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On 5 October the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park, PRBB, will open up the doors to the public. Scientists and staff will showcase what they do, how they do it and where. You will also have the chance to try the prototype of the ORION funded Genigma game app.

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The ORION project is launching a funding call for novel co-creation initiatives to open up research in life sciences and biomedicine. This call will provide funding of up to 100,000€ for a project that brings together a variety of different participants from across a range of sectors to co-create a new project or product based around life sciences research.

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As part of the GEPES (Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy) programme the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) in UK is convening an online international symposium focusing on public engagement with genome editing on 21st November. Emma Martinez, project officer for open experiments and co-creation in the ORION project is one of the speakers.

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Do the public wish to be involved in the process of scientific research? If yes – how? These questions were asked in our public survey "Public attitudes to life sciences research in six European countries" and in the German and Swedish Science Barometers. The results from these studies will be presented at the 11th Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 2018 on 8 October in Bonn.

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Genome editing tools such as CRISPR are beginning to reshape the physical world around us, one base pair at a time. As an Artist in Residence in labs at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) and at STATE Studio Emilia Tikka explored how this could affect society in the future. The results will be showcased at an event in Berlin on November 1st.

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Funding initiative: ORION Citizen Science Call The H2020 ORION project has opened a call for grant proposals on citizen science to support research activities in life sciences and biomedicine that enable scientists and citizens to work together with the ultimate goal to generate new scientific knowledge, using collectively their expertise,...

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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...

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Co-creation and creativity at the ORION Kick-Off Meeting

ORION, a new Horizon 2020 project, got off to a flying start at the first meeting of the project team in May. Thirty-two representatives from nine partner organisations, the project Advisory Board, and the EC Project Officer spent two productive and collaborative days at the headquarters of the project co-ordinator, the Centre for Genomic Regulation, in Barcelona.

Co-creation at the heart of ORION: New call for funding coming soon

Fifteen representatives from the research community, business sector, policy makers and civil society organisations, gathered in Brussels in April to co-design a new call for co-creation activities within the ORION project. The goal of the interactive workshop was to generate ideas on what the new funding call would look like, what types of projects to fund and who could participate. The new ORION co-creation call will be launched in June.