In the position statement, Ecsite agues that citizens actively should be involved in science and innovation processes to foster a democratic and sustainable Europe. It is further stated that professional science mediators working in museums, and other science engagement organisastions, should take on the role as mediator between science and the citizens.
5 main topics are highlighted in the position paper, namely scientific careers, trust between research and society, innovation, democratic Europe and future and emerging technologies. Ecsite especially asks for
- European “Youth and Science and Technology” has to become a European flagship
- A science and society programme is required with a separate strand of funding that includes a focus on combating fake news.
- Science engagement must be recognised as an integral part of the research and innovation system.
- Innovation of science engagement approaches is needed to tackle new societal challenges
- Funding for engaging citizens with the process and outcomes of science and innovation needs a significant increase.