Big Questions - engaging the public with Responsible Research and Innovation on Food Security

BigPicnic will engage a wide range of audiences across the EU with the topic of food security, a topic of major concern for the future and one that will have far reaching impact on personal expenditure, health and lifestyle.

The term ‘Big Picnic’ is used as a metaphor throughout the project and reflects the importance of maintaining sustainable food production and distribution, as well as the social dimension of sharing food between friends and family with food as a cultural and social link.

Audience representatives, together with experts on the various aspects topic of food security, will work as co-creation teams to develop country-specific outreach exhibitions and activities about food security. These exhibitions will be taken out to audience friendly venues, to raise awareness of food security issues and to facilitate public dialogue and deliberations around the future of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) on food security.

Follow-up on line and digital activities will also be developed to snowball the awareness and to engage audiences at home. Overall through the face-to-face interactions the project is anticipated to engage with 8000 people across 13 countries (12 European and one in Africa), however through technology and social media the project reach will be maximised with an expected 90,000 engaged through take home challenges and other activities, as well as a further 200,000 through social media.


Related outputs

  • This is a new initiative and related outputs will be posted here in due course


  • Horizon 2020 - ‘Science with and for society’. ISSI .1.2014.2015 –‘Pan European public Outreach: exhibitions and science Cafes engaging citizens in science’

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Project Partners:

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), UK
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), UK
  • University College London (UCL), UK
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK
  • University of Sofia Botanic Garden (UBG), Bulgaria
  • Hortus Botanicus Leiden (Hortus), The Netherlands
  • The Waag society, The Netherlands
  • Botanic Garden Meise (Meise), Belgium
  • Balkan Botanic Garden of Kroussia (BBGK), Greece
  • Wissenschaftsladen Bonn - Bonn Science Shop (WilaBonn), Germany
  • Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Schulbiologisches Zentrum Hannover (SBZH), Germany
  • Warsaw University Botanic Garden, Poland
  • Agencia Estatal consejo De Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Spain
  • University of Alcalá. Real Jardín Botánico Juan Carlos I (UAH), Spain
  • Museo delle Scienze (MUSE), Italy
  • Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy
  • MV Lomonosov Moscow State University Botanical Garden (MSU), Russia
  • Universitet I Oslo, Natural History Museum (NHM), Norway
  • Ville De Bordeaux (BORD), France
  • University of Lisbon Botanic Garden (UL), Portugal


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