Research for society
Research can transform a country. But how do research institutions and society work together most effectively for mutual benefit? The University of Malta is excited to host the 4th annual NUCLEUS conference (funded by Horizon 2020) that will try and answer this question. The conference is taking place from the 11–12 October (University of Malta, Valletta campus).
The NUCLEUS project, funded by the EU, is a four-year study exploring how to best embed a culture of responsible research and innovation (RRI) and making this part of the governance and practice of research institutions. Whilst addressing pertinent issues such as gender equality and ethics, RRI seeks to forge a closer relationship with the public to meet societal needs. The University of Malta is one of ten partners across three continents that have spent several years analysing research policies, effective public engagement methods and beneficial practices for society.
This conference marks the beginning of the final stage of the NUCLEUS project and will focus on lessons learned, recommendations for moving forward and sustainable practices to ensure longevity beyond the project’s lifetime.
Keynote speakers include Dr Giulia Bubbolini, head of EU projects at the Italian Centre for Innovation and Economic Development (CISE), who will open the conference with a discussion on how research can result in meaningful public policies that benefit society. Dr Paul Manners, Director of the National Centre for Co-ordination of Public Engagement (UK), will give a talk on rethinking public engagement efforts that result in necessary cultural shifts. Maria Acaso, leader of the Educational Revolution with Arts, will talk about how art and academia can be bridged to reform education.
Concurrent workshop topics include sharing RRI best practice, how to prepare communities for engaging with institutions, public engagement through the arts and embedding RRI into curricula.
Registration is free and the deadline is 5 October. Please follow the link: [http://www.nucleus-project.eu/registration/] For more information, please contact Nika Levikov [firstname.lastname@example.org].
The NUCLEUS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 664932. The project is coordinated by Rhine-Waal University, Germany.