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Doing It Together science: D6.2 Initial plan for communications, dissemination and exploitation

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Here you can find the Initial Plan for Communications, Dissemination and Exploitation. This is Deliverable 6.2 from the communication and support action of Doing It Together science.

Doing It Together science's primary concern is the pan-European development, establishment and promotion of citizen science.

The 11 partners in the Doing It Together science's consortium will deliver approximately 500 face-to-face and online citizen science activities in the areas of biodesign and environmental sustainability, reaching a total audience of 290,000 offline and 1.3 million online, with a special effort to reach currently underrepresented science audience and citizen science participants such as women, people without access to the Internet and people who have not completed tertiary education.

Through these actions and their evaluation and ensuing discussion platforms, Doing It Together science's will build a legacy framework for both public engagement/capacity building and policy engagement for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), reaching out to the general public, researchers and policy makers.
The Doing It Together science project plan includes a ‘Public Engagement and Capacity Building’ work package (WP3) which already contains support for exploration, learning and innovation, already ensuring communicating and disseminating DITOs processes and outcomes to a wider spectrum of stakeholders at various levels of knowledge/experience.

Our strategic CDE plan goes beyond WP3 to include these activities in terms of all Work Packages (WPs). Our proposed implementation framework, comprising two main themes of DIY science - biodesign (WP1) and environmental sustainability (WP2) - will cross over with public engagement, policy, RRI and evaluation activities taking place in both themes concurrently, which means communication, dissemination and exploitation are relevant in all areas of the project. Thus, our strategies will be discussed in terms of each WP as well as within the wider context of citizen science in Europe and worldwide, and the networks of DITOs partners, especially the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and DITOs supporters.

The main aim of this CDE plan is to define:

  • how knowledge and project results, including lessons learnt, will be disseminated and promoted to the public, scientific community and policy makers;
  • how partners should identify and exploit communication opportunities; and
  • how a legacy framework of communication and dissemination tools and advisory documents will be constructed throughout the life of the project. ECSA will become custodians of the framework at the end of the project.

This initial version of the CDE Plan will be reviewed and updated during the project’s lifetime in order to reflect new opportunities and new understandings for the needs of the target audiences. Two major revisions are planned – an intermediary version in M15 (August 2017), during the ‘engagement and networking’ phase, and a final version in M36 (May 2019), at the end of the ‘evaluation and upscaling’ phase.