POIESIS at Germany’s biggest Science communication Forum

POIESIS has been present at the Forum Wissenschaftskommunikation 2023, the biggest science communication conference in Germany, held this year in Bielefeld. Anne-Sophie Behm-Bahtat (Wissenschaft im Dialog) presented the project in a session with two other research projects with a focus on trust in science, science communication and also the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

There was a great interest in the project and lively discussions about the challenges of measuring trust and also of reaching citizens for events like the public deliberative workshops. A poster displayed during the 3 days of the conference further informed participants about POIESIS and its objectives.

Another step forward for POIESIS

The 1st Review Meeting was a huge boost for POIESIS efforts

The latest POIESIS Review Meeting was held on 7 November in Paris, a day after the Executive Board meeting. The valuable comments received, on our progress over the first year of the project, will aid us apply the work plan more efficiently in the coming months and years.

Dr. Serge M. Horbach got the event underway with a brief overview of the project and a thorough presentation of each Work Package followed. The meeting was concluded with a thoughtful discussion that gave us an even more clear view of what lies ahead and filled us with optimism and determination to fulfill our demanding and ambitious research objectives.

POIESIS Executive Board meeting in Paris

The latest Executive Board Meeting of the POIESIS Project was held in Paris last Monday, 6 November 2023.

There were some interesting and fruitful discussions about our latest progress and the tasks at hand, especially with engagement activities, such as Focus Groups and Expert Interviews on our doorstep. We are now even more enthusiastic and confident about continuing our work for the next two years!

POIESIS on the spotlight!

We are proud to announce that POIESIS was included in an article published in the European Research Executive Agency (REA) website.

POIESIS efforts to tackle societal mistrust in science gained further more recognition with its inclusion along with  CDE4Peace,  CROWD4SDG, EL-CSID and our sister projects IANUS and VERITY in an article of the European Research Executive Agency (REA) that presents a brief overview of the Swafs and Horizon Europe projects revolving around Research for Peace, Sustainable Development and Trust In Science.

The article which was published in celebration of World Science Day for Peace and Development serves as an additional inspiration for the POIESIS Consortium for the fascinating challenges that lie ahead.

A wonderful journey comes to an end

But it’s only just the start for the POIESIS engagement activities!

The journey of the POIESIS Public Deliberative Workshops came to an end with the submission of their findings. 7 public discussions were conducted in 7 different European countries from May till July. More than 150 people of different social and cultural backgrounds from Denmark, Portugal, Germany, UK, Spain, France and Greece participated and held very interesting discussions about trust in science in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change, and how good or bad research practices may affect it.

The discussions were enhanced by topical experts on the aforementioned issues in each country and were conducted by a professional moderator. The activity was coordinated by POIESIS WP2 which is led by CIES-ISCTE, the projects’ consortium member from Lisbon, under Dr. Marta Entradas and Dr. Inês C. Sousa. You can read about the conclusions here: https://poiesis-project.eu/deliverables/ (D 2.2 – Public Deliberative Workshops – Findings).

Stay tuned on our website as there are more interesting events to come!

Last Stop: Paris!

The European journey of the POIESIS Public Deliberative Workshops ended last Friday (July 7th) in Paris

The Workshop was held at the Maison de la recherche of the Sorbonne University. The organization and recording were partly handled by n-clique, a company set up by former students from the Sociology department of Sorbonne University, while Michel Dubois of CNRS, senior research fellow of GEMASS and POIESIS WP3 Leader gave the introductory speech.

Despite the limited number of participants the workshop went very well, with very interesting and rich discussions and the empirical cases helped decisively in that purpose.

As mentioned before, this was the last stop of a fascinating journey throughout seven great European cities (Athens, Aarhus, Lisbon, Berlin, Valencia, London and Paris) where people interacted and discussed about topics regarding trust in science, research integrity, citizen science issues and a lot of more at the face of the climate change crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The British Workshop: A huge success!

42 people of various backgrounds from around the UK participated in the last weeks’ POIESIS London Public Deliberative Workshop

The London team organised public deliberations in the Marchmont Citizen Centre located in Central London, where no less than 42 participants engaged in discussions about trust in science. The sessions were moderated by Bankole Falade and Martin W Bauer; Hannah Bunt was observing the process in the background and taking notes. Martin Bauer also stood in as ‘expert’ for technically specific questions that might arise on the topic. After touching on various issues and filling in two questionnaires, all discussion produced a card sort of lining up ‘factors of trust in science’.

Participants witnessed diversity in their ‘distance from science’, which reflected in the way they think and talk about ‘trust in science’, in general and in relation to Climate Change and the Covid19 pandemic. It turned out, participants were happy to be able to talk about their pandemic experience in particular. Also, it was evident that people were taking part in a discussion about a topic they really cared about, leading to very engaged discussions.  

Next Stop: Valencia

The Valencia Public Deliberative Workshop was held on June, 22nd by the CSIC team!

The 20 participants spent the day enjoying thorough conversations around the Covid-19 pandemic, the climate change and how those affect trust in science in general. POIESIS consortium members Richard Wooley and Irene Monsonís Payá organised, managed and led the event extremely effectively and efficiently.

POIESIS‘ 1st Expert Workshop on Trust in Science (WP1)

On the 19th and 20th of June, the London and Berlin team jointly organised the first POIESIS’ expert
workshop on trust in science in Berlin which has been a great success.

The workshop had two distinct and at the same time closely interrelated parts: on the one hand,
the debate about how trust in science is measured very concretely in various national and
international surveys and what results the different measures produce, animated by numerous
experts involved in the realisation of such surveys; on the other hand, a more conceptual discussion
about the very meaning of “trust in science” and its different dimensions with input from experts
with a more theoretical perspective on the topic.

The nearly 20 participants had intense and constructive discussions which will certainly lead to some
common effort of reporting on the results of the workshop.

The Berlin Public Deliberative Workshop

The journey of the POIESIS Public Deliberative Workshops continues!

The Berlin public deliberative workshop, called Bürger*innen-Dialog in German, successfully took
place on a hot Friday afternoon on the 9th of June. Even with a somewhat smaller group of
participants (15 in total), we had great and fruitful discussions based on our material but also
covering the topics of trust in science, research integrity and public participation from a much larger

A great thank you to our facilitator Philipp Schrögel, an expert in science communication and various
creative forms of it, who provided a stimulating input on trust, trust in science and how this relates
to science communication. His input also included two short video sequences in which researchers,
one working in the field of climate change and one in medical research, told the participants about
their personal experiences and perspectives on science communication in their field.

Another big thank you to Imke Hedder and Lisa Mertin – who along with Anne-Sophie Behm-Bahtat ensured smooth and interesting discussions in the four small groups.