In need of a communication & dissemination and/or Social License to Operate (SLO) partner in your EU project?

Apart from being an ideal science/technology partner in the domain of zero-waste valorisation of metal-containing End-of-Life products, extractive waste and/or industrial process residues, SIM² KU Leuven also offers it services as “dissemination and outreach” partner in your multi-partner EU and EIT RawMaterials projects. Taking into account that the European Commission is increasingly stressing the importance of social acceptance issues, as well as tailored dissemination and communication towards a diversity of target audiences, SIM² KU Leuven can be of real assistance to you.

Our offer:

Communication & Dissemination

SIM² KU Leuven offers a wide range of communication, dissemination & outreach tools and services, specially tailored for European funded projects:

We develop a smart/integrated website for your project, which is automatically linked to other initiatives, allowing to harvest relevant news from other websites.

Dynamic websites for EU projects

The website contains dynamic features, showing sliders with news items, videos, new publications, events etc. We then also couple the website with a Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn company page or a LinkedIn Group page (e.g. Zero-waste) allowing us to boost the impact of the project news items.

ETN Websites portfolio:





SOCRATES website

RIA/IA Websites portfolio:


Professional leaflet, presentation and dissemination kit


Using the same project style as for the website we can develop a tailored set of project leaflets and corporate presentations, which can be used by project members when they have to represent the consortium at events. Concurrently, our team can develop a comprehensive dissemination kit, which can also include project logo, project presentation templates (ppt, doc), project poster, roll-up banner.

Papers archiving system SIM² KU Leuven has also developed (1) automated reporting tool for all (peer-reviewed) Open Access publications developed through the project, allowing “H2020/Horizon Europe-proof” depositing in Open Access compliant repositories, (2) forms to report all project-related communication and dissemination activities (participation in workshops, conferences; organisation of events; interviews…) performed by Consortium members. The latter facilitates sound EU project reporting in the EU Participant Portal system. The tool are smartly integrated with the project website, acting as a single entry point for scientific paper reporting & archiving and dissemination activities reporting for European Projects.
MSCA-ITN Recruitment toollEarly Stage Researcher (ESR) recruitment tool for ETN projects is necessary in order to comply with EC recruitment rules and regulations AND to reduce the number of uncompliant candidates, usually by one order of magnitude. Smart notifications are being sent to the recruitment team and to the supervisor of each ESR position to facilitate the selection, interviewing and recruitment of the best candidates for the researcher positions.
In order to communicate the results of your projects to a diversity of professional audience (academia, RTDs, industry, policy makers etc.) we produce Mailchimp Newsletters which contain all key items of your project (for style, see e.g. SIM² KU Leuven Newsletter). As such, the visibility of your project and the results obtained can be drastically enhanced, leading to a much larger impact than without such a strategy. In terms of reaching EU and national Policy Makers, SIM² KU Leuven also has a lot of experience in developing Policy Briefs (either as separate files or integrated in the Newsletters) which highlight policy-relevant parts of the project (e.g. NEW-MINE Policy Brief). Once again, this can dramatically increase the impact of your project and/or open up new avenues for future research, innovation and demonstration.
News and social media authoring appGathering relevant content for website and social media can be difficult. The content authoring tool is designed to help project team members create content in a simple way, without the hassle of managing the website, publishing news items, blog posts & events to multiple platforms.  A simple approval workflow (integrated with project website and Social Media Accounts) will ensure the right content goes out at the right time and through the adequate channels, maximizing the communication impact.
INTRANETAn intranet is very useful as a collaborative tool during the project implementation, especially for projects with multiple partners, acting as a middle-ground tool for internal project communication and project management. The intranet consists of different workspaces and apps, configured and organized in a hierarchical way, in order to reflect the project structure and to help individuals and teams in their work. Organizing team work, planning tasks execution, exchanging info, creating polls, sharing files, scheduling meetings are just a few functionalities that can make life easier during a project lifetime. Workspaces built and configured for each project Work Package, for Communication or Project Management, with access control at group and user level, configurable workflows, a real-time activity stream and a dynamic mobile app will make your project team happier!

SIM² KU Leuven is also highly experienced in organising project events such as Events in the European Parliament (e.g. 2nd ELFM Seminar in the EP), Summer Schools, Bootcamps, Conferences and Symposia, Policy Workshops. The SIM² KU Leuven team can provide a tailored scheme in view of the need of the project.

Social License to Operate

The European Commission is paying increasing attention to the social acceptance in the European Raw Materials Sector. In the Horizon 2020 calls for projects, the consortia are explicitly asked to integrate a clear strategy on how civil society will be engaged in order to build trust in the mining and recycling sectors in Europe. Often, social acceptance and public trust are translated into the granting (or not) of a ‘Social License to Operate’ (SLO). The concept has become increasingly important, especially in the extractive industry, and more recently it has been adopted also in other economic sectors such as energy production, agriculture, and forestry. SIM² KU Leuven offers it services to become your SLO partner in your multi-partner EU and EIT RawMaterials projects. Starting from a comprehensive stakeholder analysis on local and regional level, a stakeholder engagement strategy is developed and implemented with special attention to local communities living in the vicinity of the industrial operations.

  • The organisation of locals events stimulates the awareness of interdependency and allows for increased contextual sensitivity. This bottom-up approach is materialized through a local dialogue focusing on transparency, trust building, risk management and participatory monitoring. (Example: Locals event at the Remo landfill site in Belgium)
  • Complementary, we organize a series of top-down events, a high level multi-stakeholder transition arena, where lessons learned and policy recommendations are formulated. Our researchers in process psychology, multi-stakeholder collaboration and groups dynamics are experts in facilitating these events (see EU NEMO, EU CROCODILE)

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