The European Union is currently working on the next EU research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe, that will replace the Horizon 2020 programme in year 2021.
To impact on the missions and focuses of this new programme, Universities Finland (UNIFI), a co-operational organisation for Finnish universities, organized a lobbing event ‘Moonshots of the 2020s. How to make the most of the missions of Horizon Europe? Inclusive and Secure Society’ 11 October 2018 in Brussels. As a part of UNIFI’s delegation, Tuuli Lähdesmäki gave a talk ‘Cultural Encounters: A Key in Solving Tricky Problems and Making a Better Future’ in which she emphasized that cultural encountering can function as an arena for solving various social and societal challenges and making a more inclusive, tolerant, and equal future. This requires from researchers a more active role in societies as well as research that actively engages people beyond academia as participants and co-creators in research. In her talk, Lähdesmäki used DIALLS as a good example of ongoing EU-funded research projects that actively engages citizens – teachers and their pupils – in research.