Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities (SEISMIC)

Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities (SEISMIC)

Source of funding

European Commission

Name of client/donor

EC DG Research

Overall project value

EUR 254,925


October 2013 – October 2016

Beneficiary countries

Austria | Belgium | Czech Republic | Germany | Hungary | Italy | Netherlands | Sweden | Turkey | United Kingdom

Number of staff


The SEiSMiC project helped tackle Europe's biggest urban problems by engaging citizens, identifying social innovation needs, and contributing to future urban policies and research strategies. It built diverse networks of urban stakeholders to propose effective, widely agreed solutions. It then engaged the public in creative ways, so that research was able to learn from citizens, and citizens from research.

The three-year project added a social dimension to the EC's Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and supported the joint programming initiative JPI Urban Europe, which seeks to strengthen urban research and innovation across Europe.

Within the project, national networks were established in 10 European countries. These networks included civil society organisations, media, schools and universities, scientists, museum curators, research funders, businesspeople and policy makers. Structured dialogue among these networks helped to build a bridge between the scientific community and society.

The project was implemented by 13 partners. Within the partnership, the REC was responsible for communication and dissemination activities. The REC team developed:

  • a project logo, website and visual identity;
  • a teachers' guide for primary school urban studies, aimed at giving pupils a basic grounding in the key challenges facing European cities in the coming decades;
  • a series of factsheets that explore different aspects of the project;
  • press releases to ensure public awareness of project aims and activities; and
  • regular electronic newsletters; and - conferences and exhibitions.
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Awareness raising
  • Educational support
  • Networking
  • Publishing/preparation of handbooks

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