PARCOS | Participatory Communication of Science

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From 01/01/2020 to 31/12/2022

The main aim of ParCos is to improve science communication by creating participatory science stories that link to source evidence that the public can interpret for themselves to scaffold new science activities, and to deliver them through popular media forms of broadcast media and VR/AR technologies. This will be achieved through the following objectives.

  • To increase trust in science outputs through making underlying evidence and its interpretation more transparent
  • To improve interaction between different science stakeholders through participatory approaches to science communication.
  • To develop pedagogical approaches and to deliver teaching of new practices for communicating science to both professional and non-professional users.

Interactive Storytelling with scientific data

ParCos will change the way that science stories are communicated, by inviting the audience to experience and interpret the data for themselves.

The project will bring stories, through popular media forms, such as documentary films, television broadcast, AR or VR games, social media and AI chatbots.

These stories will embed or link to curated data visualisations that help the audience to find a starting point to explore data. These will be provided through tools available on secondary devices.

ParCos aims to combat the spread of misinformation by giving people the tools to help them reach their own conclusions.


As a part of PARCOS´ efforts to support finding and telling stories from science, they have a prepared a wiki-style guidebook. The pop-up guidebook opens a door to use arts-based methods in various stages of participatory processes of making sense of data. This is based on an ideology of making science participation a mainstream activity; one that is a part of popular and cultural activities, one that people want to – and more critically are able – to participate in. It is an iterative co-creation process.


  • LUT University (Finland)
  • Knowle West Media Centre (UK)
  • MintLab, KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • VRT Innovation (Belgium)

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