Communities for Sciences (C4S) is developed in 9 European cities (Milan -Italy-, Brussels -Belgium-, Manresa -Spain-, Vic – Spain-, Vienna -Austria-, Budapest -Hungary-, Sofia -Bulgaria-, Lund -Sweden- and Berlin -Germany) and their areas of influence. The activities are coordinated by a local Hub in 6 cities with the leadership of one of these local partners of the Consortium.
Each Hub focus on a specific vulnerable community (immigrants, Roma community and disabled citizens) working with and for children and youth aged from 0-16 years old and their families.
C4S studies the relationships between science and society by focusing upon vulnerable communities due to the fact that they are often not visible as active social agents. The project not only creates activities for them, but also includes them as co-participants of these activities in order to ensure a more coherent approach towards inclusive education and to promote anticipatory policy-making.
It is done through science education activities, through formal and non-formal educational institutions, from an inclusive standpoint, to provide them with better science awareness and capacities and to make them progressively aware of exclusionary practices that at times may occur in science.
Special emphasis is put on engaging them in an intersectional approach to fight against the gender discrimination suffered by women and girls on multiple levels.
Each HUB engages with policy-makers, educators and institutional representatives to promote their role in supporting and promoting an inclusive science education approach and to consolidate such inclusive practices on more solid grounds.
These science education activities and the inclusive-awareness campaigns addressed to policy-makers (policy awareness issues) foster co-working and co-designing actions with science experts from those vulnerable communities so that, additionally, they can act as alternative role models in science.
Therefore, the aim with this RRI approach is to promote Public Engagement (PE) by empowering vulnerable communities and by raising awareness of the less visible, and yet, real practices within the science world in which certain discriminatory values or practices are conveyed.
The C4S hubs