Public Participation & Deliberative Democracy Festival | October 2022

Are you interested in organising a session at this year’s Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival?

The Festival will take place on 20th-21st October 2022 and is run by the European Commission’s Competence Centre on Participatory & Deliberative Democracy. The initiative is part of the overall event of the European Year of Youth 2022, the European Union plan to get the participation and involvement of young people in building a greener, digital and more democratic Europe.

The topic of the Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival is indeed Youth Participation and, as so, young people are welcomed to submit proposals on the topics of youth concerns and interests especially around the reflection of how young people can be better and more engaged in policy and research processes.

Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

The annual festival is an open and free event that brings together people of different backgrounds interested in, and working 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 European Commission is looking for session ideas that are dynamic, interactive, informative and engaging on the subject of youth and participatory & deliberative democracy. If your submission is selected, you will be responsible for organising the session, with support from the Festival team. See the Call for expression of interest.

Sessions can be organised either in-person in Brussels (Belgium) or Ispra (Italy) as well as online.

The deadline to submit your ideas is 15th May, filling out the submission form.

The criteria ruling over submissions are:

  • Relevance: The session is relevant to the Festival themes
  • Quality and preparation of submission: All sections are filled in with well-considered proposals for session structure, speakers, format, discussion points, and expected outcomes
  • Appeal: The proposed session is appealing to the broader Festival audience in that it is dynamic, creative and informative
  • Representation of diverse and alternative viewpoints: We want to hear the voices of diverse groups that may not often get heard, including participants from all walks of life

How To Find Your Idea

There are a number of sub-themes the European Commission is 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.

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