The ICS is fully committed to public engagement, namely through science-society dialogue. It has an Outreach Committee and an Outreach Strategy to ensure greater cohesion and effectiveness of the various activities undertaken in this domain, to encourage new forms of action, and to promote stronger connections with research and postgraduate training. ICS researchers regularly develop a wide array of outreach activities including instances of knowledge co-production and mostly others aimed at disseminating and discussing research results with non-academic audiences, at informing public policy, and at engaging diverse stakeholders and communities. Information about these initiatives and related aspects can be found at our website ICS Open Science.
The ICS' strategy for engagement with society and knowledge transfer includes five Observatories informing debate on key aspects of Portuguese society (ageing, family, youth, democracy, environment), and contributing to social innovation and improved policy-making and governance. By promoting partnerships with local and central administration bodies, companies and private non-profit institutions, the ICS Observatories produce policy-oriented technical and scientific knowledge for local and central government, and for stakeholders.
The Observatories develop regular activities such as making databases available, performing policy analysis and recommendations, publishing research and policy briefs, organising events and training for diverse audiences, and promoting public consultations. Each Observatory has an extensive network of national and international, public and private partners.
The five Observatories collaborate on a biennial publication on crosscutting social issues: the Portugal’s Changing Society collection.
The Outreach Committee is commposed by:
Rui Costa Lopes, President of the Committee/Representative of the Scientific Board
João Ferrão, Representative of the Observatories
Ana Delicado, Representative of the Researchers
Filipa Lowndes Vicente, Representative of the Governing Board
Fronika de Wit, Representative of the Students
Luisa Sequeira Rego, Communications office