Science from Nature to your Table

Güllüce A. Ç., Örs Cırık S. (Executive), Esenbuğa N., Bilgin Ö. C.

Horizon Europe Project, 2022 - 2024

  • Project Type: Horizon Europe Project
  • Begin Date: April 2022
  • End Date: April 2024

Project Abstract

MSCA and Citizens

MSCA and Citizens aims to bring research and researchers closer to the public at large, to increase awareness of research and innovation activities and to boost public recognition of science and research education. It will show the role of the researcher for the society and economy, as well as the impact of researchers’ work on citizens’ daily lives. It also aims to raise the interest of young people in research and scientific careers.

MSCA and Citizens will address the general public, attracting people regardless of the level of their scientific background, with a specific focus on families, pupils, students, and notably those who do not have easy access to, and thus are less inclined to engage in, STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) or research activities. Inclusiveness should be key, in view of broadening access to science and research to all.

MSCA and Citizens should also promote gender balance and inclusiveness in science, Open Science, and Responsible Research and Innovation.

These objectives will be pursued through the organisation of the European Researchers’ Night, the largest research communication and promotion event taking place across EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries.

The European Researchers’ Night will include the Researchers at Schools initiative which aims to strengthen the connection between research and education, by bringing researchers to schools to encourage interaction with pupils at all levels of primary and secondary education. Researchers and school pupils will meet to talk about current and future challenges of our societies and the related key role of research. Pupils will learn directly about research projects and activities addressing the EU priorities and main orientations.

Expected impact

Proposals under this Action should contribute to the following expected impacts:

  • Enhance engagement with citizens on R&I;
  • Increase awareness among the general public of the importance and benefits of R&I and its concrete impact on citizens’ daily life;
  • Contribute to the diffusion and the promotion of excellence research projects across Europe and beyond;
  • Raise the interest of young people in science and research careers;
  • Contribute to a better understanding of the European Union policies and programmes among the general public;
  • Support school teachers in developing a scientific approach around priority topics and creating a learning opportunity for pupils through a direct interaction with researchers.