BigPicnic is a three year project (2016 - 2019) funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 prgramme which brings together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help tackle the global challenge of food security.
Botanic gardens, with help from other Partners, will co-create a range of exhibitions and participatory events with people from all walks of life, to generate dialogue and build greater understanding of food security. Our collaborative approach aims to give a voice to adults and young people, communicating their views to policy-makers, sharing ideas, encouraging debate on the future of our food and achieving Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
The BigPicnic team involves nineteen Partner organisations, including botanic gardens, universities, a science shop, an institute for art, science and technology, and an international NGO. Co-ordinated by BGCI, BigPicnic Partners span twelve countries across Europe and one in Uganda.
BigPicnic has seven objectives:
- Increase engagement with local and global food security issues through outreach exhibitions and science cafés among diverse audiences.
- Develop botanic gardens as centres that promote dialogue between public, researchers and policy makers
- Improve the understanding and realization of Responsible Research and Innovation through the provision of best practice case studies for an RRI toolkit
- Utilize the findings of other EU funded projects: INQUIRE, PLACES and VOICES.
- Build the capacity of botanic gardens across Europe to develop and deliver co-creation approaches with their local and regional audiences
- Co-develop tools for measuring the engagement of partners and co-creation teams with RRI and the benefits of the co-creation participatory approach adopted in the project
For more information about the project visit the BigPicnic website.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710780.