Project

BigPicnic

Food security has become an increasingly important issue in our globalized economy. What do we know about our food? And how do we feed our world's growing population? What does it mean that our farming practises are becoming less and less distributed? Within the BigPicnic project, eightteen European partners (including 15 botanical gardens from Europe and Uganda) are working to bring “food security” to the attention of their city's citizens. These gardens consciously chose to take an active position in this urgent debate. 

Ensuring availability of and access to sufficient amounts of, safe, and nutritious food is a key priority for all EU citizens. This project aims to increase public understanding of food security issues. It also enables people of all ages across Europe and in Uganda to debate and articulate their views concerning this issue to their peers, scientists, and policy makers.

Co-creation
Waag Society is an expert partner in the field of co-creation and will train the gardens to provide their public with a participatory design role in this debate. The 15 botanical gardens across Europe and Uganda will collaborate with research partners and Waag Society to design, host, and harvest a number of co-created activities for the people in their communities. For this purpose, Waag Society will make use of an earlier developed co-creation brainstorm kit.

The title “BigPicnic” is a metaphor for the rich selection of co-creative methods (just as picnic baskets are filled with a rich variety of flavours), which the gardens will acquire through a educational journey guided by Waag Society. The project as a whole aims to contribute to the Responsible Research and Innovation agenda and tools.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 710780.

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Project Partners:
Universität Innsbruck, Austria
University College London, United Kingdom
Agentschap Plantentuin Meise, Belgium
Comune di Bergamo, Italy
Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, the Netherlands
Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw, Poland
Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
Hellinikos Georgikos Organismos - Dimitra, Athens, Greece
Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski, Sofia, Bulgaria
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain
Universidad de Alcala, Madrid, Spain
Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Germany
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Wissenschaftsladen Bonn, Germany
Universitetet i Oslo, Norway
Tooro Botanical Gardens, Fort Portal, Uganda
Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Duration of the project: 
01-05-2016 to 30-04-2019