Current Projects

Inclusive Science and European Democracies (ISEED)

  • Dates: 02/021/2021 – 01/31/2024
  • Topic: SU-GOVERNANCE-21-2020 – Developing deliberative and participatory democracies through experimentation
  • Participants: 11
  • More informationhttps://iseedeurope.eu/

Summary:

The objective of ISEED is to identify, through an analysis of a variety of types of, and experiments in, public engagement on science-related questions and activities, generalizable characteristics and conditions that cultivate active and productive citizen participation in public deliberation. The aim is to construct a novel concept of ‘deliberative participation’ designed to enhance both the quality and the legitimacy of political decision-making, by focusing on the importance of knowledge-based deliberation. ISEED will build on and extend existing experience in the field of citizen science to explore the conditions under which participative and deliberative practices can be successfully implemented for the purpose of building forms of knowledge-based democratic governance complementary to political representation in democratic societies. ISEED combines theoretical analysis, empirical research, and small-scale experiments. It will reassess the role of the public sphere to include a novel notion of deliberative participation in a plurality of publics and counter publics. It will empirically explore how current practices of citizen participation in science can offer innovative methods to confront and overcome a number of current obstacles faced by democratic participation and decision making. It will develop a new tool to describe styles of argumentation in traditional and digital media and analyze the role of emotion and reason in polarised debates on contemporary scientific issues. The ISEED consortium, committed to multi and inter-disciplinary research, aims to deliver scalable results to foster deliberative democratic processes in Europe and other knowledge societies.

INTEGRITY

  • Dates: 01/10/2018 – 08/31/2021
  • Member of the External Council of the project: Gema Revuelta

Summary:

The INTEGRITY project of the Erasmus + program addresses the need to promote integrity in secondary and secondary education in Europe, which involves a commitment to intellectual honesty and individual responsibility. For this, the project led by the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) aims to develop and implement codes of conduct related to comprehensive research, to be used by students, researchers and education managers. Thus, it proposes to generate a change of behavior in students of all levels, who will be aware of the importance of responsibility in research.

The project will carry out training in Integral Research through blended courses that will offer tools to reflect and evaluate research practices in the light of integrality. The courses will allow students and researchers to become aware of what “good conduct” means in research and be able to recognize problem situations, identify how to discuss these situations with peers and design strategies to deal with them. The goal of INTEGRITY in the long term is to integrate its results into the curriculum of all university degrees in Europe.

UPF participates in this project through the researcher Gema Revuelta, who composes the three-member Advisory Board that reviews and guides the actions within the consortium, and participates in its dissemination.

 

SUPER_MoRRI: Scientific Understanding and Provision of an Enhanced and Robust Monitoring system for RRI

  • Dates: 1/1/2019 – 1/1/2024
  • Topic: SwafS-21-2018 – Advancing the Monitoring of the Evolution and Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Members: 9
  • More informationhttps://super-morri.eu/

Summary:

The bigger the role research and innovation plays, the more important it is to monitor its integration and responsible use. There’s a need for new policies and methods of transformation of the research and innovation (R&I) system comprising those of responsible research and innovation (RRI). Building on the achievements of the MoRRI project, which conceived and delivered the first RRI monitoring system in Europe, the EU-funded SUPER_MoRRI project will work to secure sustained data collection, curation, further evaluation and clarification of the MoRRI indicators. It will also develop a more complete scientific understanding of the complicated and diverse relationships between RRI policies and practices and their societal and economic impact. SUPER_MoRRI will strive to create a mature monitoring system with robust, realistic and easy to implement indicators and metrics.

Analysis of citizen participation in science in Spain

  • Dates: 01/01/2018 – 03/31/2019
  • Researchers at UPF: Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente

The objective of this study is to identify inspiring practices of citizen participation in science that have been carried out in the Spanish territory during the period 2015-2017. It is a project that brings together two basic points for the development of society: the need to promote scientific culture and citizen participation. Involving citizens allows them to take more responsibility in decision-making and take their opinion into account.

This study is funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) with official reference FCT-17-12472.

 

Reconfiguring Research and Innovation Constellations (RiConfigure)

  • Dates: 05/01/2018 – 04/30/2021
  • Principal investigator of the UPF: Gema Revuelta
  • More information: https://riconfigure.eu/

The RiConfigure project wants to favor the diversification of the groups involved in research and innovation (R & I) through the participation of several stakeholders and the dissemination and education among professionals and legislators. The project will develop four Social Laboratories (“Social Labs”) focused on the participation, respectively, of people from research, industry, the public sector and civil society. Each group will explore how to initiate and develop trans-sectoral collaborations in R & I. The project will be complemented with more than one hundred empirical case studies, which will serve the project to develop a conceptual framework to favor new collaborations in R & I.

Fostering a Next Generation of European Photovoltaic Society through Open Science (GRECO)

  • Dates: 06/01/2018 – 05/31/2021
  • Principal investigator of the UPF: Gema Revuelta

The GRECO project wants to put Open Science into practice through a research project in photovoltaic energy. GRECO wants to demonstrate that greater social support leads to an increase in the use and integration in the electricity grid of photovoltaic technology. Thus, with an approach based on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase the useful life of technology, reduce its costs with higher performance and bring innovations in agriculture and architecture.

Link to the GRECO website: https://www.greco-project.eu/

Link to the Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8GHEox39_lmkV_gB_BLMew

 

Quiral project

Analysis of health and medicine information published in conventional media (press, radio and television) and social networks. Emerged from a joint initiative between the Vila Casas Foundation and the Pompeu Fabra University.

It has become an important sociological instrument: an annual reference of the major concerns of our society in the health field and its impact on the media.