SCIENCE4ALL as an example of Public engagement and Open Innovation in basic research - a pioneer Project for Pioneering Minds
SCIENCE4ALL, a project led by Valentina Biasin [Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Medical University of Graz, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Pulmonary Vascular Research] is a Public and Patients Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) project in basic science. The main goal of this project was to understand whether training of the public and scientists is a necessary step for better implementation of public engagement in basic research. The outcomes where several, from development of a dictionary implemented with a great selfexplanatory graphic of the lung (designed by Tatjana Hirschmugl- Scientific Illustration) to guidelines for PPIE projects for other labs. Most importantly we could prove that researchers and co-researchers (=citizens) after the training were able to communicate about science and conceive together new scientific ideas.
This project has been recently taken as a pioneer example by the European Platform Patient Engagement Resource Centre launched by EATRIS (the European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine) and EPF (European Patients- Forum), together with affiliated partner EATG (European Aids Treatment Group).
Here the link to our full interview for the European Platform Patient Engagement Resource Centre: https://patient-engagement.eu/stories/