Athena believes that science should actively contribute to a better world. Therefore, we use science as a platform to support people at the margins of society and address complex societal problems. The evidence that emerges from our research is a means to spark positive change, and create more inclusivity, equality and sustainability.
Through a transdisciplinary approach we design, facilitate and study multi-stakeholder processes. This means that we include the knowledge and expertise of a wide variety of actors in the design, conduct and evaluation of research and innovation. Think of citizens, professionals, policymakers, NGOs, industry, researchers and students. Timely involving these different perspectives discloses needs and concerns, which helps to bring new ideas to the table and anticipate potential barriers.