Societal Engagement implies:
- The establishment of iterative and inclusive participatory multi-actor dialogues between researchers, policy makers, industry and civil society organisations, NGOs, and citizens;
- To foster mutual understanding and co-create research and innovation outcomes and policy agendas effective in tackling societal challenges
- Fostering wider acceptability of results.
Societal engagement leads to multiple benefits:
- It contributes to building a more scientifically literate society able to actively participate in and support democratic processes, and science and technology developments;
- It injects differing perspectives and creativity in research design and results;
- It contributes to fostering more societally relevant and desirable research and innovation outcomes to help us tackle societal challenges.