Monday 26

RRI Tools: so far so good

Posted by RRI Tools on 26 Jan 2015

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), a cross-cutting issue in Horizon 2020, is about bringing around the table all research and innovation stakeholders (researchers, industrialists, policy-makers, education community, civil society organizations, citizens…). An umbrella-term covering science in relation with ethics, gender equality, governance, open access, and education, RRI can also be tackled in terms of optimal research and innovation processes and their desirable outcomes for society.

At RRI Tools we are building an RRI Toolkit to make RRI happen in real life. We are 26 Consortium members and 19 National Hubs, covering 30 different countries in the European Research Area, dedicated to create this RRI Toolkit with the participation of research and innovation stakeholders. We are now in Month 13 of the project, and very important milestones have been reached:

In the very first months of 2014, we came up with a first working definition of RRI that encompasses RRI key topics, processes, and outcomes, as outlined in this figure.

In order to open up this reflection to a wider range of participants, 27 stakeholder consultation workshops in 24 European countries have been held by the RRI Hubs during Fall 2014. Around 425 participants from over 400 organizations and 30 ERA countries have gathered to survey the needs and constraints they may have towards responsible research and innovation, and to collect the RRI best practices they are aware of.

The RRI Tools stakeholder workshop at UCL, in London.

An RRI Tools stakeholders' workshop held at UCL in London

And we are now entering the exciting phase of defining how the RRI Toolkit will be, collecting the first tools, defining its structure and setting up the collaborative platform that will host the tools on our website.

The toolkit workshop in Rome: first steps

So far, so good. We are happy of the project progress and we are confident in delivering the appropriate results. As well, our processes are always open to suggestions and contributions, so do not hesitate to contact us to share your ideas and implement them into the final RRI Toolkit.

Jean-Pierre Alix and Alexia de Harambure

Jean-Pierre Alix and Alexia de Harambure work on the RRI Tools project at EuroScience in Strasbourg. EuroScience is responsible for the dissemination of the project.

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