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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 second review meeting at European Commission DG Research & Innovation in Brussels was a profound success.
Our greatest achievement was to prove the EC that the money spent on this project is a solid investment.
The 3rd workshop of SL13 was a success as the team successfully arranged an open day in order to reach more participantsl. The state of RRI in Ukraine was discussed as well as the relation between various developing security technologies and RRI.
Research infrastructures, such as electronic databases, mega-telescopes and other large scale research equipments do not operate in a societal vacuum. Embedded within society their implementation and use also needs to reflect their societal implications.
Whilst research on secure, clean and efficient energy effects everyone, current and future generations all over the globe, society does currently not have a role in most of the research activities that are done in this realm going beyond the role of a mere end-user.
A series of three workshops was developed by SL Energy team on these issues.
NewHoRRIzon invites you to submit an abstract for the session ‘Opening up science through public engagement’ at the Eu-SPRI conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 3-5 June 2020.
We are relieved that our requests for a stronger consideration of SwafS and RRI have made it into the report on the web-based consultations.
The second workshop of Social Lab 6 on RISK and SMEs focused on developing and revitalizing its Pilot Actions and on identifying concrete plans to implement RRI in SMEs.
This workshop will engage in scenario-building, because scenarios can be a powerful illustrative communication tool and spark debates about which future we think is desirable for societally engaged research.
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.