Nano2All in the 2018 Ecsite Annual Conference

1,182 professionals from 58 countries gathered in Geneva, Switzerland for the 29th edition of the Ecsite Conference. The 2018 theme was “Creative collisions” and the event offered a platform for the NANO2ALL project to present its results to date and build synergies with other initiatives on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), stakeholder engagement and tools for reflecting about the future.

Project Showcase

At the long-running project showcase, a replica of Doctor Plupp (an object imagined and made by citizens in Sweden in the framework of the NANO2ALL project) stole the show, taking the stage to introduce the citizen and multi-stakeholder dialogues organised by 6 Ecsite sciences centres and museums throughout 2017 and 2018. The presentation focused on the project’s dialogue methodologies as a way to engage creatively with the future of novel technologies and as an entry point to discussions on societal values, needs and concerns.

Edgy workshop on grasping the future

In a hands-on workshop organized by the Joint Research Centre of the EC, participants got a taste of the NANO2ALL scenario exploration game. This playful tool was developed for the NANO2ALL’s stakeholder dialogues to trigger a discussion on the future of the nanotechnology research and innovation system. Participants of the workshop did not only get to see the NANO2ALL version of the game but also participated actively in prototyping a new version of the scenario exploration game, focusing on the future of science centers. The session helped participants to understand how they could build their own scenario exploration game and sparked participant’s curiosity about how this game could be used as a tool in their own projects and work fields.

Reverse session on the role of science centers as stakeholder interaction platforms

NANO2ALL hosted a reverse session in which we, together with the participants, created a learning agenda for science centers as interaction and dialogue platforms in RRI contexts. In small discussion groups, participants exchanged learning experiences, barriers and opportunities related to 1) promoting democratic engagement, 2) the required capacities to host and facilitate dialogue, 3) fitting dialogue activities into the reality of science center programming, and 4) linking dialogue outcomes to policy-making and action. At the end of the session, participants were challenged to capture the essence of their exchanges in a collaborative “tableau vivant”. A playful way to summarize a fruitful session on a topic of serious importance!


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