Open innovation and science communication

The fourth workshop of the CoRRI Forum’s second cycle of workshops addressed the practice of open innovation and science communication in co-creation.

To round up the second cycle of the CoRRI Forum, the fourth workshop gathered three SISCODE labs – Biosense (Serbia), Maker (Denmark) and Traces (France) as presenters and two SISCODE partners as moderators – THESS-AHALL (Greece) and Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (Portugal) on 10 November. The workshop lasted two hours and was attended by seven participants from Argentina, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Belgium, among others.

After a quick introduction to the SISCODE project and its outputs, the floor was given to the three co-creation labs, to give a brief presentation of their co-creation journey and experiences in relation to open innovation and science communication. Each presentation was followed by an exercise on Miro facilitated by the  presenters to address one pressing issue in the application of open innovation and public engagement in science communication. Each question was discussed with the participants and a diverse number of responses were provided by all the audiences. Below are the doubts investigated by the labs and participants:

Biosense addressed ‘How to involve stakeholders of different ages in a digital environment?’ The participants were quick to respond with the following:

Presentation and Exercise: Biosense

Maker followed a similar path as Biosense to address ‘How to do physical prototyping and collaboration in a digital environment?’ and some of the answers received were:

Presentation and Exercise: Maker

Traces has developed a canvas to identify examples and characteristics at the intersection (i.e. ‘gray zone’) of co-creation for social innovation and cultural activities for public engagement and science communication. Some of the participants’ contributions include examples and characteristics of the ‘gray zone’:



Presentation and Exercise: Traces

To conclude the workshop, the participants and SISCODE labs and partners developed a set of recommendations for other co-creation practitioners:

Recommendations and best practices

In conclusion, the participants were provided with an anonymous survey to share their opinions and expectations. In response, we have received in response to what the participants wish to take as the next step after the workshop were, 1) implementation of some of the recommended practices in real-life contexts with the active participation of end-users and 2) Development of visual stories, where every step of the creation of a co-creation experience is explained. The participants expressed the workshop helped them get insights on prototyping in virtual environments and learning about practical experiences.

Next steps for the CoRRI Forum

The CoRRI Forum will focus on developing a sustainable approach as an informal platform that serves to bring together like-minded co-creation practitioners, labs and initiatives to exchange and share inputs, ideas, tools and methods of co-creation, and form networks with common objectives that face towards the co-creation and RRI. More news on its development will be shared via the official website and other communication channels of the SISCODE project.

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