Public engagement (PE) in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is about co-creating the future with citizens and civil society organisations, and also bringing on board the widest possible diversity of actors that would not normally interact with each other, on matters of science and technology.
Public engagement (PE) leads to multiple benefits:
- it contributes to building a more scientifically literate society able to actively participate in and support democratic processes, and science and technology developments,
- it injects differing perspectives and creativity in research design and results, and
- it contributes to fostering more societally relevant and desirable research and innovation outcomes to help us tackle societal challenges.
- the establishment of iterative and inclusive participatory multi-actor dialogues between researchers, policy makers, industry and civil society organisations, NGOs, and citizens;
- to foster mutual understanding and co-create research and innovation outcomes and policy agendas effective in tackling societal challenges, and
- fostering wider acceptability of results.