At the start of an RRI project: main considerations to take into account

Transmission of knowledge and lessons from finishing to starting RRI project – what is the ‘new status quo’? what elements of knowledge would starting projects benefit from coming from finishing projects? what elements of transition or ‘things to be carried forward’ by starting projects?

The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has been promoted by the European Union, namely via the SwafS funding program, for over a decade. With the launch of Horizon Europe in 2021 – and the end of the SwafS funding program – its key principles are now pushed forward via their mainstreaming in EC projects. RRI principles, key focus areas, and demonstrated benefits have become an essential component of the approach to science in Europe, and lessons learnt over the years are being shared, feeding its continuous development and embedding at European level. This webinar aims at fostering the knowledge exchange between ending and starting projects: what are the lessons learnt which have inspired new projects in their development phase and will serve them in their implementation phase? What is the 2021 vision of RRI and the specificities of its current dynamics? What legacy should be carried forward by the new generation of RRI projects, and how to secure the transition link between finishing and starting projects?

Keynote speaker: Ingeborg Meijer

Dr. Ingeborg Meijer is a senior researcher in research policy and evaluation at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University (the Netherlands). By crossing disciplinary boundaries and collaborating with policy, funders, charities, patient organisations and European R&I partners, she aims to ensure that society is able to use research, as well as improving mutual understanding and shared responsibility. She will share her experience from the latest RRI projects she has been involved in (MoRRI, NewHoRRIzon, SUPER_MoRRI).

Panelists: Nhien Nguyen, Andrea Riccio

Dr. Nhien Nguyen, Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and  Senior Researcher at Nordland Research Institute, has been leading and coordinating several research projects focusing on innovation strategies, both at the organisational level and the national/regional policy level, and namely the coordinator of the SeeRRI project, that is now ending, and involved in I AM RRI and DigiTeRRI.

Andrea Riccio, head of research strategic projects and evaluation at Roma Sapienza University, has coordinated the FIT4RRI project that has recently come to an end, and now coordinates the new RRI4Start project, that aims at a “Responsible Research & Innovation Model for Impact investment & Responsible Startups”

Moderator: Ildi Ipolyi, GRACE project coordinator

Check the 8 GRACE webinars,
every Tuesday from 26 October to 14 December

This event is part of the eight final webinars the GRACE project is holding every Tuesday from 26 October to 14 December, where project partners and external experts share their findings and provide useful knowledge to implement RRI in research performing and funding organisations

For almost three years, GRACE project partners have worked towards implementing fundamental institutional change in 6 research performing and funding organisations. With an intense mutual learning programme and a co-creation environment, six expert partners have supported six other partners in developing a set of specific RRI-orientated Grounding Actions in their organisation, paving the way for further institutional change.

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