Under the title ‘Creative Collisions‘, the 29th edition of the Ecsite Conference will be hosted by the Natural History Museum of Geneva in partnership with CERN, University of Geneva Scienscope, and Campus Biotech.

Open to all professionals who engage audiences with science and technology, the Ecsite conference offers an intense mix of intellectual stimulation, experimental formats and inspiring human encounters. This year’s theme is “Creative collisions”. In a society where thoughts, words and deeds are increasingly standardised, placing different worldviews on a collision course can be a source of innovation and creativity. Collisions are not necessarily destructive: they can produce new elements, forms, knowledge and energies. Science engagement offers a unique space to experiment with new creative collisions between science and society, experts and amateurs, science and politics, art and science, nature and culture, science and faith, real and virtual, old and new.

HEIRRI will participate at the Conference by the hand of Carmen Fenollosa, project manager at Ecsite (member of the HEIRRI Consortium). She will present the project in the session ‘A decade of RRI: stepping stones or erratic rocks?‘ on the 7th June 2018. The session will present lessons and questions from the first-known initiative of participatory national budget for science, where citizens proposed (and voted) ideas for scientific research to be funded by the government. It will include insights from the Balkan countries, still struggling on their way to approach the EU and follow strategic R&I initiatives, and it will share experiences with dialogue arenas such as the theatrical debate. Stories will also be told from the university world, were our speakers are involved at the governance and curricula level.