4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

Event date
October 20-21, 2022
in Ispra, Italy, or Brussels, Belgium - and/or online
Short description

What is the Festival?

The annual Festival is an open and free event that brings together people of diverse backgrounds that are interested in, and work on, engagement of citizens in science, policymaking and deliberative democracy in Europe (and globally). These include EU countries, EU institutions, civil society organisations, research and academia, and artists. The programme each year features a variety of events including open conversations, interactive sessions, artwork, and an exhibition of participatory and/or deliberative democracy projects. The Festival is also the principal annual networking event for the Community of Practice of the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. In 2020, the Festival was held entirely online.

In 2022, however, it will be a hybrid event where participants will be able to attend and interact either in person – in Ispra, Italy, or Brussels, Belgium - and/or online.



2022 Theme: Youth Participation

To coincide with the European Year of Youth, the theme of the Festival this year is ‘Youth Participation’.

2022 is a year in which we find ourselves with difficult decisions to make, amid conflict, whilst looking to a future beyond the pandemic. That is why the Commission is reaching out to young people for their vision, engagement and participation to co-create the futures they want. According to the 2021 European Year of Youth Survey, 62.9% of respondents did know or were not sure how to make their voice heard or express their opinion. In response to these findings, therefore, we at the Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy are interested contribute to a participatory reflection on how young people can be better, and more, engaged in policy and research processes.

There are a number of sub-themes we are interested in exploring at the festival that fall under the main theme of Youth Participation. These include:

1) Local and Indigenous Youth Roles in traditional knowledge transmission and circulation. The focus here is on how young local and indigenous people are being engaged in science and policymaking.

2) Space: How can we harness space, both virtual and physical, for better participatory and deliberative outcomes with, and for, youth?

 3) Czechia: During the festival the Presidency of the Council of the EU will be Czechia, and therefore we welcome submissions on the theme of participatory and deliberative democracy in relation to Czechia.

Get involved

The Festival team wants to support you to participate in the Festival! Please get in touch with us if you would like to contribute as an expert/researcher in participatory and deliberative democracy, or as an artist, Maker or other expert role. We’d love to hear from you!

Contact us for further questions or information: EU-CITIZEN-ENGAGEMENT@ec.europa.eu

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Geographical focus
  • European Union (EU 27)
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Social Sciences
Event type
  • Conference in EU/international
  • Webinar

Entry created by Admin WBC-RTI.info on May 3, 2022
Modified on May 3, 2022