Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society - PERARES (European Commission Framework Programme 7)
UCC Science Shop partner in PERARES, largest ever Science in Society EU grant (EU – FP7))
UCC Science Shop, principally based in the School of Applied Social Studies, is one of 26 partner institutions involved in the Public Engagement with Research and Research Engagement with Society (PERARES) project. With a budget of close to €3 million, PERARES sets the ambitious target of delivering 15 work packages over 48 months and will involve 180 participants from 15 consortia.
The PERARES project aims to strengthen interactions between researchers, and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and citizens in Europe. The project partners will organise transnational and national debates on issues relating to scientific research and help participants to articulate research questions to be placed on the agendas of partnering research bodies. PERARES will particularly focus on three research themes i.e. nanotechnology, domestic violence and Roma/Traveller’s issues.
The project brings together numerous institutions ranging from Queen’s University in Belfast and the University of Cambridge, to the Swedish Research Council, and civil society organisations such as the Foundation for the Development of an Active Citizen Research ADReCA in France. UCC Science Shop is participating in six of the 15 work packages and is tasked to deliver a range of activities including setting up a transnational knowledge debate, researching local human rights, supporting the development of science shops in other Higher Educational Institutions, assisting with convening two international conferences and the dissemination of research findings and progress on work packages. This research project will run from June 2010 - mid 2014.
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Science Shop UCC committee members
Catherine O’Mahony (Chairperson), Biochemistery Department and NAIRTL
Peter Herrmann (Vice-Chairperson), School of Applied Social Studies
Kenneth Burns, School of Applied Social Studies
Eluska Fernandez, School of Applied Social Studies
Feilim O’hAdhmaill, School of Applied Social Studies
Claire Dorrity, School of Applied Social Studies