BigPicnic aims to generate debate on all these topics and more, by bringing together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help address the global challenge of food security.

The BigPicnic team involves nineteen Partner organisations, including botanic gardens, universities, a science shop, an institute for art, science and technology, and an international NGO.  Co-ordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), BigPicnic Partners span twelve countries across Europe and one in Uganda. These Partners will use a range of travelling exhibitions, activities, science cafés and participatory events, co-created with local people, to generate dialogue and build greater understanding of food security issues.

This collaborative approach aims to give a voice to adults and young people on Responsible Research and Innovation, communicating their views to policy-makers, sharing ideas, and encouraging debate on the future of our food.

BigPicnic has seven objectives: 

  1. Increase engagement with local and global food security issues through outreach exhibitions and science cafés among diverse audiences.
  2. Co-create, with diverse audiences, accessible and novel mechanisms to facilitate interaction and bridge the gap between the public, policy makers and researcher.
  3. Develop botanic gardens as centres that promote dialogue between public, researchers and policy makers
  4. Improve the understanding and realization of Responsible Research and Innovation through the provision of best practice case studies for an RRI toolkit
  5. Utilize the findings of other EU funded projects: INQUIRE, PLACES and VOICES.
  6. Build the capacity of botanic gardens across Europe to develop and deliver co-creation approaches with their local and regional audiences
  7. Co-develop tools for measuring the engagement of partners and co-creation teams with RRI and the benefits of the co-creation participatory approach adopted in the project.

  • Food security is a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.
  • When everybody is able to get enough healthy food to be well and active
  • A household is considered to be food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation.

Why engage the public with food security?

  • Food security is one of the big challenges that TBG aims to address through the Big Picnic Project in the Rwenzori region
  • Involving the end users as farmers, consumers, public authorities and community members in finding solutions through research and innovations is regarded as a key to food security.

Implementation strategy.

Science cafes; these will be organized in casual places like restaurants, pubs and coffeehouses, they are pen to everyone to engage with scientists on food security, It will help local people to connect with experts and share ideas on food security.


This is a platform that brings people from different back ground of life to discuss and resolve an issue (food security) in order to jointly produce a mutually valued outcome. It is very important to have ideas of other stakeholders’ minds.

Big Picnic: scientists, policy makers and other stake holders come together, learn from each other as they discuss food security (one of the most challenges facing the planet). Big picnic will work with the public to open up the debate n the future of our food

The project will encourage collaboration & conversation to build public understanding f food security issues and enable adults and young people and articulate their views to decision makers.

Establishing of centralized demo-sites

One demo-site will be established at TBG offices in Fort Portal and 6 others at 6 primary schools in the 3 first implementing sub-counties. In the above sites, vegetables for different types and food crops will be grown and maintained as learning sites to the public

Food Basket exhibitions;

These are farmers and other stakeholders’ events organized for food security knowledge sharing and show casing technologies applied to farming more applicable to all.