As European Researchers’ Night kicks off today (Friday 30 September) in 250 cities around Europe, we take a look at just a few of the activities that will be sparking the interest of members of the public in other countries and showing what researchers really do for society in a fun and engaging way.
To help bring RRI to life, the RRI Tools project has identified eight showcases, which are good examples of RRI in practice. We will introduce you to each of these, explaining what it is and why they are good representatives of RRI.
In the last two weeks of September, more than 3,000 Swedish pupils will be out on the hunt, with their mobile phones at the ready. Pokémon? No, notice boards! In the Notice Board mass experiment, researchers and pupils will be undertaking pioneering research together.
Pupils who have a greater understanding of science and the ability to think like a scientist. This is the result when schools themselves get to invite researchers to assist pupils in the classroom, according to a recent evaluation of the Swedish project School Meets Science.
In response to a call for evidence from the European Commission on creating new metrics and evaluation for open science, VA (Public & Science) foresees a more accountable and transparent research system in Europe and recognises the potential of altmetrics for measuring science-society interaction.
The EC call on Next-generation altmetrics invited stakeholders across Europe to share insights and evidence to inform the work of its Open Science Policy Platform and a new expert group whose role is to advise on the role of metrics and altmetrics in the development of its agenda for open science and research. Here is VA’s response to the call for evidence.