The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT) has 30 years of experience in developing and implementing methods of public engagement in research and innovation. We work continuously to improve the interaction between science and society through multi-actor approaches, societal engagement, stakeholder engagement, citizens’ dialogue, policy dialogues, and more. We pioneered ground-breaking methods such as the consensus conference, the citizens’ summit, the future panel, and the World Wide Views method. We are proud to say that we have helped decision-makers in all corners of Europe to balance opportunities against risk and values against interests in the interfaces between science and society. We do our work in fields as diverse as ICT development, cognitive science, climate change adaptation, biodiversity governance, science communication, pandemics response governance, and more.
When we participate in European R&I projects, we deliver:
- Public engagement and citizen participation
We design and facilitate engagement processes – upstream, downstream and in-between – for all types of research and innovation
- Stakeholder dialogue
We provide processes and platforms to connect research and innovation projects with potential users and concerned parties to maximize impact and avoid unintended consequences.
- Strategies for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
We design and implement RRI strategies for research and innovation projects at all scales – from small collaborative projects to flagship initiatives.
- Research and evaluation
We study and evaluate new and emerging approaches to public engagement, stakeholder dialogue, science-in-society policy, and governance of research and innovation.
- Training and tools
We provide training and toolboxes for public engagement in science and RRI for both young and senior researchers, innovators, administrators, funders, and others.
- Digital solutions
We continuously develop and implement new digital tools to support public engagement and citizen participation.
Our experience in European research and innovation
We see the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation as a unique environment that allows us to share our experiences and learn from others across Europe and beyond. For this reason, our involvement in European collaborative research has grown continuously since we first dipped our toes in the European pool back in the 1990s. We have thus coordinated numerous projects under H2020 (SocKETs, Territoria, Rethink, Licrox, Sinfonia, FETA, Pro-Ethics, CIMULACT, RiConfigure, GoNano, ECO2), FP7 (PACITA, Engage2020, DESSI), FP6 (CIVISTI), FP5 (EUROPTA).
Moreover, the DBT has participated as partner and work package leader in several other European research projects, such as Human Brain Project, SurPRISE, SATORI, Res-AGora, Foresight, BASE, CASI, SUBSOL, EUth, and ASSET.
Our involvement in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
In the latter years, we have followed closely and contributed extensively to the development of the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). We have especially sought to ensure that the mainstreaming of public engagement, which the RRI approach involves, starts from and improves upon the state-of-the-art. To this end, we – along with our international partners – have developed toolboxes and training programs for public engagement and multi-stakeholder dialogue in relation to European R&I projects and other platforms for science with and for society. We work actively to make these products live on and shape engagement practice in European research and innovation. And we welcome any chance to collaborate on the implementation of public engagement and RRI in research and innovation projects.
The DBT has for more than 10 years developed ICT tools for the support of face-to-face participatory projects, including DoingForesight.org (foresight project ex-ante/ex-post project evaluation tool), DESSI (societal multi-criteria assessment tool), CoNote (co-writing minutes at large-scale meetings), WWViews Platform (coordinating large-scale meetings worldwide and providing statistics of citizens’ answers) and most recently the GlobalSay platform, which is a modular toolbox for e-participation, including functions such as online coordination of participants and multi-language multi-site small-scale meetings, providing online training, facilitation and gathering answers/assessments.
Our role in European projects
We participate in European R&I projects as coordinators or partners depending on the needs of each particular project. Over the years we have built a strong network of excellent partners with whom we are lucky to work on a regular basis. At the same time, we are always looking for new acquaintances just as we are always eager to see new perspectives on the relations between science, innovation, public policy, and the views and values of citizens.
Get in touch
If for any reason you think that we might help you and your project to better engage with the public, policymakers, or other stakeholders, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.