Festival 2022 > Agenda | Ispra


Festival 2022 > Agenda | Ispra

4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival


In Ispra, the Festival will take place at the Joint Research Centre, in the Makerspace and Collaborative Space (JRC, bld. 17). All the sessions except for the interactive one at 13:30 will be live-streamed.

The Master of Ceremony for the day will be Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Maruszewski, the Director of Knowledge Management Directorate, JRC, European Commission. 

DAY 1 | 20 OCTOBER 2022 | ISPRA

Sensorial walk

What: The ‘sensorial walk’ is a short walk in silence aimed at reflecting on the potential of our senses as 'receptors' of the environment, enabling us to understand the status of nature and our relationship with the land we cross. When: 20 October 2022, h 11:30 start - h 12:30 end (the walk is 30 minutes but we will have an initial briefing and final moment of reflection). In case of heavy rain, the walk will be cancelled. In case of moderate rain, bring an umbrella + water proof shoes and we will sense the rain! Where: meeting point - JRC Ispra New Mensa; end point - Makerspace Building 17.

To book your place contact Anna Berti Suman: Anna.BERTI-SUMAN@ec.europa.eu

Welcome lunch

The Festival day will start in Ispra with a welcome lunch during which participants will have a chance to network.

At 13:20, Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Maruszewski, the Director of Knowledge Management Directorate, JRC, will welcome participants with an opening speech. 


During the whole afternoon, the participants will have a chance to visit two installations that will be located in the Makerspace rooms next to the Collab-space where the sessions will be hosted. 

The first installation will showcase the participatory tools used during a STING initiative called “Percorso Impollinatori”, which aims to engage citizens + farmers on collaborative actions to reverse the decline of pollinators. Walk through the installation if you > Are curious to know what a Pollinators Picnic look like and how people came up with a menu for both humans and pollinating insects > Can’t believe that ordinary people and a robot collaborated to monitor biodiversity in the farms > Can’t imagine how citizens and farmers sat together around a wooden board game and conceived actions of care towards pollinating insects. Your guide will be Laura Boffi.

The second installation will allow participants to try out one of JRC's Virtual Reality experiences: 1) Pollinator Valley allows you to meet and learn about these insects in the wild. Pollinators are an essential part of the food web, working tirelessly to ensure our food supply and future. What would the world be like without pollinators? Come find out. 2) How fast is global deforestation happening? Forests help clean the air, water, and soil while also combating climate change by absorbing CO2. Once harvested, they provide a wealth of resources to human societies. The current global rate of deforestation is 10 million hectares per year. Come see for yourself.

The Hive: Democracy in a honeybee hive

The Hive: Democracy in a Superorganism is an interactive exercise that draws on the idea of honeybee democracy and decision-making in a honeybee hive during swarming: a critical moment when a honeybee colony needs to find a new nesting location before honey supplies run out. Using a game format, participants have to work together to solve a common problem that honeybees face. The aim of The Hive is to experience what it might be like for honeybees to make decisions as a collective, and ultimately reflect on what participatory democracy means for us as humans and whether we can learn from other species and their systems of “democracy”.

moderators: Nadine Schuller & Nynke Blömer (Co-founders of Pollinator Ambassadors)
What can civic monitoring offer to deliberative democracy?

Our interactive session brings a distinctive form of deliberative democracy, i.e. the reality of ‘civic assemblies’, in dialogue with that of 'civic environmental monitoring'. Through contributions from research and from practice (invited Observatories), we illustrate how the two forms of participation can be complementary in facilitating collective decision-making. We outline the promises and perils of bringing these instruments together, both in the preliminary phase of the civic assemblies and in the implementation of recommendations stemming from collective deliberation. A live illustrator will accompany our panel with scribbling and invite participants to do the same.

moderator: Anna Berti Suman (The SensJus project & Digital Economy Unit, JRC), Sven Schade (Team leader at Digital Economy Unit, JRC)
panellists: Fulvio Fagiani (Spokesperson for the Rete Clima Verbano), Gianni Tartari (Osservatorio Lambro Lucente), Giovanni Zenga (Politecnico Milan & Digital Economy Unit, JRC), Gregorio Pulcher (Osservatorio Italiano delle Assemblee Cittadine), sofia greaves (Postdoc at PROSPERA & Postgrowth Innovation Lab), 
illustrator: Alice Toietta
Young Arctic Voices

How to bring local, traditional and Indigenous Knowledge together with the 'western' approach to science to improve research and environmental observations across cultures? In this session Indigenous youth from the Arctic will discuss and raise awareness for their ideas and visions on how to combine these different knowledge systems based on their life experiences. Together, among European and Arctic youth, we will exchange different perspectives and discuss how to make young people’s voices heard in the Arctic. Be prepared for a very interactive and participatory session and a productive dialogue with us. We are looking forward to meeting you all!

moderator:Sebastian Plate (Researcher for Foresight and Participation at Ellery Studio, Berlin)
speakers: Amalie Bourup (Student at the University of Greenland), Anja Márjá Nystø Keskitalo (Advisor in the Saami Council's EU unit)

This will be a hybrid session connecting with JRC in Brussels.

Kuannersuit / Kvanefjeld

The mountain that became the epicentre for a democratic discussion about Greenland’s future

The Kuannarsuit/Kvanefjeld plateu in South Greenland is thought to contain the world's second-largest deposit of rare-earth oxides, sixth-largest deposit of uranium and one of the largest multi-element deposits of its kind in the world. This session will present an artwork that refract the different facets, local perceptions and decision-making around the plans for the mining of Kvanefjeld. Fragments of interviews, children's toys, impacts from melting glaciers, radiation monitoring of polar bears, radioactive rocks, tweets from the US president and traditional knowledge create a swirling fractal narrative about the discussion about a mountain that has become the epicentre for a democratic discussion about Greenland’s future. Lise will be in conversation with Adriaan Eeckels.

artist: LISE AUTOGENA (Professor of Cross Disciplinary Art at Sheffield Hallam University)
moderator: Adriaan Eeckels (Coordinator of the SCI-ART project, JRC, European Commission)