Society behind the Horizon


At the dawn of a new decade, fraught with tensions and contradictions, the economic uncertainty hangs over a widespread and acute social inequality, political instability affects vast regions and adds to climatic and environmental emergencies. As a ship caught in a storm, our society needs to find a safe sailing route and hold to it, until calm waters are reached. And as it is the case for sailing, the right direction may be found by looking at the stars, well beyond our everyday horizon. The UN General Assembly provided a useful compass, indicating 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 to ensure Prosperity and Peace for People and the Planet thanks to a global Partnership. The SDGs reflect the major global issues, from poverty to health care, from quality education to gender equality, from clean energy to sustainable economic growth, from climate change to environmental degradation. The European Researchers’ Night 2020 organized by SOCIETYnext will show that researchers are among those whose everyday work addresses these challenges. Far from hiding in an ivory tower, researchers are deeply rooted in reality and well aware of its complexities, which so often constitute the very subject of their research. From the early warnings about climate change to the development of strategies for a fair and safe evolution of our society, researchers intervene often in the public debate. When the youth floods the streets of our cities with their worries about the future, it is time for science and research to provide their insights on the great issues of sustainable development. To respond to this societal demand, along with classic edutainment, meant to amuse the public, SOCIETYnext will offer various opportunities for serious discussions about complex issues with competent researchers, engaging participants in a two-way dialogue about priorities and needs that society should address to ensure a sustainable future.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Angelo Paletta

Unibo involved Department/s:
Area Innovazione
Area Ricerca
Dipartimento di Psicologia "Renzo Canestrari"

Cineca - Consorzio Interuniversitario(Italy)

Other Participants:
Comunicamente S.R.L. (Italy)
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)
Inaf - Istituto Nazionale Astrofisica (Italy)
Istituto Nazionale Di Geofisica E Vulcanologia Sez. Di Roma (Italy)
I.N.F.N. - Ist.Naz.Fisica Nucleare (Italy)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 198.267,50
Project Duration in months: 12
Start Date: 01/06/2020
End Date: 31/05/2021

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Partnerships for the goals This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 954949