Awareness, engagement and well-being
REIsearch is a European platform co-funded by the European Commission to link researchers, citizens and policy makers. By gathering knowledge and experience from citizens and researchers on European society’s most pressing problems, policy makers will obtain a better insight on a given issue, helping them in bringing the best solution for the society’s benefit. In return, citizens will feel more engaged into society decisions concerning them and have more trust towards policy makers for this transparent and open approach. On REIsearch website, people have the opportunity to join weekly debates and discussions through “Threads” to “let policy makers across Europe know” what they think and how they would improve their everyday well-being. In addition, a lot of related articles are available on the website as people wish to gain awareness about those societal issues.
The importance of Science in Policy Making
A lot of specialists insist on this essential point: Policy Making needs Science! Crucial decisions can’t be taken while ignoring science, and a problem can’t be put aside just by saying “I’m not a scientist“. Such a European platform aims to facilitate policy making because all the parts can actively collaborate on finding solutions: scientists highlight their important advances for all audiences, and citizens and policy makers give their opinion on the related issues. In this way, European policy makers from the European Commission and Parliament have better knowledge of societal challenges and may be able to take more appropriate decisions.
Within Horizon 2020 projects
Targeting policy makers is part of the Impact Section of every Horizon 2020 project. Indeed, it’s essential to make sure that stakeholders acting in a given community understand the issues daily faced by researchers and are aware of which solutions can be developed, so the decisions they take will lead the project even more further. Within the European projects, we give policy makers the regular feedbacks they need to design and implement the most suitable solutions.
As examples, policy making will impact the adjustment of European funds during the project implementation time. It will also play a role in raising public awareness, so they become even more implied in the changing process.
Stay tuned for more on our policy makers targeting strategy for Horizon 2020 projects.
Read more about Policy Making for Science:
Policy Making needs Science [Science Mag]
I’m not a scientist [Huffington Post]
The Parliament Magazine issue of February [Parliament Magazine]
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