January 31, 2019

Social Lab 13: Secure Societies – Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its citizens (SECURITY)

What is a Social Lab?


Horizon 2020 pillar: Societal Challenges

Social Lab 13 “Secure societies” brings together stakeholders from research, governments, civil society and industry to think, discuss and act on Responsible Research and Innovation in the field of security. Within the social lab, concrete pilot activities are developed together with the Social lab participants to address the implementation of RRI in the field of Security research and innovation.

Social Lab Workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 2-3 May 2018

Venue: Roseni Torn, Tallinn, Estonia

Presentation of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: to be confirmed

Workshop 3

Date: 10 & 11 April 2019

Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Presentation of the workshop

Pilot actions

Pilot action 1: Capacity building of RRI in higher security education

The on-going pilot “Capacity building of RRI in higher security education” targets to increase the knowledge and understanding of Responsible Research and Innovation by producing a coherent course materials for undergraduate degree students in the field of security in Finland. During the pilot we are also looking for interactive learning methods e.g. gamification, and hope to put these in actual testing.

Pilot Action 2: Developing a web-based RRI compass tool for SMEs, by which they can assess their performance against certain RRI principle

The pilot creates a toolkit for the development and promotion of RRI in AI SMEs, that could also be applied to other SME kinds too. The tool helps AI SMEs get a grip on the R&D, technical feasibility and commercial potential of their ground-breaking, innovative idea and develop it into a credible business reporting on the RRI.

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab manager: Mika Nieminen, Principal Scientists, VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Social lab co-manager: Veikko Ikonen, Senior Scientist, VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Social Lab assistant: Janika Miettinen, Research Scientist, VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd