Moving dialogue online

Moving Dialogue Online is a series of workshops designed for professionals working in projects that connect science with society. Together we will look at how various participatory processes and dialogue events can be run online.





About the programme

This course will be useful to you if you are planning a dialogue event and now need to take the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic into account. Or maybe you intended to run an engagement process bringing people together with researchers or policymakers and are reflecting on how to adapt your plan.

This workshop series brings together professionals from different countries working on a range of projects to share insight and experiences and develop relevant skills to design and run online participatory workshops. Each session lasts two hours and is held in English on Zoom. Our sessions draw on existing good practices and research findings, both within our sector and further afield. They are dynamic and interactive, ensuring plenty of time for discussion and sharing of experiences.

Programme schedule

A shift in mindset

This session will look at the paradigm shift from engagement in-person to online. How is this change shaping our sector? What can we expect from online sessions and what are their limitations? We will explore the barriers that many of us are encountering, as well as the opportunities that this shift can offer, setting the scene for the sessions in the weeks to come.

Inclusion in digital engagement

How do we ensure we are adapting our online workshops to the needs of our participants? In our final session, we will focus on aspects of inclusion online. We will reflect on how we make spaces where participants from a whole range of backgrounds and profiles feel comfortable and safe to engage. How do we adapt our sessions to specific groups and their needs? What training is required and how do we make sure that participation is not limited due to lack of digital literacy?

Facilitation online

This is a chance to work on the skills required to facilitate an online workshop. Even if we are not in the same room, certain techniques can help to ensure a constructive atmosphere where everyone’s voice is equal. We will explore and test out a range of approaches that we can take as facilitators to break the ice, energise the group, brainstorm ideas and come to consensus. We will also look at facilitation methods to deal with particularly challenging situations such as conflict or lack of participation. Which in-person facilitation techniques translatewell to the online environment, and which fall flat?

Tools for workshops

Here we will explore a range of tools for online engagement with a focus on one-off workshops where the participants have not necessarily worked together. Zoom, Jitsi, Teams – which platform is best for what context? What about Google docs or more sophisticated tools for online collaboration such as Padlet – what should we bear in mind when opting for one or the other? We’ll open up discussion around our findings and offer you a chance to test a selection of tools and platforms during the workshop.

Tools for participatory processes

Our fourth session again looks at online tools and platforms, this time with longer-term processes in mind. What should we take into account when engaging mixed stakeholder groups alongside the public? How can digital whiteboards or collaborative tools such as Miro and Mural help us engage

stakeholder groups in co-design and deliberation processes for the first time? What training is required and how do we make sure that participation is not limited due to lack of digital literacy?

Marzia Mazzonetto - Stickydot

Marzia Mazzonetto

Co-founder & CEO

“I really enjoy how diverse my work is. Open innovation is multi-stakeholder but also multicultural, international and multilingual, providing a whole set of challenges to rise to.”

With a background in social science and science journalism, Marzia’s main areas of expertise is developing methodologies that support multi-stakeholder engagement. She is passionate about sustainable and inclusive co-creation processes leading to social innovation and participatory policies.

Michael Creek - Stickydot

Michael Creek

Co-founder & Lead Facilitator

“When it comes to facilitation, what I love is finding ways to get people talking, making everyone’s voice heard and ensuring people commit to what happens next.”

Michael focuses on facilitation and stakeholder engagement within Stickydot activities. He develops, runs and trains people in participatory formats for dialogue. One particular focus of his work is within health policy, bringing together patients, practitioners, civil society, research and industry to reach consensus on policy issues.

Maria Zolotonosa - Stickydot

Maria Zolotonosa

Co-founder & Head of Projects

“What makes my job truly wonderful and stimulating is the community of people around me. Public engagement professionals are not only open and forward-thinking but also extremely dedicated to the cause.“

Maria oversees all activities and training programmes at Stickydot. Her main areas of expertise are co-creation and public engagement processes in the context of large European projects. She is passionate about informal science learning and STEAM projects.

Florence Gignac


“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.