Fondazione Giannino Bassetti
Parque Científico de Alicante
In today’s rapidly changing global economy, knowledge valorisation has become increasingly important. It is crucial for driving economic growth and job creation, addressing societal challenges, and maximising the impact of public investment in research and innovation. However, the role of citizens, local communities and civil society in knowledge valorisation remains limited and are rarely involved beyond the role of end users or testers at the very end of innovation pathways.
CO-VALUE project is focused on the idea of “making results work for society” and embraces a co-valorisation approach that sees citizens and communities as key actors of knowledge valorisation processes, at the same level as any other science-innovation stakeholder. All project activities are dedicated to fostering, strengthening, enhancing, and empowering knowledge co-valorisation across Europe and beyond.
Two territories (Alicante in Spain and Emilia Romagna in Italy) will carry out various types of co-valorisation experiments. In each territory, quadruple-helix stakeholders from the research & innovation ecosystem will be involved in the co-design and implementation of co-valorisation leading to tangible changes.
Moreover, the transfer of best practices and skills will be guaranteed by a comprehensive scheme of capacity building, peer learning and shadowing opportunities, both at local and international level. The project will thus address the limited availability of best practices, knowledge sharing and training opportunities around societal engagement in knowledge valorisation.
“It is inspiring to contribute to a scientific research environment that remains anchored in the realities and interests of a variety of individuals. Collaborating with the public takes your scientific knowledge off the beaten track and challenges you to take a creative approach to your scientific practice. Go ahead: once you try participatory research, you won’t look back!”
At Stickydot, Florence provides support on citizen science and public engagement projects. Florence has been applying participatory approaches in the fields of environment and public health for over five years. She cares deeply about making every step of a scientific research project inclusive, creative and sustainable.