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SISCODE - Co-Design for society in innovation and science

Key words: participation, European dimension, innovation, social change

Project duration: 01.05.2018 - 30.04.2021

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European Commission, Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme

SISCODE aims at stimulating the use of co-creation in policy design, using bottom-design-driven methodologies to pollinate Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Policies.

  • POLITECNICO DI MILANO - Italy (Coordination)
  • AGENZIA PER LA PROMOZIONE DELLA RICERCA EUROPEA - Italy
  • TU DORTMUND  - Germany
  • ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES - Belgium
  • STICHTING MUSEUM VOOR INDUSTRIE EN SAMENLEVING - Netherlands
  • SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVACAO - CONSULTADORIA EMPRESARIAL E FOMENTO DA INOVACAO S.A. - Portugal
  • INSTITUT D'ARQUITECTURA AVANCADA DE CATALUNYA - Spain
  • CIENCIA VIVA-AGENCIA NACIONAL PARA A CULTURA CIENTIFICA E TECNOLOGICA - Portugal
  • ASSOCIATION TRACES THEORIES ET REFLEXIONS SUR L APPRENDRE LA COMMUNICATION ET LEDUCATION SCIENTIFIQUES - France
  • ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS - Greece
  • UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON - United Kingdom
  • BIOSENSE INSTITUTE - RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATIONTECHNOLOGIES IN BIOSYSTEMS - Serbia
  • THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN - Ireland
  • KRAKOWSKI PARK TECHNOLOGICZNY SP ZOO - Poland
  • DANSK DESIGN CENTER - Denmark
  • Foreningen Maker - Denmark
  • EUROPEAN NETWORK OF LIVING LABS - Belgium

The overarching ambition of SISCODE is to better understand co-creation as a bottom-up and design-driven phenomenon that is currently flourishing in Europe (in fab labs, living labs, social innovations, smart cities, communities and regions), to analyse favourable conditions that support its scalability and replication and to use this knowledge to cross-fertilise RRI practices and policies.

In the last decade Public Engagement (PE) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) have emerged as the results of policies and initiatives demanding the early involvement of multiple actors in science and innovation, including the public. Nevertheless, the early engagement of actors is facing many challenges and PE rarely goes beyond the stage of consultation. On the other hand, the integration of co-creation in European STI policy and programmes faces barriers such as: scarce understanding of co-creation among researchers and policy makers; “sectorialised” approach to STI policy making; lack of effective knowledge to cope with constraints that hamper the co-creation process. The introduction of design methodologies and tools is emerging as a valuable approach to deal with these problems, as design has been already recognised as key to operationalise co-creation in different fields. Thanks to an iterative process centered on prototyping - co-design effectively supports co-creation to move from the ideation of new solutions and policies to their implementation.

Given this framework, SISCODE aims to understand co-creation as a bottom-up and design-driven phenomenon that is flourishing in Europe (in fab labs, living labs, social innovations, smart cities, communities and regions); to analyse favourable conditions that support its effective introduction, scalability and replication; and to use this knowledge to crossfertilise RRI practices and policies.

This purpose is articulated along three main operational objectives:

  1. to create and run a European-wide study of existing local, regional, national and European co-creation ecosystems and to describe effective dynamics and outcomes for the implementable integration of society in science and innovation. The study will analyse and compare the following: the different cultural, organisational, institutional and regulatory conditions under which co-creation flourishes; the diversities among actors and stakeholders involved (gender, culture, education and backgrounds) that favour co-creation; the typologies of challenges and the citizens they affect (including vulnerable groups, women, children, migrants etc.); and the characteristics of the co-produced solutions;
  2. to experiment with design as a new system of competences on which to build capacity for implementable co-creation in RRI and STI policy making;
  3. to understand the cultural, organisational and procedural transformations needed to embed co-creation as a design-driven approach in RRI processes and STI policy making, overcoming barriers and resistance to change.

The project is conceived as a connector that focuses on (re)constructing the missing links between strategic objectives (to make research and innovation more 'responsible'), topics and communities (domains of science and technology, groups of stakeholders, citizens and society at large), and the activities on the ground (research and innovation), which are currently often disconnected. The project will then draw lessons from past and current experiences in public engagement for STI policy making and from experimentation and action research to develop knowledge and practical recommendations on how to ensure that research and innovation outcomes serve society better.

Given this context, there is a strong rationale for configuring the project as a comprehensive European investigation of single initiatives and policy frameworks to understand what outcomes co-creation is achieving in science and innovation, and provide knowledge to better integrate it in the design of solutions and policies.

This investigation will combine two complementary processes:

  • a multi-faceted analysis and interpretation of diverse cases across Europe - triangulating results of desk and field research processes – this will create the opportunity to discover and examine best practices of co-creation in STI, drawing the most effective approaches, practices and tools
  • a pilot experimentation – involving 10 paradigmatic co-creation projects and initiatives (SISCODE Co-creation Labs) spanning across Europe and selected within the three networks of the living labs, fab labs and science centeres/museums to become project partners – which will function as a system of transnational laboratories and arenas in which to test and assess the effectiveness of the above-mentioned co-creation approaches, processes and tools

This will allow for the possibility of providing clear guidance and advice to policy makers to ensure that future policies for the inclusion of society in science and innovation consider relevant upstream and downstream factors, with the intention of setting up a framework of “implementable integration” that takes into account not only the drivers, but also relevant barriers, such as: resistance to change, lack of resources, knowledge, established practices and tools.

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Location & approach

A2:
Exit 13 (Kreuz Dortmund Nord-Ost), direction Derne/Schwerte (B236), 1st exit direction Dortmund-Eving, next traffic lights turn right (Kemminghauser Str.), after 2.7km turn left (Evinger Str./B 54), after 1.1km traffic lights turn left (Deutsche Straße), after 500m on the left is the Evinger Platz.

A40/B1/A44:
From the Bundesstraße 1 (extension A40 or A44) to the intersection B1/B236 direction Lünen, 3rd exit direction Dortmund-Eving.

A45:
Exit Dortmund Hafen, turn left until the intersection Münsterstraße (B54), direction Eving, after about three kilometers turn into Deutsche Straße.

You can download an enlarged general map here

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just about 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by subway (U-Bahn) 41. The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station. From there, you can get directly to Dortmund Central Station.

From Dortmund Central Station, take the U 41 light rail (direction Brambauer / Brechten). The stop is "Zeche Minister Stein". The Minister Stein Center is located on the right in the direction of travel of the streetcar.

You can find an overview map here.