In order to guarantee the highest levels of dissemination and communication and so as to correctly inform actors at local, regional, national and international levels, BlueSCities’ project partners will establish a series of mechanisms which will promote and efficiently inform of its actions designed to result in the desired integration of water and waste within the concept of the EIP Smart Cities and Communities and which will furthermore aid the creation of awareness, consensus and a subsequent political, social, economic and technical continuity. Knowledge transfer and experience exchange is of the highest importance.
There will be two parallel activities to further enhance a dialogue at local level between water experts or managers and citizens or grass roots associations, providing member cities with guidelines and support to:
-Organise science cafés related to water and waste governance, where research and scientific information are put into a local context. Science cafés are an informal way and an adaptable format to bring people together (usually at the end of the day in a café) where one or more scientists or experts give an introduction to a given topic, opening then the floor to debate and questions. The City Blueprint project will adapt the format and provide instructions to partnering cities or other organisations that may want to set up their own science-cafés to discuss water and waste integration within a Smart Cities approach and engage the local community. Experts from the consortium will be available to take part in the science cafés organised locally.
-Organise prizes for school pupils participating in activities about water. Guidelines on how to structure local or regional competitions will be provided through the intervention of the municipal authorities.
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