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Scientific citizenship

Scientific citizenship is the active and aware participation of citizens in the democratic process in the knowledge society. Public decisions are more and more complex and involve highly specialised knowledge [1].

To achieve better outcomes in decision making processes it is necessary to combine the knowledge of the experts with citizens’ knowledge and values. Scientific citizenship requires an open dialogue between science and citizens and transparency in information and knowledge exchange.

Science cafés can be seen as one of the arenas for the dialogue between scientists and citizens, in a non-academic and informal context.

SciCafe 2.0 offers a conceptual framework and the Citizens’ Say platform to make this dialogue possible and effective, allowing citizens to exercise their right to scientific citizenship.

[1] Irwin, A. (2001). Constructing the scientific citizen: Science and democracy in the biosciences. Public Understanding of Science, 10 (1).