CALL FOR PAPERS
Co-Create! - Co-creation of curricula, tools and educational scenarios for building soft competences for personal development and employability
Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia, 17 September 2018
The conference “Co-Create!” aims at presenting case studies, experiences and theoretical reflections related to the need of adopting participatory processes engaging schools, scientists and other societal actors as co-producers of curricula and educational scenarios. The conference is built around the organizers’ experiences within Erasmus Plus projects, in particular DIYPES - Do It Yourself! A participative approach to increase participation and engagement of high school students in Physical Education and Sport classes. DIYPES final aim is to develop scenarios and examples of good practice in regards to models for building innovative participatory approaches to Physical Education and Sport classes at a European level. Participation and involvement of other international projects, in particular Erasmus Plus projects with educational purposes, is welcomed in order to get a broad exchange of views (among them, for instance, DESCI – Developing and Evaluating Skills for Creativity and Innovation, aimed at promoting alternating training paths based on the Living Lab approach, adopting participatory design methodologies to connect school, enterprise, research and territory).
The development of educational curricula, scenarios and tools like textbooks is not a “neutral” matter, but one that reflects the assimilation of specific values by societies, and the view of how societies are building their future; this is the reason why actively involving different actors from the educational field can be considered as a political action in the perspective of “aligning research and innovation to the values, needs and expectations of society” and integrating citizens’ visions, needs and desires into science and innovation, as envisaged by the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework. In particular, in the last years debate on competences, the role of soft skills – which, according to the EU Commission, include Learning to learn, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, social skills and problem solving – is increasingly emerging in the development of more inclusive societies and in promoting innovation processes in the context of the H2020 societal challenges.
Specific themes of interest for the “Co-Create!” conference include but are not limited to:
the use of participatory methodologies/processes in educational and work environments, involving students, teachers and other social actors in co-producing educational scenarios, including alternating training, and innovation;
building competences and skills in educational and work environments: the emerging role of “soft” skills – also related to social interaction, commitment to active and democratic participation, creativity, ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives - as the cornerstone for the personal development of individuals, in close connection with the “hard” subject-related skills, also to foster youth employment;
multiculturalism as transversal value to be considered in educational and work environments, in a historical period where Europe is confronted with increasing migratory waves;
innovative processes for developing educational curricula in relationship to work environments.
The submitted papers are encouraged to debate the specific themes from the perspective of science education, in connection with the other RRI key themes: public engagement, governance, ethics, gender and open science.
With this focus the conference will cover and systematise these themes and will help to fill the gap in the current literature.
The authors interested in presenting their work at the conference will have to prepare a 10-page research paper by June 15, 2018, which will be submitted to peer-review.
Paper submissions must be in an electronic form as PDF format and should be uploaded using the Easychair system. Please use the following templates to generate your PDF: MS Word.
Submitted papers should be at most 10 single-space printed pages; papers that fail to comply with length limit will be rejected. Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 peer reviewers. Selection criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality, technical soundness, and quality of presentation. Preference will be given to submissions that take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics related to Responsible Research and Innovation. After the preliminary notification date, authors modify their manuscript according to all reviewers’ inquiries and comments. Based on the rebuttal feedback, reviewers notify authors with the final decision.
The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in “SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance” series (
At least one author per accepted paper should attend the conference to present it. The related paper will be published in the Conference Proceedings.
Paper submission is available online via: EasyChair
The paper submission site can be found at the page
Planned format of the conference
Duration of the conference: one day
Planned number of accepted papers: 10-12
June 22, 2018 (extended from June 15, 2018 to June 22, 2018): Deadline for paper submission
July 14, 2018: Notification of paper acceptance for publication in the Conference Proceedings volume and feedback from the reviewers
July 28, 2018: Submission deadline for the final version of the papers, modified according to the reviewers’ comments
August 14, 2018: deadline for conference registration
September 17, 2018: RRI-SIS Multi-conference
Science Centre AHHAA, Sadama 1, 51004, Tartu, Estonia
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Conference registration fee:
The regular registration fee is of 180,00 Euros.
The students registration fee is of 100,00 Euros.
The registration fee includes the volume of the proceedings of the Co-Create! Conference, the coffee breaks and lunch during the three days of the multiconference and gives access to all the joint conferences organised in the framework of the M-RRI-SIS 2018 (
Adriana Valente, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Petru Sandu, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Michela Mayer, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy and Science Education/Sustainability Education expert, Rome, Italy
Margus Pedaste, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Valentina Tudisca, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Fulvio Ananasso, Stati Generali dell’Innovazione, Rome, Italy
Sveva Avveduto, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Balint Balázs, Environmental social science research group, Budapest, Hungary
Stefania Belmonte, Agenzia Nazionale Politiche Attive del Lavoro, Rome, Italy
Silvia Caravita, consultant, didactic of science expert, Italy
Graça S. Carvalho, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Chiara Cavallaro, Institute for the Study of Regionalism, Federalism and Self-Government of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Claudia Ceccarelli, Institute for Complex Systems of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Fiona Catherine Chambers, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Antonella Ciocia, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Roma, Italy
Paola De Castro, National Institute of Health of Italy, Rome, Italy
Marco De Cave, FuturoDigitale Non-profit Association, Cosenza, Italy
Anna-Liisa Elorinne, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
Elisabetta Falchetti, Eccom Association, Rome, Italy
Giordana Francia, The International Committee for the Development of Peoples, Rome, Italy
Peter Gray, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Erich Griessler, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria
Claudia Gina Hassan, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Alba L’Astorina, The Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment of the National Research Council of Italy, Milan, Italy
Paolo Landri, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Fisciano, Italy
Daniela Luzi, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Marisa Michelini, Udine University and the International Research Group on Physics Teaching
Claudia Pennacchiotti, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy
Sébastien Pesce, Université François-Rabelais, Tours, France
Gema Revuelta De La Poza, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
Paolo Russo, Stati Generali dell’Innovazione, Rome, Italy
Charly Ryan, The University of Winchester, Winchester, the United Kingdom
Sabah Selmaoui, Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Maroc
Zacharoula Smyrnaiou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Zografou, Greece
Menelaos Sotiriou, Science View, Athens, Greece
Norbert Steinhaus, Bonn Science Shop, Bonn, Germany
Michael Strähle, Science Shop Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Christine Urban, Science Shop Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Andrea Vargiu, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy
Rachele Villani, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
Vania Virgili, National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Rome, Italy
Nina Zugic, Consultant, the United Kingdom
Short biography of the Conference chairs
Adriana Valente, jurist and sociologist, is research director at the Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies of the National Research Council of Italy, where she works as scientific responsible of the research group Social Studies on Science, Education, Communication, aimed at understanding and enhancing relations between science, politics and society. Among her research interests: relations between evidence and decision making; education, didactics of science and participation to the scientific debate; science communication and scientific community; representations of international migrations and migrants on media and textbooks. http://www.irpps.cnr.it/en/staff/adriana-valente-3/
Petru Sandu is associate researcher at the Department of Public Health, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences of Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where he works to raise awareness at local and national level on the importance of Physical Activity policy development and to contribute to healthier communities through facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-informed, cross-sectoral Physical Activity policies and programs. Among his research interests: physical activity policy and practice – youth and adolescents, evidence informed health policies, dance as falls prevention intervention in older adults, research ethics. http://publichealth.ro/index.php/petru-sandu/
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