This September and October will see the gathering of more than 1000 citizens, policymakers, and stakeholders from across Europe to prioritise a future agenda for research and policymaking in the European Union.
UCC are currently seeking 50 citizens, policymakers, and stakeholders in Ireland to meet on UCC campus on the 2nd September to meet discuss the future of research in the EU, focusing particularly on the theme of “Holistic Health and Technology Empowerment.”
This citizen consultation is part of CIMULACT, a three-year project funded by the European Commission that stands for Citizens and Multi-actor Consultation on Horizon 2020. It is aimed at improving policy-making processes concerning issues relating to science, technology and innovation. The aim is to collect the needs and concerns of the Irish people for the world in 20-30 years. The output from this event will be delivered to the EU Commission in October, and will directly feed into research funding calls and policymaking agendas over time.
For those who are interested in taking part, the organisers would like to state that “you do NOT need any special knowledge about healthcare and technology empowerment in order to participate. The idea is to bring the views of ordinary citizens, as well as policymakers and stakeholders to the decision makers. We will prepare you with basic knowledge before the meeting by sending out informative material.”
The consultation runs in UCC main campus from 09.00am to 4.30pm on Friday 2nd September, with a particular focus on creating visions for a desirable future. Refreshments and lunch will be served during the day. Attendance at the consultation workshop is free. However, enrolment is necessary and needs to be received before 26th August 2016.
Who is behind the event?
University College Cork (UCC) is ranked in the top two percent globally in the QS World University Rankings and was the first university in Ireland to be awarded five-star status. With an enrolment of almost 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, UCC has developed a research capability to match this size, regularly capturing the largest share in research income of any Irish university, around €80 million per year. UCC is an internationally competitive, research-led University that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. UCC research strategy is focused on creating major centres of excellence for world-class research and is closely aligned with key government policies and national and international research activity.