Welcome to CONSIDER

CONSIDER stands for Civil Society Organisations in Designing Research Governance.

Animation video on CSOs in EU research

On the 28th of January 2015, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the CONSIDER project (Civil Society Organisations in Designing Research Governance) jointly hosted the conference "Civil Society in Research and Innovation" in Brussels. The event opened with a video message by the Commissioner, Carlos Moedas, where he addressed that CSO in Research and Innovation is not only a very important topic for him, but highly-relevant for the priorities of his mandate as a Commissioner:

Video message by Carlos Moedas

An edited video of some of the highlights of the CONSIDER project is available here:

CONSIDER final event


Clic here to to read the Press Release of the event. 

Brief overview of the main activities and outcomes of the CONSIDER project

From February 2012 to January 2015, CONSIDER undertook conceptually sound and empirically rich research regarding CSO participation in research. A series of guidelines were obtained by contrasting theoretical views on benefits and limitations with empirical findings on the practice of CSO participation. Based on a grid of analysis, the project did a survey of all FP7 research projects, and investigated more than 30 relevant projects as in-depth case studies. Using the conceptual grid of analysis and empirical data, a model of CSO participation in research was developed. The aim of the project is that this model, representing relationships and causal effects of factors influencing CSO participation, will allow for comparative analysis to determine the role CSOs play in achieving participation objectives. 

Broader stakeholder engagement in technical and scientific research is desirable for a variety of reasons. Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) can be optimal actors to realise the promise of participative research governance. Despite much activity to stimulate and implement CSO participation in research, there is no agreement on how to evaluate the success of participation.

Findings lead towards the development of specific guidelines for relevant stakeholders. This way, CONSIDER will greatly contribute to the further development of the European Research Area.
The following video provides an introduction to the project by various consortium members:

YouTube Video

Recent Announcements

  • CONSIDER final event: workshop with the EESC on 28 January 2015   Save the date!     Wednesday 28 January 2015 14.00-18.00  European Economic and Social Committee,Room JDE 62, Rue Belliard 99, Brussels, Belgium  Civil Society in Research and Innovation ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2014, 2:42 PM by Karen Bultitude
  • Brussels Expert Workshop report The Brussels Expert Workshop report is now ready. Should you wish to consult it, please clic here.
    Posted Oct 12, 2014, 12:24 PM by Tonatiuh Anzures
  • Next CONSIDER workshop, 1st of July 2014, Brussels. The next CONSIDER workshop will be held in the European Commission Research Executive Agency, Brussels, on the 1st of July 2014. The purpose of these three-simultaneous workshops with policy ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2014, 11:00 AM by Tonatiuh Anzures
  • CONSIDER talk for the 5th INCO Conference in Athens, Greece. As part the project's interest to be actively involved in the EU Presidency Events, CONSIDER members will participate with a talk at the 5th INCO Conference. Dr. Martine Legris ...
    Posted Jun 27, 2014, 10:39 AM by Tonatiuh Anzures
  • General Assembly meeting 26/27 March 2014 The CONSIDER project had a meeting in London in 26 and 27 March. This consortium meeting provided the opportunity to develop the main shape of the models and the guidelines ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2014, 5:22 AM by Bernd Carsten STAHL
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