Technology in and for Society: Innovating well for inclusive transitions


Erika Widegren

Re-Imagine Europa

Chief Executive


Erika Widegren is Chief Executive of Re-Imagine Europa (RIE), the first incubator for new political ideas for Europe co-founded together with President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. The aim of RIE is to redefine how long-term policy and vision is developed through the use of new technologies to foster a dynamic public discourse, collective intelligence and realistic solutions for the benefit of a stronger, fairer and more competitive Europe. Erika has been working in the field of connecting science, society and policy for over a decade. She is fellow at PlusValue, a UK-based European company focusing on social innovation; she is board member of Citizen Communication Platform, a Swedish project to promote stronger communication with citizens; and was a member of the committee supporting the work of Luc Van den Brande, Special Adviser to President Jean- Claude Juncker, for the Report on the “Outreach towards Citizen” Strategy. From 2010 to 2015 she was the Executive Director of Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy working on issues like Science in Society, Responsible Research and Innovation, Digital Science, Evidence-based Policy Making and Citizen Engagement. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at European conferences on these topics and has authored several reports and chapters on the topic.

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