A cross-cutting theme featuring across all projects, is the use of visual and creative research methods and techniques as a means of enhancing societal engagement, knowledge transfer and societal impact. The fellows learn skills to engage with the public and research participants via photography, creative visualization, theatre, and video making.
An example is the Live Action & Training project ‘The Energy of Groningen’ (August 2019) that focused on energy transition (see pictures). The fellows engaged with visitors of the yearly Noorderzon festival, who could think along about an energy-neutral Groningen. Their contributions were added to an exhibition in a container during the festival. RECOMS also went in search of solutions and opportunities to become self-sufficient in the field of energy together with residents from the Groningen neighborhood De Oosterpoort, which resulted in a theatre performance. The researchers collaborated with theater company PeerGrouP to present the results in a creative and accessible way.
According to the project leader in Groningen, Prof. Ina Horlings:
“For the creation and functioning of resourceful communities, collaboration with local associations and companies is indispensable. In addition, it is important that researchers transfer new information, such as research results, to residents in an understandable way. There should be space for creative outcomes, such as exhibitions or theater. But that is not all: the knowledge and creativity of citizens themselves are also a source of inspiration to jointly create a new story. It is about a different, more creative way of working Producing scientific publications is no longer enough”
(In: RUG-industry relations 2020, Samen kennis en innovaties ontwikkelen: towards a circular economy, p.18-19). More information can be found on www.recoms.eu
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765389.