Infrastructure: JRC Collab & Makerspace
The JRC Collab & Makerspace are the physical infrastructure of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy and represent a turn on the ways the JRC relate to different communities when it comes to produce science for policy. The spatial arrangement of these two interlinked spaces was conceived to foster transdisciplinary research and collaborative policy development within complexity. The spaces are meant to mobilise all relevant knowledges and knowledge-holders, whether specific actors or ordinary citizens, to address both research and policy challenges.
The JRC Collab & Makerspace are complementary spaces that serve multiple purposes: research, dialogue, prototyping and experimentation, education, networking events. They allow for working retreats to Commission policy officers or residences to makers and researchers (see: JRC makers-in-residence programme).