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, 17-19 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.

Abstract submission

Abstracts related to the conference topics – including theoretical, empirical and methodological reflections, also starting from projects and experiences – are welcome. Abstracts should be sent by April 25, 2018, to the following e-mail addresses:,, The submitted abstracts should not exceed 150 words and the required format is Word or PDF. Authors will be informed about the acceptance of the abstracts by May 10, 2018.

Paper submission

The authors of the accepted abstracts 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.

It has to be specified that the acceptance of the abstract is considered as a pre-selection and does not imply the acceptance of the whole paper.

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.


Planned format of the conference

o   Duration of the conference: one day

o   Planned number of accepted papers: 10-12


Important Dates

  • April 25, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission

  • May 10, 2018: Notification of abstract acceptance

  • June 15, 2018: Deadline for full-text 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 17-19, 2018: RRI-SIS Multi-conference



Science Centre AHHAA, Sadama 1, 51004, Tartu, Estonia


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 (



Conference chairs

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


Program Chairs

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


Program Committee

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.

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.


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