Public invited to star-gaze into the future of Ireland and Europe

UCC seeks to recruit 40 people to share their views on how they would like Ireland and Europe to develop over the next 20-30 years.

In December 2015 and January 2016 over a 1,000 people around Europe will meet to articulate their vision for the future of their country and Europe.  UCC is part of this project and invites approximately 40 people in Ireland to meet in UCC on December 4th to discuss their vision for a desired sustainable future in 20-30 years’ time. These views will later be presented to scientists and policy-makers and act as a base line to develop future research programmes.
“You do NOT need any special knowledge in order to participate,” says Dr Ciara Fitzgerald, Department of Business Information Systems in UCC and organiser of the event. “The idea is to bring the views of ordinary citizens to the decision makers. This is a great opportunity for people to think about what they want for the future of Ireland. It is a unique chance for citizens to influence the European research agenda in order to create a better society for us to live in.”

The citizen consultation project is part of CIMULACT, a three-year project funded by the European Commission that stands for Citizens and Multi-actor Consultation on Horizon 2020. Its aim is to improve policy-making processes concerning issues relating to science, technology and innovation. The Department of Business Information Systems and the Financial Services Innovation Centre in Cork University Business School are hosting the event.

The consultation will be held on the UCC main campus (participants will be alerted later to the exact location) from 9.00am to 4.30pm on Friday 4th December. Refreshments and lunch will be served during the day and a gift voucher will be presented to citizens as a thank you for their involvement. Attendance at the citizen vision workshop is free. However, enrolment is necessary and needs to be received before 22nd November 2015.

To register your interest in participating please see contact Dr Ciara Fitzgerald or Stephen McCarthy on


CIMULACT stands for “Citizen and Multi-Actor Consultation on Horizon 2020”. The project engages more than 1000 ordinary citizens in 30 countries in Europe, along with a variety of other actors, in shaping desirable sustainable futures. In a highly participatory process, the project will provide a unique contribution to European research and innovation policies and topics, create dialogue and shared understanding among the actors, and build strong capacities in citizen engagement, thereby enhancing responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the EU.

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