 2024, virtual event, Spain

Presentation of SIMIL Programme and ENGAGEgreen

The BETA Technological Center of UVIC-UCC was invited to present our Pairing Scheme - the "SIMIL Programme" - during the online final event of the project ECOPAP. This project, managed by the CREDA research center is focused on promoting solutions that help to face the challenge of managing plastic waste from the agri-food sector. In this online event BETA presented the methodology of the Pairing Scheme and results of the 2023 edition on the topic of municipal organic waste management, but also introduced the upcoming ENGAGEgreen Pairing Schemes  on new topics in 2024 and 2025.


24 - 26 January 2024

Kick-off meeting at the Université Lumière Lyon 2

The ENGAGE green project consortium met for the first time in person in Lyon on January 24-26, 2024. For almost three days, we talked about our planned science-policy dialogue initiatives, best practices, and how to institutionalise policy engagement at universities. It was exciting to learn, how the Science Shop at Université Lumière Lyon 2, the transdisciplinary modules co-organised by Professor Simon Gadras, and the Public Factory at Sciences Po Lyon create significant opportunities for university students to conduct policy-oriented projects. We thank our colleagues at Université Lumière Lyon 2 for hosting the kick-off meeting!

19 January 2024

Early-career researchers meet policymakers

On 19 January 2024, 32 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers from various academic disciplines from the Rhine-Main-Universities met policymaking professionals. Seven policymaking professionals from the Darmstadt Regional Council, the German Foreign Federal Office, the Hessian Ministry of Economics, the Hessian Ministry of Environment, the State Chancellery Rhineland-Palatinate, the Ministry of Finance of Rhineland-Palatinate, and the Ministry of Economics and Labour from Baden-Württemberg informed the early career researchers about their need for academic expertise, about knowledge-exchange formats, and about how academic expertise can better reach policymaking professionals in ministries. The policymaking professionals also discussed how research experience can help early-career researchers start professional careers in the public sector.