Funded by Horizon 2020 (European Commission)
NewHoRRIzon is a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels. The concept of RRI is an approach which intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipatory, open and responsive research and innovation systems. In this frame, multiple stakeholders (from research, business, policy making, education and civil society) are involved in research and innovation on the project and system level to better align its processes and outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. A first big step was the operationalisation of RRI into the following six key elements: ethics, gender equality, governance, public engagement, science education and open access.
- foster the integration of RRI into European, national and local Research and Innovation practice and funding
- organise 19 Social Labs and co-create pilot actions and activities and develop narratives and storylines based on the experience from these pilots
- develop and disseminate a concept of Societal Readiness of Technology (= Societal Readiness Levels)
- raise awareness on Responsible Research and Innovation and mainstream RRI best practices and NewHoRRIzon results
- provide results on how to better integrate RRI into the next European Framework Programme
- create a RRI Network including the national funding agencies and develop a RRI community starting with a RRI Ambassadors programme
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The Social Labs are at the core of the project. Their goal is to provide a socially based, experimental and systematic approach for addressing complex social challenges related to RRI. Each Social Lab is dedicated to a different section of Horizon 2020 (H2020), the current European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (see the image below). For every section of H2020 different stakeholders will gather in a Social Lab to define the social challenges at stake and develop social experiments (= pilot actions and activities) to overcome them. This process will eventually produce storylines and narratives which will be shared as widely as possible to mainstream RRI. If you are interested in participating in a Social Lab, get in touch with us at email@example.com.
More information on our page What is a social lab?.
NewHoRRIzon is dedicated to diversity and bridging spheres – starting within the project. The consortium is formed by 1 grassroots organisation, 1 NGO, 4 funding agencies, 7 universities, 3 research & technology organisations and 3 academic research organisations. They are representing 11 countries from Asia, Central & South America and Europe.
They are scholars and practitioners in innovation coming from backgrounds as diverse as:
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The authors of this brochure take the view that the present ecological challenges call for a new type of Responsible Research and Innovation
The NewHoRRIzon project published its second policy brief in September 2019. We suggest that to better integrate RRI into research funding and governance RRI as policy construct must shift from a general ‘cross-cutting issue’ to an explicit policy goal, explicated in clear guidelines for action.
On September 3rd to 5th, the RRI lab – a pilot action of Social Lab 18 – was present at the annual OpenLivingLab Days in Greece. The RRI lab aims to foster face-to-face knowledge-sharing, networking, awareness and public engagement activities around RRI.
Date: 21st-22nd March 2019 Place: Magnus-Haus, Berlin Description The objective of bringing the experts together was to assess and support the proceeding of the pilot actions that have been set up after the first workshop in May 2018 to promote the uptake of RRI. The focus of this workshop thus lied on: the state of Read more about Social Lab 11 – Workshop 2[…]
Date: 6 & 7 May 2019 Place: Ispra, Italy Description Major aim of the second workshop was to ensure that the Pilot action was running, to find out if the Pilot action owers needed any support, and to reflect and potentially adapt some aspects of the Pilot action. The Pilot action started a few weeks before the Read more about Social Lab 17 – Workshop 2[…]
SwafS’ objective is a stronger integration of the European citizens into the production of knowledge, technology and impact via appropriate participatory or representative approaches to their inclusion in process and outcomes of science, research and innovation.
Date: 2-3 May 2019 Place: Rome, Italy Description RRI is often conceived as something blurred or too general by researchers. The Social lab approach is meant to gather different subjects dealing with a similar issue and sharing knowledge in order to help each other and improve the overall issue resolution. In the case of SL12 Read more about Social Lab 12 – Workshop 2[…]
Date: 19 & 20 February 2019 Place: Tromsø, Norway Description Sixteen participants from all over Europe took part in this 2nd workshop organised by SL FOOD.Participants represented academia, research institutes, governments and industries of countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, Estonia, UK, Norway, France and Switzerland.
Date: 12 & 13 March 2019 Place: Tromsø, Norway Description The workshop brought together fourteen participants representing the following countries: Norway, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, UK, Poland and Danemark. They came from differen insitutions including academia, government, research institutions.
With the early political adoption of RRI, the European Union has been a pioneer in responding to the issues at stake; most prominently the need for public legitimacy and support for research and innovation actions that address real societal needs in a way that respects the values of European publics.