Final Conference

ISEED’s Final Conference

Fostering Participation in Science and Democracy


Date: June 11-12, 2024 
Location: Rue Guimard 9, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium, with online participation available. 

The Horizon 2020 research project Inclusive Science and European Democracies ISEED is thrilled to announce its final conference “Fostering Participation in Science and Democracy”! We are meeting on the 11th and 12th of June in Brussels, at the NTNU Brussels office, for a culmination of our groundbreaking research and innovative findings.  

The meeting will spotlight the project’s outputs and open the floor for discussion, including proposals and recommendations that have evolved from our diverse research efforts. This event is a fantastic opportunity to review our accomplishments, consider their practical applications, and share insights with a wider audience beyond our project’s consortium. If you want to follow the conference and contribute to the conversation remotely, write to

The meeting will include public presentations of ISEED research and results, interactive discussion and a presentation of our case studies in a poster session.

ISEED project partners will join us in person, making this a truly impactful event. The conference brings together representatives from our top institutions, Ca’Foscari University in Venice (UNIVE), University of Pisa (UNIPI), University of Palermo (UNIPA), University of Trento (UNITN), Observa Science in Society (Observa), National Museum of Natural History (MHNH), École Normale Supérieure (ENS), University of Warsaw (UNIWAR), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Institute of Regional and Urban Development (IRMiR), Applied Research and Communication Fund (ARC), University Pompeu Fabra (UPF), University of Exeter (UNEXE), University College Dublin (UCD), Ministry of Education Uruguay (MEC), and the Danish Board of Technology (DBT). The conference will be a great occasion for us to gather in person and focus on the work done by discussing the mission, objectives, outputs, and project aims of ISEED.

The conference will be a transformative event that bridges science and democracy. The event will be in person, but you can follow many of the sessions online by contacting Read more about the program below!

The Program

Day 1 – 11.06.2024: Unveiling the Vision 

ISEED: Mission, Objectives, Outputs, and Conference Aims  

2.45 – 3.30 CET 

(accessible online) 

Kick off the conference with an inspiring introduction by our project coordinator, who will present the evolution of deliberative participation through the ISEED project. Discover how our findings and outputs aim to enrich democratic life. Get ready for an exciting overview of what’s in store! 

Citizen Participation in ISEED: From Science to Democracy  

4.00 – 5.00 CET 

(accessible online) 

Join the ISEED coordinator, as they reveal the ultimate vision of democratic citizen participation. Learn how fostering citizen and community-based science can spark engaged citizenship, benefiting both scientific practice and society. 

Day 2 – 12.06.2024: Diving into Research and Innovation 

Empirical Research Showcase: Poster Display and Discussion  

9.30-10.30 CET 

(in person only) 

Explore the heart of our project through a vibrant poster display, featuring eight visually engaging summaries of our empirical research and case study. Meet the coordinator behind each case study, ready to answer your questions and share insights. 

Online Deliberation: Meet the ‘Argument Extractor’ and Explore Online Participation  

11.00 – 12.30 CET 

(accessible online) 

Dive into the digital realm with our innovative ‘argument extractor’ tool. Discover how this cutting-edge technology analyzes online discussions on science-based topics, unveiling the prospects and challenges of online deliberation. Experience live demonstrations and explore other digital analysis techniques developed by our project. 

Promoting Deliberative Participation: Policy Briefing and Recommendations  

2.00 – 3.00 CET 

(accessible online) 

Engage in a thought-provoking session on fostering deliberative participation. Our experts present actionable recommendations on rethinking the governance of science within citizen science, making citizen science a cornerstone of research practices, designing projects to cultivate democratically engaged citizens and encouraging institutions to enhance public deliberation skills while embracing diversity. 

Interactive Panel Discussion  

3.30 – 5.00 CET 

(in person only) 

Join a dynamic panel discussion with members of our Advisory Board and the audience. Delve into the challenges and opportunities of embedding ‘engaged citizenship’ in democratic life, considering the diverse socio-political landscape of Europe. Share your perspectives and be part of the conversation shaping the future of democratic participation. 

Text: Giulia Gandolfi
Edit: Chiara Ghirardo, Sarah Santos and Sophia Efstathiou
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