Published March 8, 2024 | Version Final version after EC evaluation.
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  • 1. UCLan Cyprus


This deliverable presents a thorough analysis of the results of various European Union (EU) funded projects that dealt – directly or indirectly – with the issues of trust in science and science-society co-creation. It is guided by the three following objectives:

  1. To review and systematise the results of previous projects regarding the issues of public trust in science and science-society co-creation.

  2. To examine what kind of tools these projects used and present their main findings.

  3. To identify the most important shortcomings and barriers in these approaches.

The report has been produced for the purposes of T1.2 Analysis of results and outputs of EU projects in WP1 Getting insights on mistrust in science and challenges to science society co-creation of the VERITY project.

The findings of this report were mainly produced from the thematic analysis of 59 carefully selected previous projects under the Horizon 2020 – Science with and for Society (SwafS) Programme, out of which 41 contributed to the derivation of the following five themes:

  1. The spectrum of the public’s roles in science-society co-creation

  2. Collaborative decision making and public trust in science

  3. The importance of science communication strategies

  4. RRI as a means of promoting trust in science

  5. Barriers challenges and strategies to overcome them

The report begins with an introductory section presenting the main objectives of the present study within the VERITY project. The following section outlines the methodology, including all the steps from the identification of the most important keywords and concepts used for the initial search of the projects, e.g., trust in science, co-creation etc., to the process of deciding the eligibility of each project to be included in the thematic analysis and the final production of this report. It also includes the methodology for thematic analysis of the selected documents based on the six steps of data familiarisation, generation of codes, search for themes, review of themes, definition of themes, and the production of the text.

The next section provides a detailed discussion of each of the five key themes identified in the thematic analysis and contains the main findings of this report. The following section presents germane qualitative and quantitative data that emerged from the thematic analysis, including a brief discussion of the projects with the most substantial contributions to the topic of public trust in science, and quantitative data on the countries in which the examined projects took place, the scientific fields with which they were associated and the categories of stakeholders they involved.

The last section of this deliverable contains a summary of the main findings and a list of open issues regarding the public’s trust in science, which will be used to guide and enrich the future actions of the VERITY project.


D1.1 Review Paper of previous EU projects results and recommendations.pdf

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VERITAS – deVEloping scientific Research with ethIcs and inTegrity for shAred benefitS 101058623
European Commission