April 2, 2019

Social Lab 12: Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies

What is a Social Lab?


Horizon 2020 pillar: Societal Challenges

Social Lab 12 “Society” brings together different stakeholders addressing urgent and cultural transformations within our societies. Migration managements, the role of memory and digitalisation of governance are only three amongst the most compelling ones.

The concept of responsibility is thus discussed and developed according to the needs of these specific challenges and of the overall objectives of reflexivity, inclusiveness and innovation characterizing the programme line. Social Lab 12 welcomes all citizens willing to contribute to the dialogue about shared values and principles, and their adaptation to the changing needs of plural societies. 

Social Lab Workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 3-4 May 2018

Place: Tallinn, Estonia

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: 2-3 May 2019

Place: Rome, Italy

Description of the workshop

Workshop 3

Date and Place: TBD

Pilot Actions

Pilot Action 1: Solidarity for Europe

The pilot aimed at discussing the role of solidarity in addressing societal issues within the RRI framework. The background of RRI served as a basis to understand what measures that are beyond the given legal framework can be adopted to increase the general level of social justice. The workshop involved researchers and policy-makers from various disciplines discussing the idea of solidarity against the backdrop of responsible innovation. The side objective of this pilot was to raise awareness about RRI to researchers who are not explictly adopting such framework.

Pilot Action 2: Data for tomorrow

The pilot aims at analyzing the role of data in improving RRI approaches. In an era of growing digitalisation it is important to understand how the governance of research and innovation can be supported or eventually jeopardized by data processing. The pilot will consist of one workshop where different stakeholders will analyse and discuss the relation between digitalisation and RRI and how the latter can benefit from the former. The pilot is strongly in line with the objectives of the Work Programme in particular with the subject “digitalisation of governance”. Besides, the pilot aims at spreading knowledge about RRI to researchers who are not dealing with its themes.

Pilot Action 3: RRI Check-List

The pilot aims at helping research funding agencies and researchers to adopt RRI in their research projects. By providing a series of examples and brief explanation, the pilot hopes to spread the six keys forming RRI across Europe. One of the reasons to do this is that often RRI implementation suffers from a discrepancy between interpretations, paving the way to confusion and subsequent dismission. Furthermore, it is difficult to translate the six keys into the different research domains because some keys might be seen as not relevant or not applicable. Besides, funding agencies and actors helping researchers in their applications might not be expert of topics inherent to RRI. Therefore, a check-list might be a fruitful and agile tool to reflect on RRI aspects and integrate them into proposals, increasing their social and scientific relevance.

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Manager: Robert Gianni robert.gianni@sciencespo.fr

Social Lab Facilitator:Ülle Must ulle.must@archimedes.ee