About Us


“We watched, heard and read. We can’t ignore it.”
Sophia de Mello Breyner
Portuguese poet

RAISE – Researchers in Action for Inclusion in Science and Education – aims to reach members of society that continue to be left out or feel detached from science. It is built around a concept of co-creation that blends Researchers at Schools activities with European Researchers’ Nights (2022 and 2023 editions).

We produced two editions of the European Researchers’ Night around a set of co-created science communication outputs that emerge throughout the year from the two RAS programmes – Cientista Regressa à Escola (CRE) and Ciência di Noz Manera (CNM) – from sustained collaborations and partnerships between researchers, school students, teachers, artists, and members of the public.

Carried out in Portugal, RAISE connects researchers with Portuguese citizens and/or residents, particularly children and their families coming from underserved and/or underprivileged backgrounds, making science feel more useful and relevant to all and, ultimately, contributing to a more inclusive and diverse landscape in science and education.

To actively and effectively promote diversity and inclusiveness in science, the main target audience of RAISE is children and adults from underserved and/or underprivileged communities, and the methodologies used to implement the European Researchers’ Night events and the Researchers at Schools programmes are culturally responsive and evidence-based.

Founding Members

João Cruz
BCSD Portugal

Laura Ward
Instituto de Medicina Molecular

Catarina Ramos
Champalimaud Foundation

Joana Moscoso
Native Scientists

Inês Domingues
Instituto de Medicina Molecular

"RAISE for Wellbeing. RAISE for Social Impact"

Funded by the European Commission. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Commission. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.