As described by the Commission, the programme aims to “build effective cooperation between science and society, to recruit new talent for science, and to pair scientific excellence with social awareness and responsibility”. This includes objectives such as:
- Making scientific and technological careers attractive to young students;
- Promoting gender equality;
- Integrating society in science and innovation issues, policies and activities by incorporating the needs and values of citizens;
- Encouraging citizens to engage in science through formal and informal science education;
- Developing the governance for the advancement of responsible research and innovation by all stakeholders;
- Taking due and proportional precautions in research and innovation activities by anticipating and assessing potential environmental, health and safety impacts;
- Improving knowledge on science communication in order to enhance the quality and effectiveness of interactions between scientists, general media and the public.
LIBER’s response emphasises the power of Open Access, Open Science and Text and Data Mining to transform how research and ideas are communicated, and the need for continued support of these practices.