As one of the pillars of Open & Responsible Science, we highlight engaged research this fall. What does this look like at Erasmus University, what support is offered to researchers who like to engage more? How does impact relate to engaged research? And what do fellow researchers at your own school think of public engagement, citizen science or their role in society?
In October and November, you are invited to several events on the topic of engaged research (both university-wide and school-specific). On this page, you find an overview of these (freely accessible) events.
Open and responsible science practices aim to increase transparency, trustworthiness, and research efficiency and enhances research quality, visibility, and engagement. The Open & Responsible Science (ORS) programme aims to make these practices the standard and default for science at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus MC.
Sign up for one (or more) of the following events
Monday 3 Oct 2022, 15.00 - 17.00
In line with this October’s Open Science campaign on Engaged Research, ERIM and DIT are organizing a workshop dedicated to the nexus of research support, open science, and engaged scholarship. We hope to bring together researchers and research support staff interested in open and engaged research and mutual collaboration.
The session takes off with two engaged research stories narrated from a dual perspective: research and research support. We then discuss what it needs to make open and engaged research a success across all stages of the research cycle in three parallel sections. The workshop provides you with insights on the benefits and challenges of collaboration between researchers and research support staff and allows you to build your network within EUR.
Wednesday 12 Oct 2022, 15.00 - 17.00
Can Open and Responsible Science (ORS) respond to the challenge of justice in access to knowledge (epistemic justice) given the staggering amount of inequality in academic knowledge? ORS which seeks justice in access to knowledge puts equity between forms of knowledge and ways of knowing at the very centre of knowledge acquisition.
As part of ISS' 70th-anniversary celebrations, we will host an event on Open and Responsible Science, Engaged Research and Epistemic Justice: From harming to healing through knowledge co-creation. The discussion will revolve around the following questions:
- Which injustices in knowledge production and co-creation do invited speakers experience in their (communities’) life and work?
- What are their demands towards academia/academics?
- What alternative forms of knowledge production and co-creation do they propose?
Free entrance, click here to reserve your spot.
On October 13th 2022 Evaluating Societal Impact (ESI) and ‘De Impactalliantie’ will host an event around the topic: 'Evaluation and organisation of impact in larger partnerships'. This event is part of this year’s Open and Responsible Science (ORS) fall campaign at Erasmus University Rotterdam. We believe that if we talk about ORS, we also need to talk about impact!
The event aims to facilitate inspiring conversations about impact across different organisations and between people with various expertise. Topics that will be discussed are:
- What are good qualitative indicators that can be used for impact evaluation?
- How can you create synergy in a collective?
- How should we recognize and rewards people working on impact?
- What is the role off open & responsible science and of impact driven education in partnerships etc.?
- 12.00 - 13.00: walk in with a light lunch;
- 13.00 - 13.15: welcome by Erasmus University Rotterdam;
- 13.15 - 13.20: speed dates - round 1;
- 13.20 - 14.20: roundtables - round 1;
- 14.20 - 14.40: break;
- 14.40 - 15.40: roundtables - round 2;
- 15.40 - 15.45: speed dates - round 2;
- 15.45 - 16.00: round up by De Impactalliantie;
- 16.00 - 17.00: drinks.
Location: Garage Rotterdam, Goudsewagenstraat 27, Rotterdam: This location is easily accessible by train (station Blaak), metro (station Blaak or Oostplein) and tram (line 24, Burgemeester van Walsumweg) and from Woudestein campus it is only a 10 minute bike ride!
You can register through this Google Form. After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
Wednesday 19 Oct 2022, 15.00 - 16.30
In this showcase event, we bring engaged researchers from EUR/EMC together to share what makes their citizen science - and related engaged - research successful and how to avoid pitfalls. What is citizen science, how does it look like at EUR/Erasmus MC and how do you start your citizen science research?
What are the different ways to do citizen science and what are their pros and cons? How do collaborations with non-professional researchers arise? What are the roles and responsibilities of the different parties, how to secure them and what are the opportunities and risks?
Wednesday 26 Oct 2022, 14.00 – 17.00
How does the EUR and other research institutions meet their responsibility to facilitate the rapid exchange of knowledge across geographic, economic, and disciplinary boundaries that is required to tackle the current climate crisis?
The library has invited four brilliant climate scientists who have a strong belief in Open Access publishing to share their perspectives on how the open community can further climate justice objectives around the world.
Date: Monday 31 October 2022
Time: 12.00 – 13.30 hours
Location: J7 - open space
Citizen Science for innovation in health, care and well-being technology
insight from the TOPFIT Citizenlab project
Johan van der Zwart & Karin van Leersum
The use of scientific principles and methods by non-professional scientists is perceived as a promising way to improve public participation in research as well as public health. In TOPFIT Citizenlab different educational and research institutes in Twente work together with citizens, commercial entrepreneurs, health insurers and municipalities in a three years’ research and innovation programme aiming at increasing citizen involvement in researching, testing, modifying, and implementing technological innovations for health.
In this Lunch meeting, we share our experiences from the TOPFIT Citizenlab project and would like to open a dialogue with you on the following topics:
- Citizen involvement in research and innovation for health care or well-being: empirical findings from a scoping review.
- Level of participation in citizens science research activities: results from a survey among the Twente GGD panel and users of a healthy lifestyle app.
- Citizen-initiated research on envisioning the future and knowing what matters to elderly for healthy aging in their own neighbourhood: experiences with citizen science approaches.
- Understanding some constrains of citizen science: reflections on involving citizens in the innovation of a healthy lifestyle app.
Visit https://www.topfitcitizenlab.nl/home-nl/ for more information.
Johan and Karin are both Postdoc researchers at TOPFIT Citizenlab and are employed at Science Technology and Policy Studies (STePS) at the University of Twente, under supervision of Kornelia Konrad. In addition, they collaborate in a project on Responsible Innovation in health and well-being technology with the University of Stavanger in Norway.
Johan has a background in Architecture (MSc), Real Estate Management in healthcare (PhD) and Healthcare Management (MSc). He worked as researcher and teacher at Delft University of Technology, NTNU Norwegian University of Sience and Technology and the University of Twente.
Karin has a background in Technical Medicine (MSc) and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (MSc) both at the University of Twente. She obtained a PhD from the school of Care and Preventive Health Research at Maastricht University. As from the first of November, Karin will start at the Open University as a postdoc on social science and humane aspects of AI in healthcare.
We hope to see you there!
Tuesday 1 Nov 2022, 15.00 - 17.00
The call to communicate and engage as scientist with society is getting louder and louder from, amongst others, politics, society and subsidy requirements. But how do you do this in the right and effective way? Being nuanced is second nature to most scientists, while the public debate and media seems to ask for a firm role in putting the scientific perspective in the spotlight. In this event, academics learn tools to bring their research to the non-academic stage.
How do you get involved in the public debate? In which 'language' do you communicate when you engage or ‘do’ citizen science? And how do you ensure that your research is used rather than misused by politicians? What are the opportunities and risks of being visible? What support does the EUR offer?
Thursday 3 Nov 2022 , 12.00 – 13.00 in the Glasbak (ESPhil, J5)
Doing Engaged Research in Philosophy – presentations + discussions by Sophie van Balen, Ronald van Raak and Ana Barbosa Mendes
New methodologies and approaches to doing philosophy have emerged to address concerns that transcend disciplinary concepts, theories, narratives, and practices. Many of these approaches embrace contextually-situated knowledge, exploring relationality and expanding the scope of whose voices are involved in the production of knowledge. To explore what it means to practice engaged philosophy and how philosophers can use such approaches in their research, we will have an informal discussion with Prof. Ronald van Raak and PhD Candidate Sophie van Balen. During this session, we will have the opportunity to hear about their rationale for doing engaged philosophy and their experience with engagement, as well as discuss our own successes and failures when doing engaged research. All are welcome, no experience with public engagement in philosophy is needed. Hope to see you there!
Thursday 17 Nov 2022, 15.00 - 17.00
The call to communicate and engage as scientists with society is getting louder and louder from, amongst others, politics, society and scientific funding agencies. The current crises – climate, inequality, Covid19 – urge for involvement and engagement of scientists. Like during the Covid19 pandemic, when science was at the heart of it all. At the same time, society is becoming increasingly polarised, making it hard and sometimes even dangerous for scientists to enter into a dialogue with society, as the increase in threats, intimidation and hate mail shows.
What should the role of scientists be? How to reconcile one’s position as an independent scientist with more personal and value-laden opinions? And how does this relate to the safety of scientists as private persons? And other questions will be discussed during this event.
Monday 28 November 12.00-14.00 hr (incl lunch) at Van der Goot, M2-12
Your role as a researcher is becoming increasingly important within society, and the call for impact is ubiquitous. What are your responsibilities as researcher, how do you get involved, and how do you effectively communicate your findings within the public debate? The ESSB organises a conversation with three experienced colleagues on engagement in the public domain, sharing tips, tricks and pitfalls and discuss: what are the opportunities and risks of taking part in the public debate? How can the ESSB help you to engage more effective? And what’s in it for you as a researcher and the public when engaging? The event will take place from 12:30 until 14:00. The doors are open for lunch at 12.00, which makes it an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow researchers.
A conversation with: Prof. Eveline Crone, Prof. Godfried Engbersen, Dr. Crystal Smit and Dr. Marianne Klerk (Moderator, Vers Beton).
Please register with this form.
For questions about the campaign Engaged Research in Open & Responsible Science, please contact Willem Scholten (project leader, Open & Responsible Science).