Science for Democracy’s public engagement mainly takes the form of mobilising people and institutions, even those with whom there is no previous contact, to mobilise on certain goals.
This can take the form of international appeals aiming at convincing parliamentarians of different countries to propose similar motions in their chamber to obtain common goals at the United Nations level. At the same time, these appeals can be signed by the population at large to convince politicians to take action.
The public can also be engaged through events, online and in-person, where Science for Democracy’s fields of actions are discussed and follow-up actions considered.
For example, Science for Democracy has organised the Give Crispr a chance public snack, where everybody was welcome to listen to the presentations, and gene-edited rice was consumed by fully informed students.
Furthermore, Science for Democracy regularly produces webinars and podcasts, which are freely available online, that everybody can use to engage with its activities and campaigns.
Another avenue is the submission of petitions to the European Parliament through the official platform for their consideration, discussed by the Petitions Committee.
At the United Nations level, Science for Democracy’s advocacy is done through outreach activities to Member States and UN agencies and offices, participation in public consultations, interactive dialogs and side-events during official sessions of various bodies.