Stakeholder and User Engagement
GRACE has an explicit focus on stakeholder and user engagement which is reflected by a dedicated work package (WP7).
Stakeholders are involved in the planning stage of our research and in the interpretation of results and in drawing conclusions.
This applies to both major activities in the project,
- the development, conduct and evaluation of animal feeding trials and alternative studies for the assessment of GMO impacts on human health, and
- the development of a systematic approach for assessing available evidence on beneficial and adverse impacts of GM crops (referred to as ‘good review practice’) and the subsequent use of these evidence synthesis methods for reviewing existing evidence on health, environmental, and socioeconomic impacts.
- the development of an open access database tool in order to support (1) and (2) but also more broadly as a central access point bringing together information sources relevant for GMO impact assessment
The aim of GRACE engagement activities is to better inform the research process considering project-external expert and stakeholder knowledge and views and to make our results more relevant from a broader societal perspective. Engagement methods are diverse (workshops, written consultations, questionnaires, and small-group discussion) and allow interested third-parties to either engage in intense face-to-face discussions with GRACE team members or to participate in written consultations. Participants will be asked for feed-back in order to fine-tune stakeholder engagement activities along the project.
The discussions of the workshops and the comments received will be thoroughly documented in Stakeholder Consultation Reports which will be published at the GRACE website. Where appropriate these reports will include the responses of the GRACE team to the comments received enabling any interested third party to trace and understand the workflow in GRACE.
In case of any further questions on GRACE engagement activities, please, contact the team at GRACEfirstname.lastname@example.org .
Please check out the following links for further information on our stakeholder engagement activities:
“We ensure transparency and stakeholder involvement”
Some critics are complaining that they have not been sufficiently involved in GRACE. GRACE coordinator Prof. Joachim Schiemann explains how the GRACE project cooperates with stakeholders.
The database CADIMA (Central Access Database for Impact Assessment of Crop Genetic Improvement Technologies) contains quality assessed studies and conclusions on the health effects, socio-economic consequences and environmental impacts of GM plants as well as raw data of animal feeding studies and alternative in vitro approaches.