about the project

The SEiSMiC project (Societal Engagement in Science, Mutual Learning in Cities) helps tackle Europe's biggest urban problems by engaging citizens, identifying social innovation needs, and contributing to future urban policies and research strategies. It organises diverse networks of urban stakeholders to work together and exchange ideas about social innovation. The networks give an opportunity for grassroots innovators to influence Europe's urban-research agenda, and they give a platform for urban researchers to disseminate the results of their work. SEiSMiC is a mutual learning exercise, with researchers learning from citizens, and citizens learning from research.

Within the project, national networks have been established in 10 European countries. The networks include civil society organisations, media, schools and universities, scientists, museum curators, research funders, business people and policy makers. Bringing these networks together for structured dialogue will build a bridge between the scientific community and society.

SEiSMiC is a support action funded under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for research, technological development and demonstration, in the context of the European Commission's Science in Society Programme. It contributes a social dimension to the EC's Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda and supports the joint programming initiative JPI Urban Europe. Established in 2010 by several EU member states and associated countries, JPI Urban Europe seeks to coordinate and strengthen urban research and innovation across Europe.

SEiSMiC is one of two FP7-funded actions (the other being BOOST: Cooperation in urban science, technology and policy) that will support JPI Urban Europe between November 2013 and November 2016. 

The project is implemented by 13 partners and coordinated by the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna and Platform 31 in The Hague. It will involve network building in Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.