SPARKS is an awareness-raising and engagement project to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) across 29 European countries (EU members plus Switzerland). It gathers 33 organisations as partners and linked Third Parties. SPARKS will organise an interactive touring exhibition and 232 innovative participatory activities on RRI (science cafés, pop-up Science Shops, incubation activities and scenario workshops) across Europe.

  • Raise awareness about RRI across Europe and encourage citizens and other stakeholders to engage in it
  • Contribute to the achievement of Horizon 2020’s objective
  • Feed R&I policies at the EU, national, regional and local levels with societal inputs to facilitate the development of RRI
  • Build upon existing projects and powerful networks


SPARKS’ methodology emphasises interdisciplinary (science, art, policy, industry, research, science education) and participatory approaches to promote RRI in relation to health. This is a highly relevant research topic which is able to motivate citizens’ and other stakeholders’ engagement in science and research.


Status: Start: July, 2015
End: June, 2018
Principal Investigator: Catherine Hankins (
Departments(s): AIGHD
Partners: (Coordinator) Association européenne des expositions scientifiques, techniques et industrielles – European Network of Science Centres and Museums (AEESTI/ Ecsite)

Science Museum (Science Museum London)

Centrum Nauki Kopernik (Copernicus Science Centre)

Wissenschaftsladen Bonn EV (Bonn Science Shop)

European Regions Research and Innovation Network (ERRIN)

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH (Ars Electronica)

KERN European Affairs sprl – KEA European Affairs (KEA)

AS Cyprus College Limited – European University Cyprus (EUC)


Institute of Social Innovations (ISI)

Universitatea Sapientia din Cluj-Napoca – Labworm Science Shop at Sapientia University, Faculty of Science Miercurea Ciuc (LSSSU)

Neulogy a.s. (Neulogy)

Groussgasmaschinn (Luxembourg Science Center)

Università della Svizzera italiana – L’ideatorio – USI Università della Svizzera italiana (IUSI

Contact information: Brandon O’Dell (

Wiesje Zikkenheiner (

Duration: 36 Months
Funded by: European Commission
Countries:  European countries (EU members plus Switzerland)