A new MMLAP Area for the discussion of best practices

A MMLAP (Mobilization and Mutual Learning Action Plan) Area has been activated within the Community of Practice of the ASSET website: this area is planned to stimulate the debate between the ASSET consortium and other MMLAP projects on the Best practices to develop and implement the communication between science and society.

“Society engagement is a necessary condition to address societal challenges. It is in the same vein that the MMLs have been designed by the Commission. The aim of MMLs is to create mechanism to address societal challenges, to bring together a wide range of actors, to develop mutual understanding and joint solutions” .

To start the exchange of best practices, two webinar have been organized on June 3rd and July 7th, to activate a first contact between MML projects in view of the creation of an internal area for the debate. Besides ASSET, the webinars were joined by these projects: BEWATER, GAP2, PERARES, SIFORAGE, SYN-ENERGENE. The same projects, with the addition of the RNDIALOGUE and SATORI are represented in the MMLAP Area.

During the webinar, different methods targeted on different stakeholders have been introduced and discussed, like, to mention some of them, local workshops managed in local languages to better involve the communities in the debate; Science Shops to promote science with and for society; an Artistic festival to talk about biology; a set of activities focused on some specific issues (and not on the whole subject of the project) to stimulate a real participation; a twofold approach based on influencing actions to promote dialogue and demonstration actions to promote participation.

The projects represented are very different in terms of issues treated, because the debate should  mainly focus on the methodology adopted to achieve specific goals in various fields such as environment, education, agriculture, etc. (e.g., what works and what does not work in participatory practices, training, and communication with stakeholders). Also, the state of art of the projects involved is quite various (some are at the beginning, some are now working on the development of the Action Plans, some are already or almost concluded). This variety is an essential condition to have a stimulating and complete debate on the best practices to adopt.

The discussion and the collection of useful material continues now on the online forum that has just been activated in the ASSET website.

MMLAP and other EU Projects

Health system analysis to support capacity development in response to the threat of pandemic influenza in Asia
Making society an active participant in water adaptation to global change
Public Participation in Developing a Common Framework for Assessment and Management of Sustainable Innovation
Effective communication in outbreak management: development of an evidence-based tool for Europe
Developing the framework for an epidemic forecast infrastructure
European monitoring of excess mortality for public health action
Modelling the spread of pandemic influenza and strategies for its containment and mitigation
Cost-effectiveness assessment of european influenza human pandemic alert and response strategies
Bridging the gap between science, stakeholders and policy makers
Promotion of immunization for health professionals in Europe
Towards inclusive research programming for sustainable food innovations
Medical ecosystem – personalized event-based surveillance
Studying the many and varied economic, social, legal and ethical aspects of the recent developments on the Internet, and their consequences for the individual and society at large
Knowledge-based policy-making on issues involving science, technology and innovation, mainly based upon the practices in Parliamentary Technology Assessment
Assessment of the current pandemic preparedness and response tools, systems and practice at national, EU and global level in priority areas
Analysis of innovative public engagement tools and instruments for dynamic governance in the field of Science in Society
Public Engagement with Research And Research Engagement with Society
Computing Veracity – the Fourth Challenge of Big Data
Providing infrastructure, co-ordination and integration of existing clinical research networks on epidemics and pandemics
Creating mechanisms for effectively tackling the scientific and technology related challenges faced by society
Improving respect of ethics principles and laws in research and innovation, in line with the evolution of technologies and societal concerns
Creating a structured dialogue and mutual learning with citizens and urban actors by setting up National Networks in 10 countries across Europe
Identifying how children can be change agents in the Science and Society relationship
Establishing an open dialogue between stakeholders concerning synthetic biology’s potential benefits and risks
Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence