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Parallels Sessions I – 1.1 Horizon Talks

May 15 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Faciliator: Kenneth Skeldon

Philipp Burkard, Foundation Science et Cité, Switzerland

The case of Switzerland – how to deal with identity and identities all the time

Switzerland lies in the middle of Europe and it is a melting pot of german, french, italian and nowadays a lot of other cultures and languages from all over the world. The question of identity and coherence plays a role all the time – in politics but also in daily life. Also, in science communication we feel the differences – we use different terms for it, the concepts are sometimes different, and projects often have to be adapted to the regional circumstances. I will present some general features of this topic – and give specific examples for it from the point of view of the national organization Science et Cité.

Switzerland is sometimes seen as Europe in a nutshell (even if it is not a member of the EU!). And perhaps as an innovative model for a future, more democratic Europe? As an example I can show how the national organization Science et Cité deals with the challenges of multilingual and multicultural contexts.

Anne Kearns, School of Education’s Science and Society Research Group, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Emma Clarke, ADAPT, SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology, Ireland

Steps from Fragmentation to Deliberation: Practical tips for creating more inclusive spaces to build confidence in diverse participants to share insights

This talk explores creating inclusive spaces for dialogue, transcending divisions for collaborative solutions. Practical steps, including setting expectations, using conversation codes, and follow-up, ensure diverse communities feel safe in contributing to research. These methods, developed in collaboration with deaf communities (SignON Project), marginalized groups, and rural aging communities, foster inclusion in citizen science and participatory research. Sharing procedures and tips, we encourage practitioners to plan engagements inclusively, fostering a sense of belonging and enabling full participation. Attendees will gain ‘Top Tips’ for inclusive engagement, including setting expectations and post-interaction follow-up, facilitating meaningful contributions on diverse topics like facial recognition and digital health.



May 15
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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