POIESIS’ 2nd Expert Workshop on Dynamics of Recovering Trust and Reputation after a Crisis (WP1)

On the eve of the last General Assembly in Lisbon, on the 21st and 22nd February 2024, the LSE and WiD POIESIS members organised the second POIESIS expert workshop, this time with a focus on dynamics of recovering public trust and reputation after a crisis in different contexts.

To discuss why public trust is actually important in real life scenarios and how to rebuild it after a scandal or another kind of internal crisis, the workshop brought together six international experts with academic and corporate backgrounds and POIESIS members from different institutions. For two half days, they discussed national and international case studies each of the experts presented. The case studies ranged from crises in private companies to public universities and inspired interesting comparisons of different dynamics and mechanisms of crisis management and communication.

Discussions were lively and fruitful and will not only inspire further reflections for the work of POIESIS but also certainly lead to a common publication led by the POIESIS team.

POIESIS was at the XIII SOPCOM Congress

The Lisbon Team represented the project in the University of Minho Conference

Our Lisbon-Portugal team members (Marta Entradas, Inês C. Sousa, and Feng Yan) attended XIII SOPCOM Congress from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2024. The conference took place at University of Minho, in Braga, a city in the north of Portugal.

The team presented results of the POIESIS public consultation that took place last summer in Lisbon in the session “Trust is not given, it is earned: The role of the media in public trust in science”. The presentation received audience appreciations and interest, as well as comments during Q&A.

Founded in 1998, SOPCOM is a non-profit scientific association, aiming to develop research in Communication Sciences, and representing  the national scientific community of Communication Sciences in Portugal.

Focus Groups about to start

POIESIS is getting ready for its new excitng engagement activity

With the 2nd Expert Workshop scheduled for Lisbon on February 21st, and the Public Deliberation Workshops already conducted, another POIESIS engagement activity is already on the cards. 3 Focus Groups will take place on February in each consortium country (Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Greece), involving experts that either work with research integrity or societal integration at their institutions.

The data collected through the focus groups will allow us to investigate at the institutional level: a) Perceptions of public trust, research integrity and social integration, b) Concerns, hopes and expectations towards research integrity and social integration, c) Procedures and policies translating research integrity and social integration into communicational or organisational processes, d) Expectations about the impact of these procedures and policies.

The research will be conducted by Dr. Michel Dubois and the rest of the CNRS, France POIESIS research team.

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.  

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