Guidelines for organising a public dialogue on the strategy of a biomedical research centre

The objective of this document is to use this experience to create a simple guide on how to carry out a public dialogue for a scientific research centre. The guidelines are based on the methodology and learnings from a public dialogue conducted to inform the Centre for Genomic Regulation's (CRG) strategy.

How to guide - Public dialogue

A public dialogue is a qualitative research process during which public audiences interact with a variety of experts to deliberate on issues relevant to future strategy or policy decisions. A public dialogue provides an opportunity for organisations to gather public views to inform their activities so that they are aligned with society, particularly relevant for publicly funded research organisations.

Menu of co-creation methods

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...

Public attitudes on genome editing in life sciences research

The ORION public dialogues on genome editing were conducted in the UK, Germany, Czech Republic and Sweden during 2019 and 2020 and organized by Ipsos MORI in collaboration with the ORION Project. The dialogues sought to explore public attitudes to fundamental life sciences research when revolutionary genome editing technologies are used in order to inform research organisations about when and how to engage audiences with emerging technologies. A report is available for each of the countries the public dialogue events were held in, as well as an overarching report which synthesises findings from across all the events

The motivation for citizens' involvement in life sciences research is predicted by age and gender

In order to engage the public in science and design effective citizen science projects, it is important to understand the main motivations that drive individuals to engage in research. The paper "The motivation for citizens' involvement in life sciences research is predicted by age and gender by the ORION partners CEITEC, CRG and VA was published on 3 August in in PLOSONE. The findings are based on the ORION study "Public attitudes to life sciences research in six European countriess which was designed to map citizens' expectations regarding science to inform and support research organisations on how to engage with the general public.