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Introduction "co-creation"

Co-creation has been defined as “purposeful action of associating with strategic customers, partners or employees to ideate, problem solve, improve performance, or create a new product, service or business”1. In essence, co-creation experiences are a way in which to connect multiple stakeholders, bringing them together to discover their interests and values and using these opportunities to discuss, develop and implement projects or ideas to achieve new, inclusive, forward-thinking research strategies. As a result, co-creation experiences allow high-quality interactions and unique experiences, with those involved becoming connected, informed and empowered.

Open Science seeks to improve the impact and quality of scientific research, which in turn attracts talent and results in economic growth and job creation. Open Science - together with the Responsible Research and Innovation principles of gender equality, science education, open access, governance, ethics, public engagement and open access – is multidisciplinary, applying to all topics of scientific research and at all stages of the research lifecycle.

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Co-creation menu

The ORION project seeks to promote institutional change in life science research performing and research funding organisations by performing co-creation experiments in three specific areas where stakeholders do not already frequently collaborate; (i) Research strategy and funding, (ii) identifying risks and opportunities presented by disruptive technologies and (iii) citizen science in fundamental research. The menu of co-creation tools was designed to provide support and ideas to ORION partners and the wider community in facilitating co-creation experiments.

This menu was developed through desk research and consultation with research funding and performing organisations already participating or hosting co-creation experiments. The menu builds upon the Action Catalogue of Engage2020, an EU project seeking to engage society in Horizon 2020. The Action Catalogue is a dynamic selection tool containing an exhaustive collection of methods to engage different audiences with science and research. Our co-creation menu contains only those methods that enable bidirectional participation. The menu contains 31 methods sorted according to the level of participation required by the different interest groups.

To make your choice from the menu, please see here.