SiS WG Meeting
Brussels, 2nd September 2014
Kick off conference (Bxl, Oct 2010)
1st conference policy symposium (Paris, Sept 2011)
Science cities workshops (10)
Capacity building sessions (11)
3rd annual conference (Torino, June 2013)
Studies, reports, workshops
Last reports: LAP analysis and synthesis workshop (Jan
2014) report
• Recommendations from WP 7
Final conference
Bremen, March 2014
Universum science centre and site visits
+/- 300 participants
Declaration: 47 cities signed
PLACES Declaration
Recommendations by ERRIN
• Recommendation #1: The PLACES Declaration should be
publicised and the important role of science in developing
strong cities and regions in Europe should be acknowledged
by the European Commission. Although a European City of
Scientific Culture involves bottom-up thinking and actions, it
must also be supported by top-down policies and thinking
from a European perspective.
• Recommendation #2: All cities that strive to be Cities of
Scientific Culture should involve citizens in the design and
implementation of their City of Scientific Culture project. A
City of Scientific Culture should strive to retain talents. To this
end, a City of Scientific Culture creates a favourable political,
democratic, economic and social environment to its citizens
and invests in research, innovation and welfare that will
encourage talents to stay or move there.
Recommendations by ERRIN (2)
• Recommendation #3: Science communication institutions should
investigate what kind of unique and best fitting service they could
offer to the city administration that could make the collaboration
between the science communication institution and the
municipality more solid and longer-lasting and also raise the profile
of the institution in the eyes of the citizens.
• Recommendation #4: Local/regional administrations should take
the political lead of strategy design towards the City of Scientific
Culture and should develop strong partnerships to advise on
strategy design but also be able to implement the strategy. Without
a solid political support, the city cannot achieve this goal.
• Recommendation #5: Future European programmes should build
on the PLACES project to support the implementation of SWAFS
and RRI through cities and region s that have identified themselves
as ‘science friendly’ via their engagement in the PLACES project.
Sustainability, new proposal
• Consortium partner networks want to keep the
community alive
• Meeting held in May 2014
• Perugia annual conference in 2015 (own travel costs)
• No call open to set up a similar constellation
• SWAFS 2016-2017? To encourage the COM to support
the sustainability of a valuable community
• OPEN to run for 2 years by Ecsite
• New proposal on pan-European network of science
• ERRIN as leader of policy recommendations
• No regional involvement

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