SciCafe 2.0


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The Platform:

The SciCafe2.0 Virtual Platform will manage knowledge sharing by enabling people:



1st SciCafe2.0 Lunchtime Webinar

The first SciCafe2.0 Lunchtime Webinar can be seen in the following video playlist:

CAPS Tools and Models Evaluation Cafes

CAPS Tools and Models Evaluation Cafes


  1. Expert-based Heuristic Evaluation of Tool and Engagement Sessions User Experience
  2. Community-based Evaluation of the Efficacy of the Tool and Models in facilitation of Participative Engagement and Leadership (PEL)

The SciCafe 2.0 Tool (including the Citizens’ Say Knowledge Exchange) is accessible through our website at:  

The SciCafe2.0 Mission is to support PEL with enhanced user experience, mutual harvesting of collective intelligence and crowd-sourced problem solving:

  • Have we succeeded to some degree?
  • We look to our stakeholders to judge this including the CAPS Community.

We are hoping to contribute to some Exchange Evaluations of CAPS Tools and Models within the CAPS projects. We would like to benefit from the CAPS Evaluation Experience of other projects focused on this aspect. We feel this would be mutually rewarding and enjoyable. It will enable us to explore the results and learn together how to maximise the citizens’ Quality-of-Experience in Participative Engagement and find the resulting solutions, what works, what does not work, in what engagement contexts and why?

We will present the latest release of SciCafe2.0 tool in the project market place at the SIS-RRI Conference Rome 19-21 November; attend the CAPS meeting 9th October at the ICT Event Florence and the open workshop on 16th December in Brussels.   We look forward to discussions with our CAPS colleagues about how we may mobilise more cross-fertilisation of ideas on Exchange Evaluation and Cross-Validation of CAPS Tools and Models.


SciCafe 2.0 Consortium

SciCafe2.0 Participatory Session at CAPS Workshop

The SciCafe2.0 Consortium contributed to the CAPS2020 Conference through 4 sessions with an overview of the sessions as follows: 

Session 1: SciCafe2.0 Platform Presentation and Q&A Panel

Professor Atta Badii (University of Reading), the Coordinator of SciCafe 2.0, Patrizia Grifoni (CNR), Franco Bagnoli (University of Florence), Fernando Ferri (CNR), and Tommaso Castellani (CNR) presented the first session which facilitated by our Dissemination Manager, Bálint Balázs of ESSRG, The presenters provided an overview of the objectives and achievements of the Consortium to-date and the architecture of the resulting SciCafe2.0 Platform. Franco Bagnoli made a presentation on the Cognitive Basis of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS), with particular emphasis on the role of reputation and collaboration in a competitive environment and the expected payoff with respect to the number of participants. This relates to the cognitive principles of the SciCafe 2.0 Platform, considering the different behavioural modalities that depend on the number of participants; this is the subject of a survey already launched to invite the opinions of the Coordinators of the CAPS projects about this topic.

Thereafter all the SciCafe Partners participated in a Q & A Panel Session facilitated by Bálint Balázs.

Atta Badii emphasised the need for the Tool:

“to remain responsive to the evolving social norms and constructs prevailing within the situated problem space and the community engagement culture of the particular stakeholder group. This is so that,

i) the motivation for deployment of the Tool
ii) the co-evolving of methods and models for best exploitation of the Tool
iii) the sharing of insights, co-creativity and consensus seeking for finding a solution to the problem situation

could all be achieved concurrently as a result of the interplay of the above 3 parallel co-innovation experiences the community – the vision of together becoming a better becomer at co-innovation towards more creative, sustainable and resilient community building.
Hence the SciCafe2.0 Consortium has announced the invitation to the interested communities to Champion Participative Engagement & Leadership (PEL) Methodologies Best Practice to suit their own spaces of problem-situation, social engagement constructs and social-cultural norms and thus help enhance our collective insights in mutual contribution to the library of Situated Best Practice PEL Models to add to the knowledge to be disseminated by the European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing which the Consortium provides in its mission to help real communities find real grass-root solutions to real problems. The Mission of the Observatory is to support the above triple innovation journey.”



SciCafe 2.0 in Copenhagen

As part of our SciCafe2.0 activities we recently ran a session for practitioners and academics involved and interested in participatory engagement activities.  It was held as part of a conference on an Innovative Civil Society organised in Copenhagen by the Living Knowledge network of science shops over 9th to 11th April 2014. See: 6th Living Knowledge Conference.

The conference hosted a SciCafe 2.0 session entitled “Scientific Citizenship: Deepening and widening participation and raise the debating and decision making quality”, chaired by Bálint Balázs from ESSRG

During the session, a participatory workshop has been conducted by the CNR Science Communication and Education Research Unit. The workshop, based on Metaplan methodology, aimed to elicit enablers and barriers from the participants to take part in on-line discussions.  The results of the discussion are represented in the diagram below.

The workshop generated a wide variety of insights regarding user requirements, the one we would like to draw out here was the repeated emphasis on the social constituents - synchronicity, emotions, collaboration, attendance, reputation, reaching consensus.

At this link you can read a feedback from a participant of the session.

SciCafe2.0 Participatory Engagement Tool Stakeholders’ Requirements Workshop

Citizens’ Say Participatory Engagement Tool Stakeholders’ Requirements Workshop is arranged to take place in Brussels on 27th March 2014, 13:30 - 17:00 Hrs.

The SciCafe2.0 Consortium funded under the Collective Awareness Platforms Objectives of the European Commission FP7 Research Programme, is currently engaged in a phase of user requirements study focused on the elicitation and prioritisation of the various stakeholders’ needs in respect of ICT-enabled tools for promoting and conducting Public Engagement and Participative Leadership.

As part of this process a Stakeholders’ Requirements Workshop is arranged to take place in Brussels on 27th March 2014, 13:30 - 17:00 Hrs (meeting place in Brussels to be finalised soon). We would much appreciate your participation and would be grateful if you could kindly confirm this by next Monday 3rd March. If you are interested to attend please email the SciCafe Coordinator Professor Atta Badii at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.