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New publication: What are citizens’ views on public engagement with research?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approaches share the idea that societal actors, including citizens, need to work together during the research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with society's values, needs and expectations. The paper addresses the question of what motivates or prevents citizens from participating in research dialogue processes. The paper shows that:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Paper: Trust and counter-expertise in nuclear debates

What role does ideological trust in institutions such as the state play in the emergence of civil society "vigilance" and the dynamics of the (de)politicization of nuclear debates? This paper explores this question by comparing four countries with different trust profiles: Finland as a “high trust society”, France and Spain as “societies of mistrust”, and Germany as an intermediate case. The result shows that strong ideological trust in the state hindered the development of mistrustful counter-expertise in Finland but created a basis for its emergence in France and Germany.

Case studies on the integration of hard-to-reach target groups in innovation processes

Using two case studies as examples, the handout describes ways, methods and results of cooperative innovation processes (co-creation) with target groups for which specific forms of participation are necessary from a practical and content-related perspective. These are, on the one hand, low-income families and, on the other hand, blind people and people with limited vision. The report highlights the potential for innovation through inclusive co-creation, which opens up new market opportunities for companies through products and solutions designed to meet special needs of these people.

New project: ENRICH – Energy consumption and resource efficiency of IT technologies

The development and dissemination of new digital hardware and applications has been taking place at enormous speed for decades. However, what about resource efficiency and sustainability of innovations in the field of information technology and computing centers? This question is at the heart of the ENRICH research project, which investigates the impact of digitization on energy and resource consumption in German State of Baden-Württemberg.

Webinar: How blind and visually impaired people can co-create innovations

The LIV_IN project invites interested people from all sectors to the following webinar in May:

How can blind and visually impaired people co-create innovations?

Webinar on May, 25th 2021, 4pm CEST

Two case studies will be used to discuss how co-creation between experts and citizens works and why it is worth considering inclusive innovations with blind and visually impaired people. In addition, the “7 practical points” for facilitating a workshop with this specific target group will be presented.

Co-Creation Toolkit: Designing innovations cooperatively among industry and citizens

How can companies and citizens work together to develop innovations? How can they capture and consider each other' s needs and requirements for new technologies? The Co-Creation Toolkit uses the experience gained in 19 industry-citizen workshops in the LIV_IN project and provides general recommendations for involving users in a commercial Research & Development-Project. It is addressed to all those who are interested in involving laypersons in order to jointly design products and services in a more customer-friendly way and in the sense of RRI.

Energy transition and social conflicts: Kick-off of the new project SyKonaS

On April 30, 2021, the kick-off of the BMWi-funded project SyKonaS - Systemic Conflict Analysis using Scenario Techniques took place. DIALOGIK is a project partner in SyKonaS, which is coordinated by ZIRIUS (University of Stuttgart). The project addresses the existing research gap of a systemic and prospective view of societal conflicts of the energy transition.

Webinar: How low-income families can co-create innovations

The LIV_IN project invites interested people from all sectors to the following webinar in April:

How can low-income families co-create innovations?

Webinar on 28 April 2021, 3pm CEST

Two case studies will show how co-creation between experts and citizens works and why it is worth considering inclusive innovations with low-income families.

Other exciting topics of the webinar:

Working paper on perception of hydrogen in Germany published

Hydrogen is expected to play a key role in the further development and completion of the German energy transition. But what are citizens' attitudes towards this technology? In a meta-study conducted as part of the H2-Wyhlen project, DIALOGIK comparatively evaluated representative surveys on the perception of hydrogen in Germany. The results show a high degree of openness towards hydrogen, which citizens consider to be an environmentally and climate-friendly energy with a low risk potential (working paper available in German only).

Published article on risk communication and dealing with multi-risks

The recently published journal article “Participatory Assessment of Multi Risks in Urban Regions – The Case of Critical Infrastructures in Metropolitan Lima” describes a participatory approach to dealing with multi-risks using the example of the Lima metropolitan region, Peru. Co-authors Christian D. León and Gisela Wachinger from DIALOGIK look in particular at the question of what the barriers are in stakeholder communication.

GAIA Masters Student Paper Award 2021 held again with the support of DIALOGIK

The results of the 2021 GAIA Masters Student Paper Award have now been announced. Every year, the international journal GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society invites Masters students to participate in the GAIA Masters Student Paper Award. Masters students are encouraged to submit their results from research-based courses or Masters theses in the field of transdisciplinary environmental and sustainability science.

HIDALGO presented studies on "Tackling Global Challenges with High Performance Computing"

A group of scientists from the EU-funded project HIDALGO collaboratively organised a workshop to discuss pressing issues like the spread of diseases (COVID-19), climate change, air pollution, forced migration, or false and misleading information on twitter and other channels. The speakers showed that HPC, HPDA and Artificial Intelligence could form a pathway to accurately model, simulate, and also to provide forecasts (e.g. for movement patterns of refugees and logistics of aid).

New project: Regulatory Sandbox H2-Wyhlen - Green hydrogen for the energy transition

Hydrogen (H2) produced with renewable energy is a key technology for the low-CO2 provision of electricity, heat and mobility. However, there are still many technical, economic and social challenges to be solved so that green hydrogen can become a supporting pillar of a renewable energy system. The H2-Wyhlen project, a regulatory sandbox of the energy transition, starting on 1 January 2021, aims to develop an economic overall concept for the use of green hydrogen. The involvement of regional stakeholders and citizens is also crucial.

Research project Citizens' Dialogue Nuclear Energy (1974-1983) – „Lessons from the past“

In summer 2020 a new project started at DIALOGIK, and the topic "Citizens' Dialogue Nuclear Energy (1974 – 1983)“ shows the emphasis on historic work. The three partners - IZT Berlin, the Gorleben Archive e.V. and DIALOGIK – will analyse the process of civic participation at that time in order to gain knowledge for the current process of selecting a site for the final storage of high level nuclear waste.

Working papers on sustainable mobility in the Ruhr Area published

What is the number of ways that citizens travel in the course of a week? For what purposes are they travelling? And what means of transport do they use? Over 70 residents of Oberhausen, Essen/Bottrop, Recklinghausen/Castrop-Rauxel and Dortmund have kept a travel diary on these and other dimensions of their mobility. In this way, data on 2,125 individual routes could be recorded.

Results of the NEMO project – changing mobility in the Ruhr area

The mega-project “Emscherumbau” in the German Ruhr area has been showing its effects for a while now: nature is returning to the urban areas, recreational paths are opening up the watercourses, and the northern Ruhr area is once again coming into focus as a region worth living in. What does this mean for the development of the region in the long turn? And how can this dynamic be successfully used for a mobility turn in the coming years?