Science together: A workshop with young Tunisian researchers

Workshop "Science with and for society"

In the frame of the 2nd Young Researchers Colloquium at Institut Pasteur de Tunis (IPT), the H2020 InSPIRES project organized a workshop entitled “Science with and for society“.

Twenty IPT students and postdocs participated in this workshop, as well as two civil society representatives from Jamaity (Tunisian CSO’s platform).

The objectives of this workshop were: to sensitize the participants to the concept “Science with and for the Society“; to encourage them to present their research in a simple and accessible way; and, finally, to help them evaluate the interest and the impact of their research on society.

During the workshop, Mrs Najet HADHRI, IPT RRI advisor of InSPIRES project, presented the concepts of “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)” and “Science with and for society (Swafs)“.

In order to give concrete examples about these concepts, activities of the InSPIRES project and the IPT Science shop “Science together” were commented. Miss Amira Ghodhbene, the student who is working in the frame of the first Science Shop project, presented her work in co-creation with the laboratory of virology at IPT and the Tunisian Association for Information and Orientation on HIV/AIDS and Toxicomania (ATIOST).

Science with and for society

Then, the participants joined a binomial exercise to learn how to present their own research in an accessible way. During this exercise, Jamaity representatives shared their thoughts on how these researches were presented by the young participants and gave several recommendations. They insisted on the importance of knowing their interlocutors and their needs before presenting their research.

The participants appreciated the exchanges between them and members of civil society as well as the interactive exercise. They expressed their wish to exchange more with civil society actors, to be more aware of their needs.

The IPT science shop “Science Ensemble” has planned to organize similar trainings for IPT and Tunisian scientists.

This workshop was proposed and facilitated by the IPT Science Shop team as part of the European InSPIRES project, which aims to open the research process in a strategic way to civil society, focusing these efforts on research and innovation in the health and environment sectors.

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