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Final conference of the project "SISCODE - Codesign for society in innovation and science"

From 3-7 May 2021 the final conference "Co-creating human-centred policies - for a better Europe" of the SISCODE project will take place . During five mornings, results of the project will be presented and a joint manifesto for "Future Policymaking" will be developed. In addition, a MOOC about “Co-creation for policy makers: an introductory course” will be launched, which can already be accessed via POK (Polimi Open Knowledge) and soon also via the EU Academy.Vom 3.-7. Mai 2021 findet die Abschlusskonferenz des SISCODE Projekts unter dem Titel “Co-creating human-centered policies - for a better Europe“ statt. An fünf Vormittagen werden Ergebnisse des Projekts präsentiert und ein gemeinsames Manifest für „Zukünftige Politikgestaltung“ erarbeitet.


On each conference day, a central topic in the field of co-creation will be discussed, including different cultures of participation for citizen engagement, approaches to participation designs and methods, empowerment and inclusion, as well as potentials and challenges of ecosystems for co-creation, especially for the development of local sustainability innovations. The MOOC about “Co-creation for policy makers: an introductory course” will be launched and can already be accessed via POK (Polimi Open Knowledge) and soon also via the EU Academy. Information on the invitation and registration can be found here.

Preliminary Conference program:

May 3, 2021 (9.30 am -12.30 pm): “Developing a culture of co-creation with citizens"

Design can play a key role in the development of advanced forms of citizen engagement and participation, a necessary step in the implementation of better European policies. The new Bauhaus, with its combination of sustainability, aesthetics and inclusiveness and the implementation of the Green Deal are examples of this approach. In this session, participants will be invited to explore key considerations around local experiments that make use of design methodologies for co-creation and their link to European policies.

May 4, 2021 (9.30 am -12.30 pm): “The power of empathy - design for policy”

Participants to this session will explore how policy-making can benefit from the practices and methodologies of design. They will dive into the power of empathy and experience concrete and thought-provoking examples from the field and explore the potentials of design for policymaking with leading European experts. The audience will experiment with concrete design methods and discuss pressing challenges with like-minded people.

May 5, 2021 (9.30 am -12.30 pm): “Letting go of power. How do we make sure EVERYONE is involved in the co-creation process?”

Together, participants will analyse how co-creation practices can become more equitable, inclusive and socially just. They will delve into strategies and tools to ensure no one is left behind, that power asymmetries are taken into consideration, and that we really create safe spaces for experimentation, where everyone feels welcomed.

May 6, 2021 (9.30 am -12.30 pm): "Co-creation ecosystems: Enabling collaboration for sustainable cities"

What does a supportive co-creation ecosystem look like and how can it contribute to the sustainability of cities? Participants will learn about the latest research results in the field of co-creation and exciting practice examples. The day examines different co-creation cases in-depth with a focus on complexity, requirements, limits of co-creation as well as potential for social innovation and reference to the Urban Agenda for the EU.

May 7, 2021 (9.30 am -12.30 pm): “Co-creating a manifest for future policymaking”

A better Europe requires policies that respond better to societal needs. As a conclusion of 3 years of research and experimentation SISCODE consortium has worked on a draft manifesto to call for a more responsible, inclusive and sustainable European policy-making practice based on co-creation with citizens. The audience is invited to discuss and amend this manifesto together with policymakers, civil servants and other influential European actors within public sector innovation.


The Social Research Centre is involved as one of the research partners in the project. SISCODE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 788217.