A report from the first Cross-Sectional Workshop

The NewHoRRIzon project encompasses 19 Social Labs, which develop pilot actions to better align and implement the research and innovation actions of their specific H2020 programme line with the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Over the life-time of the project, two cross-sectional workshops aim at facilitating a fruitful exchange of experiences between the Social Labs and at coordinating common efforts.

The first Cross-Sectional Workshop was organized by the ZSI team in collaboration with IHS in Reichenau an der Rax from October 24th to October 25th 2018.

This workshop was intended to foster the exchange between the 19 Social Labs of the NewHoRRIzon project after the first of three Social Lab workshops had already been organised and pilot actions had been co-created in each of the programme lines. The social lab managers and facilitators of all the labs were invited to take part to share their hands-on experiences. Further, members of the advisory board, the project officer and oversea partners were asked to join the exchange. In total, 29 participants took part in the workshop, which was moderated by two colleagues of the ZSI team.

The workshop was used to pull experiences of the first workshops in all the different Social Labs together. A common reporting structure of all Social Labs has laid the ground for fruitful discussions of challenges and solutions throughout the two days. While keeping an eye on the overall comparability of the 19 Social Labs in total, lab specific flexibility was an important goal of the discussions. By the means of different methodologies and tools, challenges and solutions were discussed throughout the two days of the workshop. The discussed reflections as well as the in-depth open space workshop raised important issues but also laid the basis for potential solutions, which are crucial for continuing the work in the Social Labs and the pilot actions developed therein.

By the ZSI team