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Big Picnic brings together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help tackle the
global challenge of food security. Botanic gardens, with help from other Partners, will co-create a range of exhibitions and participatory events with people from all walks of life, to generate dialogue and build greater understanding of food security. Our collaborative approach aims to give a voice to adults and young people, communicating their views to policy-makers, sharing ideas, encouraging debate on the future of our food and achieving Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
How do we ensure our growing population has access to sufficient safe and nutritious food? Will we have fertile enough land to grow food in the future? Is it possible to adapt food production to climate change?
Big Picnic aims to generate debate on all these topics and more, by bringing together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help address the global challenge of food security.
The Big Picnic team involves nineteen Partner organisations, including botanic gardens, universities, a science shop, an institute for art, science and technology, and an international NGO. Co-ordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Big Picnic Partners span twelve countries across Europe and one in Uganda. These Partners will use a range of traveling exhibitions, activities, science cafés and participatory events, co-created with local people, to generate dialogue and build greater understanding of food security issues.
This collaborative approach aims to give a voice to adults and young people on Responsible Research and Innovation, communicating their views to policy-makers, sharing ideas, and encouraging debate on the future of our food.
Big Picnic has seven objectives:
1. Increase engagement with local and global food security issues through outreach exhibitions and science cafés among diverse audiences.
2. Co-create, with diverse audiences, accessible and novel mechanisms to facilitate interaction and bridge the gap between the public, policy makers and researcher.
3. Develop botanic gardens as centers that promote dialogue between public, researchers and policy makers
4. Improve the understanding and realization of Responsible Research and Innovation through the provision of best practice case studies for an RRI toolkit
5. Utilize the findings of other EU funded projects: INQUIRE, PLACES and VOICES.
6. Build the capacity of botanic gardens across Europe to develop and deliver co-creation approaches with their local and regional audiences
7. Co-develop tools for measuring the engagement of partners and co-creation teams with RRI and the benefits of the co-creation participatory approach adopted in the project.