Fourth NewHoRRIzon Policy Brief


The NewHoRRIzon project published its fourth policy brief in November 2020, authored by Stefan de Jong, Wouter van de Klippe, Tung Tung Chan, André Brasil and Ingeborg Meijer.

The forth Policy Brief deals with the free online Societal Readiness Thinking Tool which was developed as part of the NewHoRRIzon project. The thinking tool offers practical guidance for researchers who wish to mature the societal readiness of their work. The primary goal is to help researchers align their project activities with societal needs and expectations. The thinking tool asks reflective questions to stimulate thinking about how to integrate ideas about Responsible Research and Innovation into research practice, at different stages in the project life. We have designed the tool so that it is useful for researchers engaged in new as well as ongoing projects.

The use of the thinking tool was extensively tested with researchers in university settings, and helped define the recommendations.

This Policy Brief not only presents the thinking tool but also provides recommendations to policymakers, governments, research funding organizations and research institutes to support meaningful integration and articulation of RRI in research.

The meaningful integration and articulation of RRI in research is still a challenge for researchers. They need assistance and advice from governments, research funders and research institutes on the urgency and benefits of the practical integration of RRI in research while tackling five key elements determined by the project: Ethics, Gender Equality, Open Science, Public Engagement,  Science Education.

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